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Shatter Me [Kindle Edition]

Tahereh Mafi
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Book Description

"You can't touch me," I whisper.

I'm lying, is what I don't tell him.

He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him.

But things happen when people touch me.

Strange things.

Bad things.

No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon.

But Juliette has plans of her own.

After a lifetime without freedom, she's finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she'd lost forever.

Editorial Reviews


“Fast-paced action scenes convey imminent danger vividly....Part cautionary tale, part juicy love story, this will appeal to action and adventure fans.”


“Addictive, intense, and oozing with romance. I’m envious. I couldn’t put it down.” (Lauren Kate, New York Times bestselling author of FALLEN )

“Rip-roaring adventure and steamy romance scenes, with a relationship teens will root for as much as they did for Bella and Edward. Inventive touches propel the story, such as strikeouts that reveal Juliette’s inner thoughts. The final chapters leave Juliette, Adam, and Warner well poised for round two.” (Booklist )

“Mafi combines a psychological opener with an action-adventure denouement in her YA debut. This is a gripping read from an author who’s not afraid to take risks.” (Publishers Weekly )

“Fans of Cashore’s Fire, Oliver’s Delirium, and, yes, Twilight will find this addictive.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books )

“Teens will feel satisfied yet wait impatiently for more.” (School Library Journal )

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302 of 342 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wanted to love it, but I didn't :( November 19, 2011
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I was among the many who couldn't wait for the day Shatter Me finally released. Then I was lucky enough to score an early copy of this highly anticipated and greatly hyped dystopian novel. Heck yeah! So I started reading and was a little put off by the author's writing style. Yes, I just might be the only person on the face of the earth who didn't find the author's prose beautifully unique. The lack of punctuation (commas are your friend), overuse of metaphors (& the word butter), and the author's apparent addiction to the strike through tool seriously distracted from a novel I could have probably found a way to like a bit more. Some of the metaphors didn't even make sense or fit with the scene. It felt like I was stuck in an insane character's stream of consciousness that just refused to end (when I desperately needed it to). I didn't find the premise unique. I felt like a premise we've seen in books, movies, television, and even comic books was used with the hope readers would find it fresh and new because of the author's disjointed writing style. Maybe for some, but I'm not falling for it.

Did I hate this book? Nope. I just feel like it could have been so much more, but got seriously weighed down by the writing. Metaphors are cool, but I needed less of the pretty and more action and character development. I did really like Adam. He is a perfect male lead. Not quite sure how I feel about Juliette. She seemed to have badass potential, but as the novel progressed she started to become a little codependent (and horny) for my taste. After a life of exclusion, lack of human touch, and then being imprisoned in isolation you'd think she'd maintain her guarded persona (she didn't). She quickly rolled over and put all her faith in a boy (a cute boy, but still).
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615 of 705 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A girl, a guy and a bird. February 6, 2012
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This review will take the form of prose, in the style of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, but with examples taken from the story itself.

How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways.

I hate thee for thine bizarro, unpunctuated, over-the-top prose that peppers this story from page one on.

'I hate the lackadaisical ennui of a sun too preoccupied with itself to notice the infinite hours we spend in its presence.' P. 26

I hate thee for talking about a bird, every couple of pages, thereby adding a mysterious, crazy-girl ambiance when the reader already knows Juliette is a tinfoil hat away from crazytown.

'There will be a bird today.' P. 9

'There will be a bird.' P. 11

'Maybe a bird will fly today.' P. 28

'Birds used to fly.' P. 36

I've dreamt about the same bird flying through the same sky for exactly 10 years.' P. 36

'I don't know how to find the white bird.' P. 113

'I glance at the window and wonder if I'll ever see a bird fly by.' P. 115

'A white bird with streaks of gold like a crown atop its head. It's flying.' P. 120

'I'm the bird and I'm flying away.' P. 121

'I need to see the bird.' P. 176

I hate thee to the level of shoving this book into a composter, after finishing a particularly silly part about Adam's manly chest and Juliette's need to snuggle.

'My face is pressed against his chest and the world is suddenly bigger, beautiful - -the entire universe stops in place and spins the other direction and I'm the bird.' (Gah, that darned bird again!).
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96 of 115 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Paranormal romance disguised as dystopia November 16, 2011
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Juliette is seventeen years old hasn't spoken to or touched anyone in 264 days. Whenever she touches someone, they suffer and eventually die if she holds on long enough. She was imprisoned for murder by the Re-establishment, an organization who is dedicated to rebuilding the polluted, barren Earth on the surface. Food and animals are scarce, the sky is incredibly polluted, and diseases run rampant. No one knows why Juliette's touch is so harmful, but she is small compared to the larger problems of the world. Everything changes when after months and months of isolation, a boy is put into her cell with her. She has no idea what her jailers' angle is, but she is determined to keep to herself and keep him safe. He isn't what he appears to be and she has to choose whether she will be a weapon for someone else to wield or a self sufficient warrior.

Shatter Me is a mixed bag for me. On one hand, I was engaged by the interesting writing style and the main character, Juliette. The narrative is written in a kind of stream of consciousness style, giving the work the feeling of reading her journal or her innermost thoughts. It's punctuated with occasional strike outs that reveal Juliette's true feelings, usually followed by what she thinks she should feel. At the beginning of the story, she is practically catatonic, having been isolated for the better part of a year in an insane asylum. The strike outs provide glimpses into Juliette's character that she doesn't reveal outwardly. They lessen as the story goes along and as Juliette becomes stronger and more expressive. Juliette is the most compelling character by far and undergoes the most development. Underneath all the abuse she has experienced, she's very strong and her sensitivity is sometimes mistaken for weakness.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Poetic Writing with Strong Characters and Story
Mafi's writing is nothing less than poetry! I underlined so many sentences and phrases that were interesting, surprising, and full of meaning. Read more
Published 16 hours ago by Tracy
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good story that talks how to fit in a society and found...
The story of this book is about a girl struggling to survive in a world where she is different from everybody, she tries to fit but nobody wants her and in spite of this she... Read more
Published 18 hours ago by Juan C. Fernandez Yepez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good teenager book.
Published 1 day ago by Kirsten Pfeiffer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it
Published 3 days ago by Nathaniel Lambert
2.0 out of 5 stars This book makes me angry.
It was alright for the first three or four chapters (alright meaning tolerable) until the main character is set free and JUST REFUSES TO COOPERATE OR SEE REASON. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Sheila Wu
1.0 out of 5 stars Truly Terrible Book
I absolutely hated this book. I came very very VERY close to putting it down and not finishing it because I hated reading it that much and I mostly skimmed towards the end because... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Abby S
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Couldn't put it down!
Published 4 days ago by Roxanne Jurchen
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!
If you love a love story or action then you will love this. Fans of divergent and hunger games will enjoy it as well.
Published 4 days ago by Marion
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Shattering Stars
Shatter Me is a very mysterious story of a girl, Juliette, who's touch can kill, and she's been an outcast most of her life. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Perfect recommend it to all. Students loved it.
Published 5 days ago by Janet Goss
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Tahereh Mafi is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling SHATTER ME series. She was born and raised in a small city somewhere in Connecticut and currently resides in Orange County, California, where the weather is just a little too perfect for her taste. When unable to find a book, she can be found reading candy wrappers, coupons, and old receipts. SHATTER ME is her first novel. You can visit her online at or follow her on twitter at @TaherehMafi.

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