Shatter Me

Shatter Me - Tahereh Mafi This is one of those books that I've owned for almost a year and for different reasons I never picked up. Now I'm kicking myself for stalling. I really enjoyed this quick read. I'm almost hesitant to write a review for fear of giving the plot away so proceed at your own risk!

Original? The story itself, not so much. The setting is a dystopian world torn apart by us fucking up the ecosystem and a military government that comes to power and tries to establish order. In the midst of it all is Juliette a 17 year old girl who has been institutionalized for 3 years after killing a boy. Her touch kills people. She sucks their life force. This girl has never known a touch or hug or kind word. The hero is Adam, a boy who has known Juliette since they were kids. He loves her, she loves him. The villain is Warner. A 19 year old military leader obsessed with Juliette and willing to do anything to have her. At a certain point this felt like Xmen. People have the power to disappear, the power of flexibility and telekinesis. But I'm a sucker for a good hero and love story. This delivered both. Adam was awesome and through him, Juliette finds a strength she didn't know she possessed.

My only complaint is the writing style. While I did enjoy the way Mafi uses words to create such a vivid world. Her constant use of strikeouts annoyed the shit out of me after a while were a bit overdone. I understand that the purpose was to show the emotions & thoughts Juliette tries to keep buried. Still, overdone.

Will most definitely read the sequel!