Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – Near Perfect, easily one of my all-time favorites.

Warning: May contain spoilers.

Juliette’s touch is lethal. Sucking the energy from living people whenever she makes skin-to-skin contact with other people.

And that sucks. A lot.

Which is why she’s locked in isolation, with no one to talk to. That is, until she gets herself a cellmate.

Oh, wow. This was not a light read—at all. It was heavy on emotions, anxiety, fear and, most of all, the absence of hope.

Juliette’s pain was both easy, and impossible, to fully relate to. The descriptions fully explained how much she loathed her very existence, but at the same time, her situation isn’t something that anyone can empathize with. Sure, her sense of guilt, self-hatred and sorrow from being tossed away by her parents—the two people who should technically love her no matter what. That was all easy to understand.

But her fear of hurting someone with her touch, and actually enjoying it? Oh boy. I don’t think I can relate to that at all.

And I’m kinda glad that I don’t have to.

The story isn’t described in the same sense as many other science fiction stories, and I kinda enjoyed that part. There’s enough to get the sense that the world has seen better days, but at the same time, it wasn’t a focus on the world building. It was all raw emotions and Juliette’s observations.

Also… I totally call dibs on Warner from the start. (^__^)

Would recommend to fans of hunger games. And even fans of the Lunar Chronicles. Since I finished Lunar Chronicles just days before I started this one, I can say that while they aren’t similar, the two writing styles did their best to highlight different aspects of the reading experience.

Just read it.

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