Review: ‘Shatter Me’ by Tahereh Mafi

I received this book for free from publisher unsolicited in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Shatter Me’ by Tahereh MafiShatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #1
Published by Harper Collins on November 15th, 2011
Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 338
Format: ARC
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.

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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.





  1. Alice @ Arctic Books

    October 23, 2016 at 1:50 PM

    Hi Giselle! I know this is a long shot, but if you still have that ARC of Shatter Me, would you be willing to trade? I’ve been a huge fan of Tahereh Mafi and I would love to add that ARC to my collection; I’ve been looking for that ARC forever! If you still have it, please let me know at my email arcticbookss(at) or Twitter @arcticbookss. Thank you so much!!

    • giselle

      November 7, 2016 at 12:16 PM

      So sorry Alice, no I don’t have the ARC anymore.

  2. Sil

    August 21, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    I LOVED this book! the whole series! It was so beautifully written, and the story! I fell in love with Warner when I read Destroy Me ♥. Anyway, great review 🙂

  3. Danielle

    April 15, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    I loved this book, I kinda liked how it was more about the love story and more about the characters over the world building.

  4. bhwrn1

    August 9, 2013 at 6:54 AM

    I absolutely LOVED this book!

  5. Cali W.

    July 10, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    I love Shatter Me and I still need to read Unravel Me. <3 I love the book trailer you posted. <3

  6. Grace Lo

    October 16, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Shatter Me is among my fave dystopias! I fell in love with the synopsis, and the first time reading it, couldn’t stop obsessing. Even though the next few times I read it, it didn’t blow my mind as much, but it’s still a great read! Glad you have the same opinion c:

  7. Izz

    October 11, 2012 at 2:22 AM

    wew, your review tempting me to read Shatter Me.
    Especially the “when the handsome blonde-haired, green-eyed Warner” part, I wanna read this bad boy in action, LOL.

  8. Sarah (saz101)

    December 12, 2011 at 11:17 PM

    Oh. My. GOODNESS!
    I LOVED Shatter Me, and you’ve summed it up perfectly. I LOVED it, and it’s that amazing writing the caught me hook/line/sinker.

    SO glad you liked it!

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