Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi- Review

Tahereh Mafi
Publication Date: November 15th,2011
Publisher: Harper
Page Length: 338
Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1)
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 have had Shatter Me sitting on my shelf for months now but have never gotten around to reading it. Due to technical difficulties with my laptop I couldn't access the book I was reading and in a huff went to my neglected shelf of unread books in search of something to occupy my suddenly free time. I kid you not, not even 3 hours later I was done. Shatter Me was so incredibly good that I almost feel silly for putting it off for so long.

Shatter Me wasn't the most unique book on the market but it was very well written and sometimes that is all that matters. The Writing flowed brilliantly and I honestly can't even recall a single scene that felt out of place. One of the things I really enjoyed about the writing was the use of flashbacks. Instead of bogging down the first half of the book with scenes from Juliette's childhood and setting up her solitary existence we see tiny flashbacks into her life before the Reestablishment and The Asylum not only through her own memories but those from Adam as well once he's introduced.

Speaking of Adam, I know I should be all for him (hot,smart,compassionate) but I don't trust him one bit. He just seems to perfect and that instantly made me suspicious. Shockingly who I did end up liking was Warner. I totally ship Juliette and him and as of this moment I hope they end up together. Warner is painted as the villain and maybe he even has done some questionable things that would make him one under normal circumstances but I am just not convinced that he actually is. As for Juliette she was a great female protagonist. Her behavior in the beginning of the book is understandable considering the circumstances but once she felt that tiny bit of "freedom" her character really blossomed. I both rooted for Juliet and felt heartbroken at the trauma she's been through. I can't wait to see more of her in the next book.

Overall Shatter Me was a great book and a series I will definitely continue to follow. Whether you are young or old I wholeheartedly believe you will find enjoyment reading this book. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi is a highly recommended read that I will be rating ★★★★★. Worth the read, worth the price and definitely worth your time!


  1. I totally ship Juliette & Warner! He was my favorite part of the novel, honestly. Have you read the novella from his POV? I liked him even more after reading that. I agree...not the most unique story, but still very well-told and written so eloquently. Can't wait for Unravel Me!!!!!!! Great review!

    1. I haven't had the chance to read the Novella yet but plan to. I really hope Warner and Juliette end up together at least during some point in Unravel Me.


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