Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Review by Janine
Juliette has never known love, kindness or a gentle touch. Her whole life she has been feared for a power she doesn't want and can't control. Her touch can kill. After accidentally killing a person while trying to help them, Juliette's parents decide they no longer want her around and turn her into the authorities, where she spends the next three years of her life in an asylum. Little does she know that she is being watched, studied by those that would want to use her to help control the world. The reestablishment is ruthless, controlling the people: where they live, what they eat, what they do, everyone lives in fear. But the rebels are planning their own rebellion... one that will free the people and save the world, and with Juliette's help, anything is possible, but is it worth the price?
I don't think that love is a strong enough word to describe my feelings for this book!!!! The premise was really great, but what really struck me was how drawn into the story you were right from the beginning. You are introduced to Juliette while she is in her cell in the asylum, and you not only get her story (in bits and pieces), but are really able to read the state of her mind. She is broken from years of not being loved or even being able to be touched. Her carefully constructed world and the barriers that she has constructed to save herself and everyone around her, begin to crumble when a stranger is brought into her room. Although she doesn't know what is going on, she is about to be a pawn in a very complex game that she doesn't understand. You, as the reader, are struck by not only how broken she is, but how naïve she is to the games that people play. When she is pushed, which is in the presence of Warner, (the man who wants to save her and make her a weapon in the war to control the world) she channels all the anger and frustration that she has and totally becomes a "kick butt" character! She is the girl that we all would want to be in the face of fear and evil. She is loyal and determined, strong but still unsure of herself. We ultimately go on a journey with her from a scared, naïve girl with a strong sense of right and wrong and a loyalty that goes unmatched to a girl who can do what she needs to do in order to protect her loyalties and herself. I can not wait for the next book in this series, Unravel Me. I feel like I was watching a movie and had to stop half way through......... I am in luck with this one, though. Only 13 more days to go, but who is counting!!!!!