Shatter Me (Shatter Me Series #1)

Shatter Me (Shatter Me Series #1)

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by Tahereh Mafi

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"You can't touch me," I whisper.

I'm lying, is what I don't tell him.

He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him.

But things happen when people touch me.

Strange things.

Bad things.

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

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"You can't touch me," I whisper.

I'm lying, is what I don't tell him.

He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him.

But things happen when people touch me.

Strange things.

Bad things.

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.

Editorial Reviews

One window; four walls; sixteen square feet of space. For exactly 264 days, Juliette has been imprisoned in a small room because she touched someone and that person died. Outside, plague and famine have reduced the world to a ruined, violent place ruled by the despotic Reestablishment. Then, after those 264 days, those 6,336 hours of enforced solitude, the cursed 17-year-old has been selected to kill dissidents. Only time will tell if she and her gorgeous young male companion will survive—or die trying. Will they be weapons or warriors? A dystopian novel with a romantic hook.

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Shatter Me Series, #1
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)
HL650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Chapter Twenty-Six

Adam finds me curled into a ball on the shower floor.

I've been crying for so long I'm certain the hot water is made of nothing but my tears. My clothes are stuck to my skin, wet and useless. I want to wash them away. I want to drown in ignorance. I want to be stupid, dumb, mute, completely devoid of a brain. I want to cut off my own limbs. I want to be rid of this skin that can kill and these hands that destroy and this body I don't even know how to understand.

Everything is falling apart.

"Juliette . . ." He presses his hand against the glass. I can hardly hear him.

When I don't respond he opens the shower door. He's pelted with rebel raindrops and kicks his boots off before falling to his knees on the tile floor. He reaches in to touch my arms and the feeling only makes me more desperate to die. He sighs and pulls me up, just enough to lift my head. His hands trap my face and his eyes search me, search through me until I look away.

"I know what happened," he says softly.

My throat is a reptile, covered in scales. "Someone should just kill me," I croak, cracking with every word.

Adam's arms wrap around me until he's tugged me up and I'm wobbling on my legs and we're both standing upright. He steps into the shower and slides the door shut behind him.

I gasp.

He holds me up against the wall and I see nothing but his white T-shirt soaked through, nothing but the water dancing down his face, nothing but his eyes full of a world I'm dying to be a part of.

"It wasn't your fault," he whispers.

"It's what I am," I choke.

"No. Warner's wrong about you," Adam says. "He wants you to be someone you're not, and you can't let him break you. Don't let him get into your head. He wants you to think you're a monster. He wants you to think you have no choice but to join him. He wants you to think you'll never be able to live a normal life—"

"But I won't live a normal life." I swallow a hiccup. "Not ever—I'll n-never—"

Adam is shaking his head. "You will. We're going to get out of here. I won't let this happen to you."

"H-how could you possibly care about someone . . . like me?" I'm barely breathing, nervous and petrified but somehow staring at his lips, studying the shape, counting the drops of water tumbling over the hills and valleys of his mouth.

"Because I'm in love with you."

I swallow my stomach. My eyes snap up to read his face but I'm a mess of electricity, humming with life and lightning, hot and cold and my heart is erratic. I'm shaking in his arms and my lips have parted for no reason at all.

His mouth softens into a smile. My bones have disappeared.

I'm spinning with delirium.

His nose is touching my nose, his lips one breath away, his eyes devouring me already and I'm a puddle with no arms and no legs. I can smell him everywhere; I feel every point of his figure pressed against mine. His hands at my waist, gripping my hips, his legs flush against my own, his chest overpowering me with strength, his frame built by bricks of desire. The taste of his words lingers on my lips.

"Really . . . ?" I have one whisper of incredulity, one conscious effort to believe what's never been done. I'm flushed through my feet, filled with unspoken everything.

He looks at me with so much emotion I nearly crack in half.

"God, Juliette—"

And he's kissing me.

Once, twice, until I've had a taste and realize I'll never have enough. He's everywhere up my back and over my arms and suddenly he's kissing me harder, deeper, with a fervent urgent need I've never known before. He breaks for air only to bury his lips in my neck, along my collarbone, up my chin and cheeks and I'm gasping for oxygen and he's destroying me with his hands and we're drenched in water and beauty and the exhilaration of a moment I never knew was possible.

He pulls back with a low groan and I want him to take his shirt off.

I need to see the bird. I need to tell him about the bird.

My fingers are tugging at the hem of his wet clothes and his eyes widen for only a second before he rips the material off himself. He grabs my hands and lifts my arms above my head and pins me against the wall, kissing me until I'm sure I'm dreaming, drinking in my lips with his lips and he tastes like rain and sweet musk and I'm about to explode.

My knees are knocking together and my heart is beating so fast I don't understand why it's still working. He's kissing away the pain, the hurt, the years of self-loathing, the insecurities, the dashed hopes for a future I always pictured as obsolete. He's lighting me on fire, burning away the torture of Warner's games, the anguish that poisons me every single day. The intensity of our bodies could shatter these glass walls.

It nearly does.

For a moment we're just staring at each other, breathing hard until I'm blushing, until he closes his eyes and takes one ragged, steadying breath and I place my hand on his chest. I dare to trace the outline of the bird soaring across his skin, I dare to trail my fingers down the length of his abdomen.

"You're my bird," I tell him. "You're my bird and you're going to help me fly away."

Adam is gone by the time I get out of the shower.

He wrung his clothes out and dried himself off and granted me privacy to change. Privacy I'm not sure I care about anymore. I touch 2 fingers to my lips and taste him everywhere.

But when I step into the room he's not anywhere. He had to report downstairs.

I stare at the clothes in my closet.

I always choose a dress with pockets because I don't know where else to store my notebook. It doesn't carry any incriminating information, and the one piece of paper that bore Adam's handwriting has since been destroyed and flushed down the toilet, but I like to keep it close to me. It represents so much more than a few words scribbled on paper. It's a small token of my resistance.

I tuck the notebook into a pocket and decide I'm finally ready to face myself. I take a deep breath, push the wet strands of hair away from my eyes, and pad into the bathroom. The steam from the shower has clouded the mirror. I reach out a tentative hand to wipe away a small circle. Just big enough.

A scared face stares back at me.

I touch my cheeks and study the reflective surface, study the image of a girl who's simultaneously strange and familiar to me. My face is thinner, paler, my cheekbones higher than I remember them, my eyebrows perched above 2 wide eyes not blue not green but somewhere in between. My skin is flushed with heat and something named Adam. My lips are too pink. My teeth are unusually straight. My finger is trailing down the length of my nose, tracing the shape of my chin when I see a movement in the corner of my eye.

"You're so beautiful," he says to me.

I'm pink and red and maroon all at once. I duck my head and trip away from the mirror only to have him catch me in his arms. "I'd forgotten my own face," I whisper.

"Just don't forget who you are," he says.

"I don't even know."

"Yes you do." He tilts my face up. "I do."

I stare at the strength in his jaw, in his eyes, in his body. I try to understand the confidence he has in who he thinks I am and realize his reassurance is the only thing stopping me from diving into a pool of my own insanity. He's always believed in me. Even soundlessly, silently, he fought for me. Always.

He's my only friend.

I take his hand and hold it to my lips. "I've loved you forever," I tell him.

The sun rises, rests, shines in his face and he almost smiles, almost can't meet my eyes. His muscles relax, his shoulders find relief in the weight of a new kind of wonder and he exhales. He touches my cheek, touches my lips, touches the tip of my chin and I blink and he's kissing me, he's pulling me into his arms and into the air and somehow we're on the bed and tangled in each other and I'm drugged with emotion, drugged by each tender moment. His fingers skim my shoulder, trail down my silhouette, rest at my hips. He pulls me closer, whispers my name, drops kisses down my throat and struggles with the stiff fabric of my dress. His hands are shaking so slightly, his eyes brimming with feeling, his heart thrumming with pain and affection and I want to live here, in his arms, in his eyes for the rest of my life.

I slip my hands under his shirt and he chokes on a moan that turns into a kiss that needs me and wants me and has to have me so desperately it's like the most acute form of torture. His weight is pressed into mine, on top of mine, infinite points of feeling for every nerve ending in my body and his right hand is behind my neck and his left hand is reeling me in and his lips are falling down my shirt and I don't understand why I need to wear clothes anymore and I'm a cumulonimbus existence of thunder and lightning and the possibility of exploding into tears at any inopportune moment. Bliss Bliss Bliss is beating through my chest.

I don't remember what it means to breathe.

I never




what it meant to feel.

An alarm is hammering through the walls.

The room beeps and blares to life and Adam stiffens, pulls back; his face collapses.

"This is a CODE SEVEN. All soldiers must report to the Quadrant immediately. This is a CODE SEVEN. All soldiers must report to the Quadrant immediately. This is a CODE SEVEN. All soldiers must report to the Quadra—"

Adam is on his feet and pulling me up and the voice is still shouting orders through a speaker system wired into the building. "There's been a breach," he says, his voice broken and breathy, his eyes darting between me and the door. "Jesus. I can't just leave you here—"

"Go," I tell him. "You have to go—I'll be fine—"

Footsteps are thundering through the halls and soldiers are barking at each other so loudly I can hear it through the walls. Adam is still on duty. He has to perform. He has to keep up appearances until we can leave. I know this.

He pulls me close. "This isn't a joke, Juliette—I don't know what's happening—it could be anything—"

A metal click. A mechanical switch. The door slides open and Adam and I jump 10 feet apart.

Adam rushes to exit just as Warner is walking in. They both freeze.

"I'm pretty sure that alarm has been going off for at least a minute, soldier."

"Yes sir. I wasn't sure what to do about her." He's suddenly composed, a perfect statue. He nods at me like I'm an afterthought but I know he's just slightly too stiff in the shoulders. Breathing just a beat too fast.

"Lucky for you, I'm here to take care of that. You may report to your commanding officer."

"Sir." Adam nods, pivots on one heel, and darts out the door. I hope Warner didn't notice his hesitation.

Warner turns to face me with a smile so calm and casual I begin to question whether the building is actually in chaos. He studies my face. My hair. Glances at the rumpled sheets behind me and I feel like I've swallowed a spider. "You took a nap?"

"I couldn't sleep last night."

"You've ripped your dress."

"What are you doing here?" I need him to stop staring at me, I need him to stop drinking in the details of my existence.

"If you don't like the dress, you can always choose a different one, you know. I picked them out for you myself."

"That's okay. The dress is fine." I glance at the clock for no real reason. It's already 4:30 in the afternoon. "Why won't you tell me what's going on?"

He's too close. He's standing too close and he's looking at me and my lungs are failing to expand. "You should really change."

"I don't want to change." I don't know why I'm so nervous. Why he's making me so nervous. Why the space between us is closing too quickly.

He hooks a finger in the rip close to the drop-waist of my dress and I bite back a scream. "This just won't do."

"It's fine—"

He tugs so hard on the rip that it splits open the fabric and creates a slit up the side of my leg. "That's a bit better."

"What are you doing—"

His hands snake up my waist and clamp my arms in place and I know I need to defend myself but I'm frozen and I want to scream but my voice is broken broken broken. I'm a ragged breath of desperation.

"I have a question," he says, and I try to kick him in this worthless dress and he just squeezes me up against the wall, the weight of his body pressing me into place, every inch of him covered in clothing, a protective layer between us. "I said I have a question, Juliette."

His hand slips into my pocket so quickly it takes me a moment to realize what he's done. I'm panting up against the wall, shaking and trying to find my head.

"I'm curious," he says. "What is this?"

He's holding my notebook between 2 fingers.

Oh God.

This dress is too tight to hide the outline of the notebook and I was too busy looking at my face to check the dress in the mirror. This is all my fault all my fault all my fault all my fault I can't believe it. This is all my fault. I should've known better.

I say nothing.

He cocks his head. "I don't recall giving you a notebook. I certainly don't remember granting you allowance for any possessions, either."

"I brought it with me." My voice catches.

"Now you're lying."

"What do you want from me?" I panic.

"That's a stupid question, Juliette."

The soft sound of smooth metal slipping out of place. Someone has opened my door.


"Get your hands off of her before I bury a bullet in your head."

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pagese More than 1 year ago
Well this was a surprise. I actually didn't set my standards too high for this one because I just didn't feel like I had enough to go on. It sounded intriguing and the cover is awesome. I actually ended up tearing through it and the storyline kept me guessing. I was instantly drawn to Juliette. She's completely isolated from society. She doesn't speak or touch other humans. Her only communication with the outside world is the alarms that signal different part of the day (but those aren't even an regular intervals). She's been shunned her entire life, and feels like even her own parents wanted nothing to do with her. She may not like being all alone, but she feels being away from society is the best thing for her. And even she doesn't know what she's fully capable of. Entire in Adam. He suddenly appears as her cellmate. She's terrified of being around another human. She doesn't trust why he's there, and for very good reason. It's a test she passes with flying colors. The Reestablishment wants to use her as a weapon to bring those who defy them under their control. She's taken from her cell into a house rich in luxuries she never had in the outside world. But, she's has no desire to use her touch to bring people pain, no matter how grandly she is treated. Warner is the leader of The Reestablishment's son. He seems to get a particularly gruesome kick out of the pain the Juliette can cause people. He's the one who wants to use her for his own gain. His character really intrigued me. He's extremely twisted and is convinced that Juliette enjoys it as much as he does. He will stop at nothing to keep her under his control. The tests he sets up for Juliette to perform were horrible! The story takes an interesting twist when we learn that Adam is not all that he seems. It turns out he has a special connection to Juliette which he plays to his advantage. For awhile, I wasn't sure which side he was truly on, which is I'm sure how that author intended you to feel. When the truth comes out, I ended up completely in love with his character. As Adam and Juliette learn who they can trust concerning what is really happening in the outside world, the story starts racing forward at breathtaking speed. There for some many things that happened that I really wasn't expecting. This wasn't your typical dystopian and I think that's why I was so surprised by it. I ended up really enjoying it. Can't wait for the next one!
Ieva More than 1 year ago
This book had everything you would want: action, emotion, romance. I could not put it down, and discarded all my homework to finish it. Due to the romance in the novel, I would not recommend it to anyone under 15; it was not as inappropriate as a romance novel, but some parts got close, and I know some parents look out for that for their 13 year olds. Otherwise, there were no curse words that caught my attention, and I really enjoyed it. I highly recommend it.
vickytren More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful read I enjoyed reading. Couldn't put it down.
PageGirl More than 1 year ago
The Writing: Tahereh Mafi, you had me at your cross-outs! When you read this you will see, her style of writing here gives you insight and subtext to the main character, Juliette and you almost feel that you are in on her secret and everyone else is on the outside. It's just you and her trying to get through this, together! There are times in Mafi's writing where you feel you are hearing someone tell a story; a story they are so excited to share, they don't even have time to take breath. There is almost a 60's beatnik poetry reading feel to the rhythm of the words. You are there, caught in the experience and I was loving every minute of it. I read this story on a recent weekend cruise to Mexico, and with all of the wonderful distractions to be had, I sat there in my nice dress eating lobster tail but all that was going through my head was: What is going to happen next with Juliette and Adam?; What will the Reestablishment force Juliette into next?; Will she escape?; How will this end?; and (most importantly) Book 2 better already be in the works! The Concept: OK, I don't know about you, but I am one of those wives that is at every blockbuster comic-book-based movie that her husband drags her to. I've paid extra money to go to the Arch-light Theater in L.A. to see one of the many Spiderman movies without all of the hooligan distractions that often come with comic-book-movie viewing. I've been at many a meal where the intricacies of each movie in the series, was not only discussed but also compared to the original comic book stories. What I sayin' is, I'm kinda "in the know" when it comes to comic book themes! Well ladies, Mafi has written a version for us. She has taken the forever male dominated story line of humans with superpowers, battling over the world and addressed it from a pointedly female perspective. Mix that with my ever beloved theme of dystopian society literature, and guess what, I love it! THE ROMANCE: "O MY!" is what I thought as I sat by the pool on the cruise ship, giggling and blushing looking around to be sure nobody could see the images Mafi was painting in my head. Trust me, I would not let my 12 year old read this, but I would suggest it to all of my married lady friends out there! Hubba Hubba (read that last part with a deep voice)! Put this one on your pre-order list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely AMAZING! I was hooked as soon as I read the first page. A few of my fav quotes includes - 1. "He's wrong... He's so wrong... He's more wrong than an upside-down rainbow." 2. "I am a being compromised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction. They want to delete every point of punctutation in my life from this earth and I don't think I can let that happen." *SPOILER AHEAD* Juliet is escorted to "Warner's domain"--- "Dirty money is dripping from the walls, a year's supply of food wasted on marble floors, hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical aid poured into fancy furniture and Persian rugs. I feel the artificial heat pouring in through air vents and think of children screaming for clean water. I squint through crystal chandeliers and hear mothers begging for mercy. I see a superficial world existing in the midst of a terrorizing reality and I can't move. I can't breathe." THIS IS JUST A SNIPPET OF MAFI'S POWERFUL WRITING. YOU WILL HAVE TO READ THIS FOR YOURSELF!!
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
This book is simply earth shattering. As soon as I got this book, I began reading right before work and didn't stop. Let just say, I was a little late. What really gripped me about this book is the really strong connection the reader has with the main character Juliette. As the reader begins reading Juliette's life, you are thrown into a dark peril of everlasting pain. Poor Juliette. To not be able to touch anyone. To have people dismiss you as you are a monster or something else....The heart breaking trouble that Juliette went through made me angry. Juliette knew that people were mean to her but her heart was in the right place. Now, the love interest was really neat. I love it when you read a book and a person from the past comes into the picture who you never thought would be there. With the introduction of Adam everything just came faster as you read. Adam, I can say really shattered Juliette. He said all the right things, did all the right things, and he loved her. Adam made me swooooonnn! He even made my heart shatter!! As far as the storyline goes, I really loved how it flowed. Nothing was too fast or too slow. As the reader, you see every little piece come together, as you follow Adam and Juliette. I like how the government was seen as control. Ms. Mafi gave you a really descriptive picture of the future there. You saw how people were treated and what was happening to the earth. Ms. Mafi wrote a earth shattering, absolutely amazing book! All the characters as well as the storyline was all cleanly written. Ms. Mafi made it possible to be in the characters shoes as well as feel them. I can't wait to read the next breath taking book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book yesterday and I am already done with it. I stayed up until midnight to read. Shatter me had me laughing smiling blushing and crying along with the characters. This is the best book I have ever read! I do not reccomend this book for people under 11. Biggest fan of this book ever! Does anyone know if there is or is going to be a seond book?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Words cannot describe this book. It is simply amazing. The writing is amazing. This author is one of my new favorites. Her writing is tangably brilliant. This book starts off strong and stays that way. It cauht me in its grip and would not let go. Five stars. Amazing. Must read. Just get it!
Teelovesgio More than 1 year ago
Warning: This book is FANTASTIC! MIND BLOWING! BLOOD PUMPING PURE ADRENALINE! My Rating: 10 of 10 My Cover Thoughts: The reason why I picked up the book was because of the cover. You see a girl on there with this long hair blowing every where and she is dressed in this white gown. You look at it and you say what the heck? What kind of book is this? Then you flip to the back and read the small blurb and you are hooked! My Thoughts/Review: Juliette doesn¿t know who she is. She has never been told what she can do and why she can do it. Her family has turned their back on her and so has the system. Until one day she meets a boy with the most piercing blue eyes she has ever seen and she can¿t help but get lost in them. What she does not know is that he just may be her ticket to freedom. Everyone wants to use Juliette as a weapon but all she wants is to be left alone. She does not want revenge on the people who abandoned her or the people who hurt her. All she wants is to live a normal life. But who can do that when there is a war going on and she is stuck right in the middle of it. She will have to learn how to trust people if she is going to survive. Tahereh has done an excellent job of weaving together a story of love, betrayal, and sacrifice. This story had me on the edge of my seat saying OMG that just did not happen did it? Where are they going? What are they doing? I loved this so much I sent a copy to my girls JoJo and Bella! Lord girls I hope you love it like I did! Happy reading everyone because this book is going to leave you speechless and wanting more! I NEED the second book like ASAP! Lord the ending was just enough to keep you breathless until the second one comes out next year I hope. Memorable Quotes: Page 52 Warner talking to Juliette: ¿I know your secret, Juliette. I know why you¿re in here. Your entire life is documented in hospital records, complaints to authorities, messy lawsuits, public demands to have you locked up.¿ Advice: THIS IS A MUST READ! THIS SERIES IS GOING TO BE EPIC!
Jaime13 More than 1 year ago
I'll openly admit this was one of those books like Divergent that I had friends pushing me to read. Every day they were like "Have you started yet? Why not?" and my best reasoning was I have other books I need to read and review first I'll get to it soon. Well finally one afternoon Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads and Rachel from Fiktshun told Patricia how awesome it was so she started bugging me to read it so, I finally did. Let me tell you I should have not have held onto this ARC for so long without reading it!!!! This book was fantastic, brilliant, amazeballs, awesomesauce, and every other word that you can think of for great! The lyrical prose was beautifully written, the story flowed like a song flying off the pages! I literally dreamt about this book for the past three nights while reading it! I also cried quite a bit but, I laughed and smiled as well. I am hopelessly in love with Adam and very jealous of Juliette ;) Tahereh Mafi has created a masterpiece with writing like this... "I'm looking and not looking at his face, I'm licked by a million flames and swallowing a million more. He's staring at like me like he's never seen me before. I want to wash my soul in the bottomless blue of his eyes." Swoons right? The writing is that lyrical and beautiful throughout the entire book! Now we're expecting a really bad guy for a villain but I actually found him to be extremely interesting and, I didn't hate him. You're probably thinking how? Trust me when you read the book I think you'll understand. If you like a good Dystopian read with a hint of fantasy and paranormal Shatter Me is the perfect book for you! I am patiently (NOT AT ALL) waiting for the next book. So when Shatter Me arrives at bookstores November 15th buy this book!!!!! I am not asking, I'm telling this book must be read!
NayNay13 More than 1 year ago
I was really hesitant to read this book, but once I started I couldn't stop. It took me all of one day to read, and it left me wanting more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is better than any other book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"!!!"!!!!"""""""""!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SecondLook More than 1 year ago
I was blown away by the way Tahereh Mafi writes. It's hard to write in first person, but she does it with a skill that I haven't seen in years. It is true at first I thought this was going to be another stupid twilight knockoff. But, it pushes the envelope and really makes you want to keep reading. I took me TWO days to finish this book TWICE. It is a must read, It's been far too long, and know we finally have it, not only a strong main character, but a worth wild one as well. Juliet is someone who you want to believe in from the first page to the last. The Charters are dark, fun, passionate, and full of life. I can't wait for the second book!
maximumride7998 More than 1 year ago
Tahereh Mafi's fabulous book Shatter Me is like X-Men or the Hunger Games, but then also completely unique and unlike any other book I've ever heard of or read. The writing is touching and so descriptive when reading this book I feel like I am one with Juliette and completely understand all the troubles she's facing and what she is experiencing. This book is absolutely wonderful and without a doubt the best book I have ever read. For anyone who enjoys a fantastic and intriguing romance novel, this is the book for you!
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
I have had this book on my TBR pile for too long.  Why did I wait so long to read it?!  I loved just about everything abou this book!  The premise was unbelievable, albeit terrifying. The world that the author has create is bleak, very bleak.  The environment is almost a wasteland, changed and damaged almost beyond hope.  Society is almost unrecognizable to what we know, ruled now by what is essentially a global conglomerate.  The world is so damaged that it has even begun to genetically change the living organisms that inhabit it.  Those humans affected are hunted down, locked up or even killed for their newfound abilities. The beginning of this book was horrifying, setting the mood for the way the world is now.  Juliette is one of those changed people, now hovering on the brink of insanity.  She is lost, confused, and desperately alone.  Until she unexpectedly meets a boy, a boy from her past.  The way they initially interact truly shows just how isolated Juliette really is and it is heart wrenching. The characters are simply amazing.  None of them can be clearly delineated as good versus bad.  Most have moments of both.  What makes them good or bad is how they feel about the things they have done.  It makes for some real depth and emotion.  That's the thing... despite the bleak world, this is truly a beautiful book.  The world of Shatter Me is just enough like our own to be terrifying with the possibilities.  But some of these characters still have hope and spirit and that is a beautiful thing. My absolute favorite thing about this book was the writing style.  At first, it threw me... the use of strikethroughs, choppy phrases, run-on's, and lack of punctuation from time to time.  But you quickly realize that those things are deliberate and perfect.  They completely underscore Juliette's state of mind as she goes through some of the things that she does.  It's a brave choice and an absolutely effective one. Things to love...   --The depth of the world.  Bleak, yes, but totally able to be envisioned.   --The writing style.  Such a great way to create mood.   --The characters.  There are no clear-cut good versus bad. My Recommendation This is a fantastic and unique take on the dystopian/post-apocalyptic genres!  The writing style is creative and the characters are absorbing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first I was a little put off by some of the strange sayings the main character, Juliette, says. But as I read, I understood more the character and came to love her. This book is so good, I couldn't put it down. I hope Tahereh Mafi continues w/ Juliette and Adam's story. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. Others wrote they read this in one day, so I decided to give it a go. Absolutely amazing book! I hope to see this on the required reading list when my daughter is in high school in a few years.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really liked it...kind of twilight with a forbidden romance but way better, took a day to read it i couldnt put it down. Def recommended
MojoFingers More than 1 year ago
There's so much to NOT ruin about this fabulous book, that I don't want to go into too much detail. Suffice it to say, while there are recognizable homages in this book as mentioned in other reviews, the form and writing drove the suspense and tension like a piledriver all the way through to the end. Unforgettable characters (my two favorite aren't even the protagonists!) lend the story staying power that already has me hungry for the next installment. Don't wait for the buzz to get out of control - get it now and enjoy it without the inevitable spoilers that fame will eventually bring!
MsMelis More than 1 year ago
Some books are good at making you laugh. Others at making you cry. Others at making you think. Others at making your heart swell. I can honestly say that no other book has awakened all of my senses like Shatter Me has. I was on the verge of tears from the get go, taking in shallow breaths, and listening to the beat of my own heart. Words have never been more beautifully placed together. Human emotions have never been more accurately described. This was not a book that I wanted to speed through. Of course I couldn't devour the words fast enough, but I wanted and needed to take my time to experience every single syllable. I long for the release date to arrive so that I can buy my own copies (yes, copies). I want to highlight, write notes, and reread, reread, reread. I wrote down several quotes that captivated me. Some of the best quotes you will ever read. I can't even begin to tell you specifics about the story and characters. I don't want to ruin anything for you. Just know that I adore, admire, and cherish these characters. No one should go without experiencing Shatter Me for themselves. Tahereh Mafi is most definitely a force to be reckoned with. I am astounded by her writing ability, creativity, and originality.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Page turner must read
KathleenKO More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading this. At first it was slow reading, but then it got exciting! Can't wait to read #2 in this series!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read most young adult series, but this one is my favorite. Twilight, Divergent, Match, Legend, Mortal Insturments; all great reads, but this is my favorite. I am so in love with, (warner), this book. The writting is so beautiful and poetic that it is hands down the most well written book of its kind. The characters are whole, not contradictory in actions and thoughts. The world was kept simple, so there didnt need to be a lot of back story or explantion, which left more room for dialouge and character development. The first book in the series, was not my favorite but the last book, Ignite Me, was perfection. The passion, the love, and the lengths the characters go through for others is what these series are all about; and this author nailed it. Also i was very happy that the "sex scenes," (which are usually very vanilla in young adult novels) were much more saucey than i had anticipated, without the actual act of sex or the raunchiness that you get from regular adult romance novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The metaphors drove me crazy, over the top, enough all ready! The book started of interesting, then got very dull in the middle. I had to force myself to finish it. The last 50 pages were the best part of the book. I won't read the rest of the series. This book may be more for teens, not adults.