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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 ...

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Overview

"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.

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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.

Publishers Weekly
Mafi combines a psychological opener with an action-adventure denouement in her YA debut, and the result is a page-turner with a slightly split personality. Juliette Ferrars is 17 and cannot remember a loving touch; indeed, after 264 days in solitary confinement, she can barely remember human contact. Then a boy is shoved into her cell, and her world changes. Just as she begins to trust Adam, guards burst in and march them off to the commandant. Juliette discovers Adam is really a soldier of the Reestablishment, a totalitarian regime that wants to use Juliette because her touch can kill. Juliette wants to get far away from anyone she can hurt or who can hurt her—though she can’t help hoping that, somehow, Adam might not fall in either of those categories. Mafi doesn’t escape some rookie pitfalls; descriptions like “fifteen thousand feelings of disbelief hole-punched in my heart” strain after lyricism, and proof that the divided plot can be brought to a satisfying conclusion must await later installments. Nevertheless, this is a gripping read from an author who’s not afraid to take risks. Ages 14–up. (Nov.)
Booklist
“Rip-roaring adventure and steamy romance scenes, with a relationship teens will root for as much as they did for Bella and Edward. Inventive touches propel the story, such as strikeouts that reveal Juliette’s inner thoughts. The final chapters leave Juliette, Adam, and Warner well poised for round two.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Fans of Cashore’s Fire, Oliver’s Delirium, and, yes, Twilight will find this addictive."
VOYA - Lindsay Grattan
Juliette has a touch that can kill. After seventeen years of being ostracized by her parents, classmates, and community, she is locked away in a cell where she has little to no contact with the outside world. She cannot control the hurt her body causes others and so believes she is a monster, until the one person who knows she is not arrives to help her escape. Adam Kent is a soldier pretending to be on the side of the Reestablishment, an organization that seeks power and control of a world that is being rapidly destroyed by war and environmental hazards. Adam takes this position in the army to save Juliette from being used by military general Warner for her superhuman powers to help the Reestablishment gain more control. Shatter Me fits well into the popular dystopian genre, adding in elements of the paranormal, romance, and suspense. The first half of the book focuses primarily on Juliette reuniting with childhood friend and soon-to-be romantic interest, Adam. The action does not really pick up until the second half of the novel, when Juliette comes into her own, stands up to Warner, and recognizes that her powers can be used for good. At times, the author's descriptions and metaphors seem repetitive and distracting from the action of the story, but the premise and action make up for the overly stylized writing, ultimately making the novel a worthwhile read and leaving the reader eagerly anticipating a sequel. Reviewer: Lindsay Grattan
Kirkus Reviews
A dystopic thriller joins the crowded shelves but doesn't distinguish itself. Juliette was torn from her home and thrown into an asylum by The Reestablishment, a militaristic regime in control since an environmental catastrophe left society in ruins. Juliette's journal holds her tortured thoughts in an attempt to repress memories of the horrific act that landed her in a cell. Mysteriously, Juliette's touch kills. After months of isolation, her captors suddenly give her a cellmate--Adam, a drop-dead gorgeous guy. Adam, it turns out, is immune to her deadly touch. Unfortunately, he's a soldier under orders from Warner, a power-hungry 19-year-old. But Adam belongs to a resistance movement; he helps Juliette escape to their stronghold, where she finds that she's not the only one with superhuman abilities. The ending falls flat as the plot devolves into comic-book territory. Fast-paced action scenes convey imminent danger vividly, but there's little sense of a broader world here. Overreliance on metaphor to express Juliette's jaw-dropping surprise wears thin: "My mouth is sitting on my kneecaps. My eyebrows are dangling from the ceiling." For all of her independence and superpowers, Juliette never moves beyond her role as a pawn in someone else's schemes. Part cautionary tale, part juicy love story, this will appeal to action and adventure fans who aren't yet sick of the genre. (Science fiction. 12 & up)
Booklist
“Rip-roaring adventure and steamy romance scenes, with a relationship teens will root for as much as they did for Bella and Edward. Inventive touches propel the story, such as strikeouts that reveal Juliette’s inner thoughts. The final chapters leave Juliette, Adam, and Warner well poised for round two.”
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
Fans of Cashore’s Fire, Oliver’s Delirium, and, yes, Twilight will find this addictive.
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Fans of Cashore’s Fire, Oliver’s Delirium, and, yes, Twilight will find this addictive.”
Lauren Kate
PRAISE FOR SHATTER ME:“Addictive, intense, and oozing with romance. I’m envious. I couldn’t put it down.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Fans of Cashore’s Fire, Oliver’s Delirium, and, yes, Twilight will find this addictive.”
Kami Garcia
EARLY PRAISE FOR UNRAVEL ME:“Unravel Me is dangerous, sexy, romantic, and intense. I dare you to stop reading.”
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Juliette knows that she is a monster; her touch is fatal. She has been living in a cell in a mental institution for 264 days, all alone. When a boy is brought in as her cell mate, his arrival sparks an explosion of events that changes her life as well as the world. Shatter Me takes place in a future time in which a lack of resources has so frightened the citizens that they have handed over all of their basic rights to a totalitarian government. The regime has plans for Juliette, but she finds the strength to resist the powers that be and joins in a rebel movement, becoming the central figure that everyone is fighting to possess. Mafi sets the scene with the horrendous consequences of ecological greediness and the end result of continuing to demand that the government fix everything and protect everyone. Then she shines a light of hope through the idea that evolution always finds a way to adapt. A romantic angle adds to the suspense as Juliette struggles to trust and to love even though the consequences are death if she misjudges. She narrates the story and shares portions of her journal, which adds to the connection readers have with her. Character development is solid and realistic. The book ends with room for a sequel but not in a cliff-hanger, so teens will feel satisfied yet wait impatiently for more.—Saleena L. Davidson, South Brunswick Public Library, Monmouth Junction, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062085481
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/15/2011
  • Series: Shatter Me Series , #1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 69,587
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL650L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Tahereh Mafi

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. Ignite Me is the final novel in a trilogy about Juliette.

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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

ever

ever

knew

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.

Click.

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

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

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    Review: Shatter Me

    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!

    96 out of 104 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 31, 2011

    I loved it!

    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.

    43 out of 48 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 18, 2011

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    great

    This was a wonderful read I enjoyed reading. Couldn't put it down.

    41 out of 50 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 16, 2011

    Lazy writing, convoluted plot

    The writing style felt like a self gratifying attempt by the writer to prove how smart and creative she is....it failed miserably. The plot is lazy and convoluted, the relationships are forced, there is very little development or build up re. the romantic relationship or the supposedly dystopian world. Not YA for adults or sophisticated teenagers, although I could see pre-teens getting into it.

    19 out of 91 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

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    You are going to want this one for your dystopian literature shelf!

    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.

    18 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

    This book was absolutely AMAZING! I was hooked as soon as I re

    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!!

    14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2011

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    Great book!

    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!

    14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2011

    Awesome

    This is better than any other book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"!!!"!!!!"""""""""!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    12 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2011

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    Weak

    I usually enjoy this genre, but I found that the author was VERY repetetive, especially when Juliette talks about her feelings and not understanding why Adam wants to be with her. I found the writing style a little annoying with all of the crossed out sentences, but it wasn't something that took away from the over-all understanding of the book. It was just really slow. I didn't enjoy it much until maybe the last 50 pages. I will say I'm interested in reading the next installment, mainly because it seems to be moving to an X-Men anle, and I love X-Men. Bottom line...I wouldn't spend money on it, but it's not a terrible loan from the library.

    11 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2011

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    Shattering and Mind Blowing!

    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!

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

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    One of 2012's Best Books!!!!

    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!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2012

    Amaing book.

    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?

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    Wow

    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!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 22, 2011

    Better Dystopian Novels Out There

    This book was not one of my favorites. The beginning starts off so strong and truly pulled me in. By midway through the book, I completely lost interest. Perhaps if I hadn't read the Hunger Games Trilogy I might have enjoyed this book more. The main character became too one dimensional and dependent.

    There are many other dystopian books with stronger female characters. I think the Uglies series, matched, and Hunger Games all have are better reads.

    5 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2011

    Bad writing.

    Too many metaphors...The use of strikeout on every page got on my last nerve. Will not continue this series solely because of the bad writing style.

    5 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 9, 2011

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    Exciting premise and writing that is haunting and intense.

    Shatter Me introduces us to Juliette as she sits in solitary confinement in what seems to be a mental asylum, counting the days (264) since she¿s seen, heard, or been touched by another human. The world outside those four walls (with 14 cracks) has gone insane, people starving to death, whole species of animals no longer exist, and the people in power call themselves the Reestablishment. The Reestablishment¿these are the people who drug her away to this place for a murder she didn¿t mean to commit, to a fate she¿s sure she deserves, to be trapped by her guilt as much as by the prison walls. The power she holds within her very skin is one she doesn¿t want and she will do anything to disprove the notion that she is a monster, even though she herself believes it. She maintains her tenuous hold on sanity by writing in her notebook and refusing to allow herself to acknowledge the thoughts that sometimes overwhelm her. When she awakes one day to find herself with a cellmate, her entire world begins to change. The writing style of Shatter Me was like none I¿ve read before, both haunting and at times a bit overwhelming. Written in an almost lyrical or poetic prose, Juliette¿s inner thoughts and feelings were often uncomfortably intense, which would be understandable considering the situation she was in. Many of her words/thoughts were written and then struck out, as if she were refusing to allow herself to acknowledge those thoughts. I thought this was a powerful way to show how she was struggling to hold onto her sanity. As she began to have more human interaction, the strikethroughs became less common. It was such a fascinating progression. While, for the most part, I thought the writing was beautiful, there were also times when it felt like overkill and it became a bit tedious. Overall though, I enjoyed the unique imagery and the flow of the words. The story itself was intense and reminded me very much of Xmen. Juliette¿s power is reminiscent of Rogue and many of her characteristics also reminded me of Rogue from Xmen. The plot was action packed and thrilling. The villain, Warner, was out of his mind and made an even more effective bad guy because of the hint of a hidden past that may explain why he is the wicked boy he¿s become. Happily, this did not become a love triangle since Warner is simply too psychotic to engender much sympathy from Juliette. The interplay between Juliette and Adam was extremely well done. This is a romance that I can believe. Things between them tend to get pretty steamy a couple times, but Mafi reins it in and manages to keep it PG. The ending also reminded me a lot of Xmen and has me incredibly excited about the sequel. Overall, I think that Shatter Me has lived up to all the hype. Most readers will enjoy the intense and original writing style as well as the exciting premise, a steamy romance, and a villain you love to hate. In the sequel, I hope to see more details about the dystopian world and how it became that way and more about the two factions, the Reestablishment and the people who are not ready to succumb to that tyrannical rule and of course more Adam and Juliette! I would recommend Shatter Me to readers who enjoy dystopian or post-apocalyptic fiction, fans of Xmen, and anyone who enjoys a thrilling YA adventure.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Don't waste your money

    This book started out okay. Juliette locked up and talking to herself was the only part that was bearable, everything else was complete CRAP! The two main characters are nothing but hormonal teenagers wanting to get in each other's pants. That's it. The story had a nice concept if the author knew how to write. Sorry. The plot was not at all well-developed. She hurried through the book, according to my opinion, and destroyed the story. The characters actually started out powerful and their backstories were powerful too, but in the end, they were nothing but kids trying to get it on. Terrible book. I would never recommend this to anyone

    4 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    Disappointing

    I was soo hyped up to read this but from the beginning it was bad and predictable. I kept expecting it to pick up, but it didn't until nearly the end. Someone else I know read it and they said the same thing. So much more could have been done with the plot. Also, I hated the writing style. This could have been a good book but I would never recommend it.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2011

    A Waste of Money

    Her writting style drove me crazy. Everytime the character thought something rather than saying it allowed the writer had a line drawn through it.
    And the storyline was so slow and teadious I never finished the book.

    3 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 16, 2011

    Disappointing

    Shatter Me starts off well and I was excited to read what I considered an original voice and story. Mid way that story degenerates to stock Hollywood/graphic novel plot that could have been written by a fan of X-Men. Mutant teens with special powers are "different" and "unwanted" (or exploited) by society until they discover a community of "differents" who train to harness their powers for good instead of evil. Oh, and don't forget the monologuing super-villain. I'd rather watch "The Incredibles."

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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