Published: HarperTeen (November 15, 2011)
Series: Book 1
Source: ARC from publisher
GoodReads Summary: Juliette hasn't touched anyone in exactly 264 days. The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal. As long as she doesn't hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don't fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.
The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she's exactly what they need right now.
Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.
My Thoughts: To say that Shatter Me is a highly anticipated novel is the understatement of the friggin' millennium. I can't say this is undeserved hype, either.
Tahereh Mafi's poetic prose is DECADENT. I want to pour her words all over a bowl of ice cream (screw sprinkles, Shatter Me is melty, syrupy goodness) and devour it whole. If you fall completely in love with this book on the first page, I won't judge you at all. Trust me. With every page, I was completely blown away by her writing style. It made my heart bleed during the sad parts and a may or may not have blushed a little during some heated moments between Juliette and Adam.
Juliette and Adam. Their relationship and how they came together was a bit melodramatic to me, but it WORKED. The scenes between the two were so beautiful that it was easy to understand their explosive feelings for one another. After all, they have history. I can't say much more than that without spoiling, so I won't. I'll let you discover Juliette and Adam all on your own. Hint: you'll love it.
The conflict in the story? LOVED it. Call me crazy, but I love it when the bad guys are bad. And Warner is SO, SO BAD. Straight up sociopathic villain and I loved every second of it. And he's a sympathetic villain, too. But ONLY after he shows us his freaky, eyebrows-slanted-toward-the-middle-paired-with-maniacal-cackle side. (Think Jafar.) Of course, I cheer when good triumphs over evil, but it's no fun when the villain is just shy of "threatening." Oh, Tahereh, I cannot wait to see where you go with this next! I feel we have SO much more to learn about Warner.
So we have: dystopia-ish. Special powers. Crazy romantic tension (hello, she can't touch anybody!) EVIL VILLAIN WITH DIABOLICAL PLAN. Humorous secondary characters (Kenji!). Earth-shattering romance.
Yeah, you should probably read this.