What do you get when you combine the awesomeness of X-Men with the best in dystopian fiction? Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. This book–which will be released on November 15th–gives readers a glimpse of what life could be like in the future, especially for those with “special” abilities. If a government used fear as its major source of control, what would they do with a girl who could kill with a single touch? Would she be locked up to protect the masses? Or would those in power find a way to use her “gift” against their enemies?
Juliette hasn’t touched anyone or been touched in almost a year. She’s learned that her touch is something to be feared. She has the power to kill, even when she doesn’t mean to. But none of that matters. She’s locked up and has no hope of things ever changing…until she gets an unexpected new roommate.
When Adam enters her cell, Juliette feels a connection. She knows him from somewhere, but he doesn’t seem to recognize her…or so she thinks. The two grow closer, and Juliette finally feels like she’s found a friend. But things are about to get extremely complicated. One night, soldiers come for Juliette. They beat both her and Adam. Juliette is taken to Warner, a leader of the Reestablishment, where she’s informed she is to be a weapon against the resistance…whether she wants to be or not. Juliette doesn’t know what will happen to her or what has happened to Adam, but she soon finds out. Adam is one of the soldiers keeping watch over her. Was he just playing at being her friend, or is being a good soldier his true act?
As Juliette learns more about what Warner wants her to do, she also finds ways to grow closer to Adam, despite his position as a soldier. And when it becomes clear that Juliette’s deadly touch has a somewhat different effect on Adam, their bond grows even stronger.
Soon, Juliette and Adam will have to make a choice. Will they take their chances with Warner and his mad quest for power? Or will they find a way to escape so that they can be together? Is that even an option when a war is brewing and Juliette is considered the ultimate weapon? Can she find a way to use her powers for good? Read Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi to learn the truth.
Shatter Me is a bit different from your standard dystopian fare. Yes, the government is in total control, and there’s a rebel resistance. (Sounds kind of like Star Wars, doesn’t it?) Yes, there’s a romance brewing between the two main characters. Yes, the heroine is conflicted about what she must do. But, in this book, the heroine has SUPERPOWERS! (Can Katniss Everdeen claim that? I don’t think so.) Juliette is very much like Rogue from the X-Men, and I totally dig that! Throw in battling a corrupt government, and I think we have a winner. Not to mention that the writing in this book is outstanding. I love that we get to experience the thoughts that Juliette doesn’t want
kind of like this and feel how crazy her situation is driving her. I was going a little insane myself when reading this book, but I also felt Juliette’s burgeoning sense of hope that her life might not be as shattered as she once thought.
I hope you’ll enjoy this book as much as I did. Again, Shatter Me will be released on November 15th, and you can pre-order through Amazon or other fine retailers.
If you’d like more information on this book or author Tahereh Mafi, visit http://www.taherehmafi.com/. In the meantime, here’s a teaser trailer for this amazing book.
*This review is based on an advance reader’s edition.*