Thursday, January 2, 2014

Shatter Me, by Tahereh Mafi

I read about Shatter Me on - it was one of their spotlight books and the premise was intriguing.

Shatter Me is about a girl named Juliette who's living in a world where things are wildly different than they are now. The government has been overthrown and redeveloped. It is now run by the "Reestablishment" which has divided the world up into "sectors".  Food and supplies are scarce, and animal species are disappearing.

Juliette is imprisoned in a psychiatric ward because she's special - for some reason, she can't touch anything without hurting it. Severely hurting it. She's been there for three years, but this all changes when one day she gets a cell mate, a boy named Adam. Juliette knew Adam when she was younger, and is really curious about why he's coming back in her life now. Eventually, she learns that Adam works for the government, and the leader has requested to free her in order to use her as a weapon. Juliette has a huge problem with this, and soon learns that Adam's on her side. They plan to escape from the leader's grasp, but will they be able to?

Thinking back over the book, there was a lot of action and a lot happened. However, as I was reading, I just kind of felt like it was dragging on. It didn't feel like much was happening. There was one part of the book that I really liked, though. It was written from Juliette's perspective, and certain lines/sentences would be crossed out as Juliette tried to change her mind or think of what was more 'suitable' to say or think. I found that stylistic element interesting.

I think there are a few students who will enjoy this book, but I don't think I'll be recommending it too heavily.

Also Try: The Legend series, by Marie Lu; Witch and Wizard, by James Patterson; Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins; Matched, by Ally Condie

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