Goodreads Summary: Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
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.
I absolutely loved this book completely. A lot of my friends and fellow bookworms kept on bugging me to start this series and I wanted to know what the whole fuss was about. Can I just say that I am an idiot for waiting so long to do so? I usually get bored with dystopian books because they tend to be repetitive and I feel like I’m reading the same book over and over. This book was more than what I expected. It change my perspective on dystopian books and reminded me that there are some diamonds in the rough. I can’t believe what I have been missing this whole time! This really is one series that lives up to all the hype and then some.
The book starts out with Juliette who is imprisoned in an asylum due to the fact that she murdered a little boy three years ago by her deadly touch. She writes in a small red notebook to convey her feelings because she has no one to talk to. Throughout the novel, there are parts that are crossed out
like this to symbolize her thoughts in certain situations. Soon, she gets a cellmate named Adam Kent, who is undeniably gorgeous and is strangely interested in Juliette. Out of no where, the Reestablishment, the government that controls over everything, comes for Juliette. We soon find out that Adam is a soldier for the leader of Sector 45 of the Reestablishment. The leader, Warner, gives Juliette an offer that includes her being able to get out of the asylum in turn for her being Warner’s personal weapon. Juliette has to choose: a lavish lifestyle being a dangerous weapon for the Reestablishment or defy Warner and be sent back to the asylum. What Juliette doesn’t know is that there is a Rebellion waiting for the right moment to overthrow the Reestablishment…
I don’t even know where to begin to describe the barren almost desolate feel to the world that Mafi has created. It is considered as dystopian possible but there is so much more to this story than a harsh dying world. This has all the elements I love in any book: it is captivating, it has such beautiful writing, and complex characters. I loved the voice Tahereh Mafi decided to give Juliette. She was strong, determined, and wanted to do the right thing. She really is quite the unique character in every way imaginable. Her voice is innocent and child like one minute and insightful and deep the next. She has so much goodness inside of her with her ability to see the good in people and to care about a world that has been nothing but harsh and cruel to her.
Adam is definitely one you won’t forget. The first moment we meet Adam in the asylum, I squealed with excitement. He is sweet and caring and just fabulous. He was so strong and wanted the best for Juliette. He would risk everything if it meant Juliette’s safety. Adam is absolutely on my list of swoon-worthy characters.
Overall, I totally recommend that you read Shatter Me, if you haven’t already. Shatter Me was more than I ever imagined. It was an explosion of perfection, romance, and nail-biting action. Truthfully, even if you don’t like dystopia or paranormal YA books, I’d recommend you read Shatter Me anyways because I could see it being of interest to all readers. The only negative thing I could say about Shatter Me was that I wanted more Kenji moments! He was my favorite supporting character, so I would have loved more of his witty comments!
Until next time….
Catcha later bookworms!