Review: Shatter Me {Tahereh Mafi}

Nobody knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment have plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. To make her into a killer.

But Juliette has plans of her own. She's going to fight for her freedom. She's not going to let them break her. Because after years of isolation, she's discovering she's not so alone in the world after all.

And now there's a chance; for her to be redeemed and for a future with the boy she thought she'd lost forever.


Tahereh Mafi, what have you done

At first, I wasn't sure this was going to be my kind of read. The strike-through lines were agitating and Adam seemed like an arse, but then MAGIC. Tahereh Mafi weaved a whole heap of Charmed-esque, Willow-rivalling magic with her words.

There aren't enough adjectives to describe being inside Juliette's mind. It was intense, passionate, chilling, wonderful and something I wasn't at all prepared for

After being locked up and left to rot alone, Juliette hasn't spoken to another soul in nearly a year. The fact that she has survived with some semblance of normality shows just how incredibly strong she is. She also manages to be vulnerable without being naive, fragile without being weak and empathetic without being just pathetic.

Tahereh Mafi's writing style was utterly unique and completely enthralling. Parts of the novel were like one long train of thought and that was surprisingly captivating. It really drew me into Juliette's mind head-first and helped me understand her character in ways I've never experienced in fiction before. 

The short, fractured sentences and the long un-punctuated bursts made an intense story all the more riveting. And Tahereh Mafi's descriptions stay poetic and enchanting throughout. It's as though her prose is littered with gold dust.

Adam was a fantastic secondary character and I loved how protective and dedicated he was. Not just to Juliette, but his family. He was such a solid character; loyal and caring, but not overbearing like a lot of Dystopian love interests tend to be. He's determined and a strong soldier, but also so wonderfully gentle and loving

If you're looking for a guy who can bring the swoon, then look no further than Adam. The romance between them is perfectly crafted and heart-warmingly sincere (not to mention hot). I don't even know what Team Warner is or why it is alive and even if we set aside Warner being a murdering and guiltless psychopath, Adam would still trump him in my opinion.

The villains of the story are The Reestablishment. They're the typical Dystopian government bad guys; wanting to control everyone through lies and manipulation, but I also found them to be particularly ruthless and remorseless. The world isn't just under The Reestablishment's thumb, but it's slowly dying with them in control

Dystopian fiction comes in many forms, but it can still be hard to find some originality. Shatter Me does something brilliant; it keeps the same great stuff that works so well and weaves in a bunch of unique twists to give the story a fresh and original feel. Tahereh Mafi gives us a broken heroine and a broken world and a small fraction of hope for things to get put back together. It works wonderfully and I was captivated throughout.

"I spent my life folded between the pages of books. In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together."



Allie is a Pimm's-obsessed reader, who dreams of road tripping over America, learning to surf & becoming fluent in all the languages of her heritage (which, sadly, does not include Elvish). If she's not reading or blogging, you can find her catching up on Teen Wolf, or reigning supreme with Scrabble/Mario Kart.


  1. I haven't read this one yet (but I really need to!) but it sounds so good! I've heard amazing things about it and your review only seemed to confirm my thoughts. "I don't even know what Team Warner is or why it is alive."- That made me laugh SO HARD! I definitely need to read this one now and amazing review! :)

    1. Haha glad I made you giggle! Can't wait to hear your thoughts once you read it - I think it's definitely a marmite book

  2. I still need to read this, but yay, five stars is great!! People really seem to love this and I'm sure I will too. I need to check out some more dystopia anyway. It's a genre I haven't really gotten into much.

    1. Oooh I love dystopia! I'm actually pretty new to reading it, so though everyone seems to be tired of it now, it's still kind of a novelty to me!

  3. I really enjoyed Adam as well!

  4. Wow 5 stars for this one! I can't believe I haven't read this one yet after all the awesome things I've heard about it. Great review Allie.

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

  5. I didn't love this one when I read it, I think I liked it and gave it 3 stars. I want to reread it and read the rest of the series because I saw some people that didn't love the first one as much really loved the second one! Glad you really loved this one!

    1. I'm actually the opposite - I wasn't a huge fan of Book 2 (mostly because Warner was in it so much)

  6. EEE!!!! So many people have been raving about this series, and I've never gotten around to understanding the hype =P It's such a unique premise and the strike-off lines, though annoying, are quite a smart way to "show" more inner thoughts of a character without actually showing them! I HAVE to get to know this Juliette and Adam and Warner and ahh all the things that people have been raving over =D

    Awesome review!! Really hope to enjoy it as much as you did!

    I've been hearing so many things about Burning Sky, so glad that you enjoyed this one, now I'm even more convinced to read it!!! =D I like to say that I'm a lover of all YA genres, but to be honest, I have a special soft spot for fantasy, and this just sounds absolutely brilliant! From the way you described it, seems like from the world-building to plot to characters, there's nothing not to like!

    I'M EXCITED TO READ THIS ONE *JIGGLE DANCE* Awesome review and I love your blog design!

    Alicia @ Summer Next Top Story

    1. Haha YES go and read it! I'll look forward to seeing what side of the coin you find yourself on as people have such strong opinions about the whole Adam VS Warner thing!