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Shatter Me

by Tahereh Mafi

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | September 24, 2012 | Trade Paperback

Shatter Me is rated 4.4167 out of 5 by 12.

I have a curse.
I have a gift.

I''m a monster.
I''m more than human.

My touch is lethal.
My touch is power.

I am their weapon.
I will fight back.

No one knows why Juliette''s touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, she''s finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time-and to find a future with the one boy she thought she''d lost forever.

In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a riveting dystopian world, a thrilling superhero story, and an unforgettable heroine.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.13 × 5.38 × 0.84 in

Published: September 24, 2012

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062085506

ISBN - 13: 9780062085504

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!!!!!!!! best book i have ever red i usually don't read books like these but i am soooooo happy i did!!!!! the book kept me on edge all the time, and you never knew what was coming. it was filled with romance and action, i could not put it down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! my one complaint is that in the last book in the last couple of pages the author started to lack major detail which was a little upsetting. but overall it is one of the best books i have red
Date published: 2014-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING Someone had been taking pictures of her collection of books and this series stood out the most. I bought it on a hunch that the cover looked awesome. Turns out the books was just as great. I will definitely be reading the series again!
Date published: 2014-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from obsessed! I've read the series MULTIPLE times and I can never get enough! The first book starts a little slow, but then again i find most books do! If you're looking for a good series to start, this would be it! Cross fingers these books make it to the big screen one day!
Date published: 2014-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Ideas And Plot Shatter Me was stunning and I loved the ideas and the plot. I loved the way the characters were described but i found the author focused alot on looks and not really much on personalities except for the main character's. Also I loved the way the plot and the story line were described but I thought that the plot was a little too fast and that the author seemed to be rushing. But it was still good and I loved the way the whole thing played out and how the author described or presented it.
Date published: 2013-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Book You Cannot Put Down! Shatter Me blew me away! It was a fantastic read, from the first pages I was hooked with Juliette's story. Adam was adorable, I LOVED him throughout this book. Tahereh Mafi creates a world that is so great that it makes you want to read more about this AMAZING book. Shatter Me is one of the best books I read this year, with it action, romance and even some villains from the Reestablishment (Warner) Juliette has not touched anybody in 264 days, then she get her new cellmate Adam, and there were a few surprises for me in the beginning of the book, but they were good surprises. I loved Mafi's characters I give them 5/5, because this book is to awesome and the romance in the novel was great! Other readers say that there was "too much make-out" but there really wasn't it had the perfect amount, but remember these characters, *know each other from the past and are connected. She is able to touch Adam*(spoiler) I loved these characters, Juliette's touch is power and many people want this power to be used against the people who are bad, and Juliette does not want to participate in this, and Adam is her way out of this evil world. Mafi's writing will blow you away, because of its descriptive setting and what her world creates, you can picture it in your mind. Its beautiful and this is what I like about books, its the setting, it sets the mood and its everywhere. It did remind me of X-men but it was way better! Overall this book is one you have to pick up right away, because you will fall in love with this book, you will be addicted into the author's world and the things that are taking place at the moment. I recommend this book because its full of action, romance and a good dose of dystopian which are awesome. I cant wait to read the next book in the series, will be waiting patiently for this one. Pick up this book immediately!!
Date published: 2013-02-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book, but slightly disappointing. My reactions while reading Shatter Me (in this general order): – Oooooh pretty cover! – Ok, this is weird. Kinda emo. I don’t know if I like it yet… – What is with all the strikethroughs? The author must spend a lot of time on Tumblr, where everyone uses strikethroughs to indicate everything that runs through their brains. – So poetic! My brain is whirling with words. I haven’t read prose like this since Speak. – Of course there’s a hot guy…and then there’s another one! I think we’ve firmly established there will be a love triangle, this book, next book, eventually. – Adam is too nice. So is Juliette. But Warner is SUPER intense. – OMG something is actually happening besides Juliette’s thoughts! – Kissing. Lots of kissing. Nom nom nom. – More actiony stuff is happening! I feel exhilarated! I am so into this! What is happening?! Who just died? (Haha, just kidding; no spoilers in this review!) – Aaaand…stuff is winding down. More pretty writing. The End. My thoughts: So, this book has a lot of hype. It seems like everyone is obsessed with it. I can see why, but for me it just didn’t click. While I enjoyed Juliette’s narrative and her unique voice, some of Tahereh Mafi’s prose came across as a little trying-to-hard. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t. Sometimes it gave Juliette a lot of depth, sometimes it made it seem like she constantly thinks of the same things, over and over again. Juliette is all about repetition. She views herself as a monster, but tells Warner that she isn’t one because she didn’t intend for any of the bad stuff that happened because of her gift. In the meantime, she keeps asking Adam, again, over and over, why he’s helping her, why he doesn’t care about her ability, why he’s prepared to run, why he doesn’t think he deserves her, why he cares for her. And he keeps giving her along the same answer. Yes, we all know Juliette and Adam are perfect for each other, but for me, Adam is kind of plastic. He’s good-looking, has pretty eyes, has a great physique, is in uniform (girls love a guy in uniform), and tries to protect Juliette. His only redeeming feature is that he doesn’t treat Juliette like some delicate doll. He gives her a gun, he trusts her to take care of herself when he can’t, and he appreciates her help without trivializing it. There’s also Warner to contend with. He’s much more interesting than Adam, even if he’s kind of creepy, and has a deeper and broader emotional range. I like when Tahereh Mafi mentions the counting, and I’ve grown to like the strikethroughs, but both together makes the style kind of weird. I don’t know if they work together or not. I haven’t figure it out yet, but it seems kind of awkward. It’s a writing style I haven’t seen and it takes a while to get used to. Coupled with the repetition of certain sentences as they run through Juliette’ head like thoughts instead of a narrative makes for an interesting read. For example: "His eyes are tight, his forehead pinched, his lips his lips his lipsare 2 pieces of fustration forged together. I step backward and 10,000 tiny particles shatter between us. He drops his eyes. He turns away. He inhales and 5 fingers on one hand form a fickle fist." (53) The ending wasn’t as climactic as I’d hoped it would be. I don’t think there was enough suspense built up at the beginning of the book, and definitely not enough risks. It seemed that being fugitives and using guns were second nature to these characters, and that their escapes were too easy. Then again, this is just the first book. Everything is going to get built up a lot more, and we see this a little in the last couple of chapters with an indication of something like an imminent war between two of the major parties in the story. Conclusion: I liked the writing and I liked Juliette (except for her questioning every single one of Adam’s feelings for her). Adam came a little short for me (too perfect for my taste) and the story needed to be built up a little more, fleshed out, and intensified. I think the only thing that gave it life was the prose. I will definitely read Unravel Me, but I hope it amps it up a notch. As the first book in a series, Shatter Me was great. Stand-alone, not so much.
Date published: 2013-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Guilty pleasure Juliette is not what most feminists want to see for as a female lead, she's fragile, she needs help, she's a little lost within herself, but it fits the situation. I've read reviews about how weak she is, but Shatter Me is the start of a series, Juliette is gaining her courage, and I'm very confident she will dominate the second book. Don;t get confused, she is not a character that watches the fights, she is allows involved. I love the plot, its not what I would consider a 'full' plot. The book obviously ends at the start of the sequel, which I am incredibly excited for because I these characters are awesome, and believable for the world they are in. I had to read this book three times because I kept loving it, but I wanted to see the flaws that others had pointed out, but I didn't find them to be flaws to a strong degree because they in no way took away from the story. I can't wait for Unravel Me to come out, but that being said, don't go into this book if you are expecting a future classic full of meaning, it's just meant to be enjoyable.
Date published: 2013-01-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Powerless Heroine, A Nonexistent Plot & Weak Worldbuilding Stunningly beautiful metaphors used to describe Juliette's inner turmoil and surrounding landscape was not enough to save Shatter Me from a powerless heroine, a nonexistent plot and weak world-building. I tried I tried I tried to relate to Juliette. Having grown up abused and unloved, then thrown into solitude for almost an entire year, I started reading Shatter Me knowing that Juliette was going to be an unstable character. I knew she was going to be meek and withdrawn and I had accepted that; I was prepared for that. What I wasn't prepared for was her unrelenting lack of character development. For the vast majority of the book, she spends her time crying/trembling/gasping/blushing, all while adamantly refusing to understand how anyone, but especially Adam, could care for her. This type of behaviour I could have forgiven, had she shown any growth. But it wasn't until the last few chapters that she went from being a weak, ridiculously melodramatic and frustratingly insecure protagonist into one with the glimmer of something resembling strength. I also had a hard time justifying her words with her actions. To his face, Juliette was constantly calling Warner a "murderer" or a "monster" and when she was discussing Warner with Adam, he was called "psychotic" and "obsessed." She also often referenced how Warner was looking to own her, to make her his toy. But on the inside, she was admiring his physical appearance, often during inappropriate or life-threatening moments. There were several mentions of how beautiful his green eyes were, or how smooth and sensual his voice was. There's even a scene where she lets Warner kiss her, and is surprised that she feels a connection between them and that she likes how he tastes. I just couldn't understand how I was supposed to respect, let alone relate, to the type of heroine who would let herself be so easily manipulated by someone who had forced her to endanger the life of a young child, who had held her captive - controlling when/what she ate and what she was allowed to wear - and who threatened the life of the person she claimed to love. My issues with Juliette aside, I was also disappointed with the world-building...or I should I say, lack of world-building. Being labelled a dystopian, I was eager to learn about the world Juliette inhabited and how it had reached that point. I was excited to see how Juliette and Adam rose up against the Reestablishment, to use Juliette's strange power against those, like Warner, who would see it used as a weapon. But Shatter Me is much more a paranormal romance with a dystopian setting than a pure dystopian, so my knowledge of the world was limited by how it affected her growing relationship with Adam. Sure, we were provided with the odd detail here and there, but I'm having a very hard time coming up with the entire picture. And the little details which were leaked were drowned amidst the overabundant use of metaphors and flowery prose, with the dystopia only making its presence known in order to make the romance interesting. It was during these more flowery prose moments that I most questioned the dystopian elements. It's mentioned several times how barren the landscape is, with every living thing having perished without adequate heat/nourishment from the sun. Juliette and Adam both comment with awe on how birds used to be able to fly. How would Juliette know what a field of lilies in full bloom looks like? I found there were a lot of instances where the metaphors either didn't make sense in the context of Shatter Me's particular dystopian setting, or just didn't make sense at all. As for the plot itself, it was virtually nonexistent. Most of Shatter Me is spent watching Juliette question herself and her ability to love and be loved. There's also a lot of steamy shower scenes, where nothing but heavy breathing and lip hovering near ears seems to happen. Moments of danger and heightened suspense - fleeing from the compound with gunshots going off in the near distance, for example - were all made less immediate with inappropriate inclusions of tender moments; I'm on edge, urging the characters to keep moving and they're stopping to stare deeply into each other's eyes. I kept being pulled from moments which would have made the plot seem more action-packed and eventful by seemingly stupid moments of passion between Adam and Juliette. Beautifully poetic with it's flowery prose, Shatter Me was a delight to read - in that I enjoyed the writing. But the content which made up the writing had a few too many flaws for me to completely immerse myself in the story. If you go into Shatter Me thinking it is a paranormal romance, you might get more enjoyment out of it then I did, expecting a dystopian.
Date published: 2012-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED it. Touted as “When Hunger Games meets X-Men”, Tahereh Mafi’s debut novel Shatter Me doesn’t disappoint. The readers are first introduced to Juliette as an emaciated prisoner in a dilapidated asylum. Her powers which had imprisoned her, have now caught the attention of several key figures. In a world that’s now a ghost of what it once was, Juliette struggles to listen to her instincts on who can or can’t be trusted while learning to accept that her Rogue-like powers will tempt people to exploit her for their own agenda. At only 23 years old, Mafi has excelled at penning a phenomenal debut novel. Filled with romance and dystopian intrigue, I absolutely could not put this book down. The narration style allowed the readers to feel like they were in Juliette’s head, living the confusion and uncertainty as she thinks and rethinks many of her thoughts, simply (and yet so brilliantly) illustrated by the crossed out words strikethroughs. The description and imagery is so vivid & imaginative, looking at the world in a different way. One particular analogy stuck out at me, where Mafi writes that the sun is like a negligent parent, only there half the time. I actually also found the story reminiscent of another favourite book/movie of mine, V for Vendetta, where an imprisoned girl finds herself in a world where it is governed by fear and corruption. I had finished this book over a week ago and it has taken me this long to write my review. I felt I couldn’t find the right words to do this book justice. Mafi is an extremely talented young writer, making something as simple as a touch so coveted and yearned for. This and other reviews can be found at JustALilLost.com
Date published: 2012-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling Debut! I have no idea where to begin. The buzz and positive reviews have really said it all. I'm not sure how to articulate how I felt while reading this, in a way that will stand out do the book justice. It was exceptional from the first page. The fact that this is my favourite genre to read probably has something to do with my love for this story, but I also think the writing was strong, the plot was compelling and I adored Juliette. I wavered between wanting to be her (um...can we say Adam!) and wanting to rescue her myself. I read this is in one sitting. I could not tear myself away, and I know that I'll need to go back and re-read again because at the rate I turned the pages I'm sure I missed a few things. :) Tahereh has a gifted writing style. She's able to compel the reader forward, but there is still beauty in her words. I marked many phrases and quotes from the book as I read. As I go back to read again, I'm sure I'll find more. I am looking forward to reading it again, and can not wait for more from this talented author. Very Highly Recommended. For more reviews check out: www.lostinthelibrary.com
Date published: 2011-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best debuts of the year! Originally Posted at http://dazzlingreads.blogspot.com/ Oh.My.Lord!! Truth is, I find no words to start a review for this book. I think "Oh.My.God" is the one little sentence that can abstractly describe my feelings toward it. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi simply blew my mind, and it did it from the first page until the last. There are many great books out there but only a few, very few, can engage me to the point that I stop everything in my life to read them. This book absolutely reached that level! Shatter Me is a book I couldn't put down, and I knew I wouldn't until I reached the last page. From the beginning Mafi' s writing captivated me with an eloquent and unique voice. Juliette voice is so strong and alive that it feels real. To be in Juliette's head was tormenting and lovely at the same time. When we first meet her, she is in a asylum. She has been there for 264 days and haven't seen a soul nor talk to any one during all those days. Her entire life has been suffering and isolation and I couldn't help but feel for her. Yet, Juliette is a girl that, despite everything she's been through, keeps an enormous heart that "all [she has] ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with [her] hands but with [her] heart." (p.69) The torment of her miserable existence cracked my heart. It felt like seeing someone real shattering right in front of my eyes, with only a tiny notebook and a pen to hold onto life... "These Words are my vomit. This Shaky pen is my esophagus. This sheet of paper is my porcelain bowl." (p.11) ... until Adam shows up. Adam is simply one of the best male characters I have ever read! He is officially Up There with Dimitri Belikov and Jace Wayland and God only knows how much I love those two! Adam is, certainly, a hero that will imprint his own mark in every reader's heart. Besides these two extraordinary characters, there is James and Kenji though I won't say anything about them. I think is much better if readers meet them by themselves. Also, there is another particular character that I absolutely hate, Warner. He is, a terrific villain with a beautiful face and a rotten heart. Tahereh Mafi did the perfect job creating such a monstrous, yet alluring character. Shatter Me is full with action and romance from beginning to end. There wasn't even one page that I didn't enjoy. The story kept me immersed in the decaying world Mafi created. The detailed descriptions made this world so touchable, so real. But, Shatter Me is not only a book about action and romance. Actually, strong themes such as isolation, war/coup d'etat and environmentalism are greatly important in the story (and in our own world). "Our people is dying because we are feeding them poison. Animals are dying because we are forcing them to eat waste, forcing them to live in their own filth, caging them together and abusing them. Plants are withering away because we are dumping chemicals into the earth that make them hazardous to our health. But these are things we can fix" (p.307) I am vegetarian and this paragraph really touched me. Mafi tells a truth, a terrible truth that does happen today but at the same time, in this fictional world, she gives me hope. Shatter Me is one of my favorite books of 2011. I loved this book to such point, that when I finish reading Shatter Me, I felt that Tahereh Mafi wrote this book for me. The plot is rich in every in every single way and I couldn't abandon my book for more than a few minutes. I was holding my breathe most of the time and every time I turned the page, more and more kept coming. The writing is absolutely captivating. Readers wont be able to get away from the pages that Mafi so extraordinarily wrote! This book is more than an outstanding debut! Shatter Me will absolutely be one of those unforgettable books of 2011 and readers will probably read this book more than twice! Obviously, I am one of them!
Date published: 2011-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An incredible debut! I'm so happy I got the opportunity to read Shatter Me. Tahereh Mafi has written a debut that's not only filled with absolutely beautiful writing, but has extremely unique individuals, and a romance that'll melt you into a puddle. It was ah-ma-ZING! Juliette has been locked up for almost a year. 264 days without speaking, without socializing, proper food or shelter. 264 days without human touch. Juliette's has the unusual curse gift of a touch that can kill. After a horrible accident, she's basically shunned by her peers, elders, even her parents, until The Reestablishment take her away for their own sinister plans. Juliette is a fabulous main character, and she's so real. I loved the way her thoughts were sometimes frantic, or thoughtful, sometimes precise or not even grammatically correct. You truly feel that you're right there with her, her fears, her anger, her sadness. The crossed out words only made this more pronounced. She's so ashamed and disgusted with her power, and being witness to Juliette growing stronger, accepting herself and her ability, find the possibility of love, was nothing short of breath taking. And speaking of love: Adam. Adam. Adam, the one with the hidden agenda, who took risks, said all the right things and made Juliette feel human again. *Melts* There were serious flames developing between these two. I had to make sure I wasn't grinning like a creep while reading this on the bus! And then there was Warner, the very complex bad guy. He's so obsessed with Juliette, and his unquestionable need for power and desire to get what he wants makes him a very formidable character. I was torn between hate and pity for him, and am still really uncertain about what kind of person Warner really is. The world of Shatter Me is pretty bleak, but there's always that hopeful spark throughout that you wait to burst into some sort of avenging inferno. The action slowed towards the end to make way for a huge reveal, and it so played like a superhero movie in my head. I even had that dramatic background music and the fade-to-black ending! So epic! Bottom Line Is this going to be a movie? It would make an awesome movie. Powers and a corrupt government, creepy villain and a breathtaking, smoldering romance. This is the kind of book that makes you sigh happily as you finish before frantically yelling its praises and/or hunting down book 2. When Tahereh?! WHEN. I loved this so much! Review from my blog: http://allofeverythingforyou.blogspot.com/2011/11/review-shatter-me-by-tahereh-mafi.html
Date published: 2011-11-08

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Shatter Me

by Tahereh Mafi

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.13 × 5.38 × 0.84 in

Published: September 24, 2012

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062085506

ISBN - 13: 9780062085504

About the Book

"The Hunger Games" meets X-Men in this debut novel that "Publishers Weekly" called "a gripping read from an author who's not afraid to take risks."

From the Publisher

I have a curse.
I have a gift.

I''m a monster.
I''m more than human.

My touch is lethal.
My touch is power.

I am their weapon.
I will fight back.

No one knows why Juliette''s touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, she''s finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time-and to find a future with the one boy she thought she''d lost forever.

In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a riveting dystopian world, a thrilling superhero story, and an unforgettable heroine.

About the Author

Tahereh Mafi is a girl. She was born in a small city somewhere in Connecticut and currently resides in Orange County, California, where the weather is just a little too perfect for her taste. When unable to find a book, she can be found reading candy wrappers, coupons, and old receipts. Shatter Me and Unravel Me are the first two novels in a trilogy about Juliette.

Editorial Reviews

"Fans of Cashore''s Fire, Oliver''s Delirium, and, yes, Twilight will find this addictive." (Bulletin of the Center for Children''s Books)
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