Rating: 2 out of 5 chocolates
Juliette has not touched anyone in 264 days. The last time she did, she was locked up by The Reestablishment for the murder of a little boy - an accident which eats at her, making her believe she is a monster. No one knows why her touch is lethal. Then one day, much to Juliette's horror, a boy gets thrown into her cell. Adam, the boy that she has been in love with for so long.
Tahereh Mafi's Shatter Me is an enjoyable enough read, if you're looking for something light and insubstantial. The writing is very lyrical, heavy with semi-poetic metaphors. It is set in a dystopian world where birds no longer fly, poverty and disease have destroyed the population, and The Reestablishment's word is law. Not to worry though, as the story doesn't really focus on these things at all. It focuses on Juliette and Adam's love story, and Warner, the main antagonist, and his obsession with Juliette.
* Please be forewarned that there will be spoilers ahead*
The origins of Juliette's powers are not explained. It's a bit reminiscent, if not exactly that, of Xmen's Rogue. Her touch is so lethal, so powerful, that it kills. Inexplicably (and conveniently), Juliette is able to touch Adam without causing any harm. Personally, I cannot stand it when things happen a little too conveniently for the protagonists - where is the drama? The climax? Such as in the part where Juliette is able to rescue Adam from captivity so easily because *gasp* there are no guards around.
As for the writing style, I enjoy lyricism, truly I do. I'm a sucker for poetic prose. However, Mafi's overloaded lyrical writing became tiresome after a while. The use of strikeouts were completely unnecessary and after a while, annoying.
I find it really unfair to say all of these things, because I actually didn't mind reading this book. In fact, I enjoyed it. I did a whole lot more groaning and eye-rolling while reading Stephenie Meyer's Breaking Dawn than when I read Shatter Me. So, to reiterate, if you're looking for something light, dystopian and with a love story, pick up Shatter Me and try not to think too much for answers afterwards. Hopefully they will be in the second book.