Monday, November 28, 2011
Book Review and Giveaway- Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
The Story- Juliette has been locked inside a cell for 264 days, with barely any food and no one to talk to. She has been placed in an asylum for murder. One day her cell door opens and a cellmate is thrust inside, Adam. He looks familiar, but in her fugue state she is unsure of everything. The only thing she knows for sure is that she can’t touch people, not even for a second, or they die.
In Juliette’s world, nature is at war with itself. The atmosphere is abused, animals are dying and the weather is out of control. The Reestablishment has taken over promising hope, but has given nothing back but military like control. Warner, a high ranking soldier, has found out about Juliette and wants to use her powers to torture people. Taken from her cell, she finds out that Adam is involved in the Reestablishment and that he is who she remembers, a boy from her past.
Together Adam and Juliette try to escape, but in a world where everything is dying, where can they go?
My Thoughts- A great story told in the 1st person by Juliette. In the beginning even her inner thoughts are cloudy, but as the story moves on, she becomes a more active hero. The author used an interesting form of self thought by crossing out the words Juliette says to herself, instead of the normal italics. It took me a while to get used to the cross outs, but then I enjoyed them just for being something a bit different.
Juliette is a wonderful character. She finds hope and goodness in things. I loved how Warner tries to turn her into a bitter person, but it just isn’t who she is. It is interesting that Adam’s kindness to her in grade school seems to have been a developmental element in her life and vice versa with him. It is a great lead in for romance.
The ending is very X –men ish, which is fun. There really seems to be no hope and then wham, good news. I won’t spoil it, but I can’t wait to read the second book just to learn about these new characters.
An interesting and intense read for any young adult. It landed on shelves, Nov. 15, 2011