Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Review: Shatter Me

Shatter Me
By Tahereh Mafi
Release Date: November 15, 2011

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal. As long as she doesn't hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don't fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war-- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she's exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.


Mafi has created a world in the future where everything has been destroyed and everyone is trying to survive.  Through all this there is one girl who can kill people with just a touch.  Her parents didn't want her, no one wanted to be her friend, she was all alone.  They sent her to insane asylum where she would stay there until she meets Adam.  He's a boy she used to go to school with and he helps Warner gain access to Juliette, but he his intentions are not what Warner thinks.  Warner is an evil person in charge of one sector of the Reestablishment, who wants to use Juliette as a weapon.  As anything she touches dies.

Adam is assigned to protect her because they have a past together.  In this time they share together she realizes that he remembers her and she remembers him.  It's kind of sweet and weird their love for each other.  It's as if it happened instantly but in reality it was growing all along they just didn't realize it and now it's just gone full force.  Adam has a tattoo on his body that Juliette used to dream of, not something she knew until he came back into her life and just so happened to see the bird tattooed on him.  She plays along with Warner's requests until it's time for Adam and her to escape.  Which turns out to be sooner than they were planning.

During their escape Juliette learns that Adam has a brother, a ten year old boy.  James and Adam's relationship is so nice to see, it's hard to remember that sometimes the younger generation have it worse because they dont' know any better.  They are bought into this world that is in ruins and that innocence is so precious.  But soon Warner finds out where Adam and Juliette are and the pursuit continues.  But with Kenji's help they escape Warner's grasp.

They make it to a place called Omega Point.  I don't want to say much more because really now I think is when it's gets interesting, and now I really want to know what happens.  I think I read in a review of this book that it's something like a cross between Xmen and Fantastic 4, I think this is like a combination of a large group of comic book heroes and you know what, I'm loving it.  I thought the beginning was not as exciting as I thought it was going to be compared to every one's great reviews but the more I read through it the more I realized everyone was right, this book is good.  Can't wait to see what happens next.  And what ability other people in Omega Point will have.

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