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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Synopsis:  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.

My 2 cents:  I loved, absolutely LOVED this book!  The writing style was very different, but it worked so well for the story.  The first half of it Juliette is in a mental institution/prison, and she thinks she is going insane. So her thoughts are very disjointed, and there are a lot of flashbacks, although she doesn't go into much detail in her head.  But I absolutely loved it!  It really captured her emotions, her fear, guilt, and just how worthless she felt as a human being.

Then Adam comes into the picture...and things in her life change rapidly after that.  My feelings for Adam as a character jumped around quite a bit, mostly because Juliette's did as well, as she doubted whether she could trust him or not.  Whether she can ever trust anyone, as no one in her life (except for one person) has ever showed her any kindness at all.

This novel is a dystopian novel, as becomes apparent in the last half of the book.  Our world is slowly being destroyed by environmental factors--food is scarce, animals are dying, and their are freak weather storms all the time.  Which really explains why people are acting the way they are--completely selfish.  I think its interesting that the one person in the story who is really evil (so they think) because she can kill by just touching someone, has the purest, good heart.  I'm sure that's the author's moral in this.  Its not what you ARE, but what your CHOOSE to be.  Very powerful!

Overall, this is a great story, with a very surprising ending.  I can't think of anything I did not like about the book!  5 stars!

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