by Tahereh Mafi
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:
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.
This book is amazing- YA narrative at its best!
I'm not going to lie, I definitely had my doubts first going in to this one, the constant scratching out of feelings and phrases gave me pause, I felt that they were very distracting, but I quickly got over it and grew to appreciate the merit behind them. The metaphors and hyperboles are deep, imaginative and, repeat myself, simply amazing!
Mafi has well-defined and thought out characters. No one is two-dimensional, even Warner resident enemy #1, he has a lot of depth and I wanted to see even more of him (hopefully Mafi will give it to us in Unravel Me). It doesn't hurt that he's the gorgeous bad boy to Adam's boy-next-door persona.
I honestly am not sure if I can pick a team with this love triangle. I'm very envious of Juliette, to say the least! Adam is charming, gentle and a comfort that Juliette truly needs right now, but will see what happens down the line...
And Juliette, what an amazing heroine! Definitely one of my favourites. She has all this power and ability for destruction, that many want to get their hands on, but she refuses to use it. Her humanity is what I truly appreciated about her- her willingness to risk her own life in order to save others is very inspiring. And she's gone through so much in her short, young life, but she doesn't act bitter about it. She's awesome and I loved reading from her perspective!
I'm sure many of you have already read this one, but I will say it anyway, GO BUY SHATTER ME RIGHT NOW!!! It is so worth it, and I can't wait to start Unravel Me!
You rock Mafi!