Review: Shatter Me

by Tahereh Mafi

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.

I’ve been locked up for 264 days.

I have nothing but a small notebook and a broken pen and the numbers in my head to keep me company. 1 window. 4 walls. 144 square feet of space. 26 letters in an alphabet I haven’t spoken in 264 days of isolation.

6,336 hours since I’ve touched another human being.

“You’re getting a cellmate roommate,” they said to me.

We hope you rot to death in this placeFor good behavior,” they said to me.


A dystopian X-men kind of story! Loved it.

And the main character has Rogue’s power—she leeches life energy off of anybody she touches. When she accidentally kills a small boy who she was trying to soothe because he was crying, Juliette is thrown into an asylum and put in solitary confinement.

I absolutely loved the language of the opening chapters. Poetic insanity. What would our minds think about if we had 264 days of solitary confinement?

New cellmate is a boy from her past, but he’s there under orders of the military regime to spy on her. She’s a valuable tool, and the local general wants to user her.

This story did not go where I expected, though I’m not upset about it. I thought this would be your usual dystopian, and instead it turned out to be more of a superhero story. A unique twist on the whole dystopian idea.

Not my favorite book, but I’m looking forward to reading more in this series. I think it is only going to get better.


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