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Series: Shatter Me #1
Published by Harper Collins on November 15th, 2011
Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: publisher unsolicited
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.
Juiliette has the power to drain people’s lives with one single touch. (Think Rogue in the first X-Men movie.) She’s not one to be submissive when the handsome blonde-haired, green-eyed Warner captures her and tries to use her as an experiment. He’s the evil, oh-so sexy Captain that Juliette detests, and yet is attracted to, at the same time. As you keep reading, there are little hints he may not be all that he seems. *swoons*
Then you have the good boy Adam Gent, Juliette’s childhood best friend. His love is legit, and real and you can tell the moment they fall in love. I love, love, love the snippets of the past. It just gave the book credibility because the character development was on point. Their relationship was incredibly heart warming that you can’t help but say “awwwwwww.”
It was no surprise Juliette was attracted to both the bad boy and good guy. (What warm-blooded female human wouldn’t be?) You can feel the characters’ passion leap right off the page. Teenage hormones or not, it was definitely captivating and the romance factor scored off the charts!
Yes, there’s a bit of a love triangle happening but it was balanced out with lots of action! So we have the love triangle going on, but what about the action? Oh indeed there’s action. I can’t reveal too much without spoiling the story, but seriously, this is a must-read. I loved it so much that I couldn’t put it down! I read the whole thing in one sitting!
Tahereh Mafi writes with an incredibly original lyrical prose that most authors don’t always achieve that I can’t wait for the rest of the series.