Shatter Me (Harper Collins Publishing, 368 pages, $4.99 Kindle, $4.55 Paperback, $10.07 Hardcover) by Tahereh Mafi
I’m sure by now, like me, you’re tired of the myriad of dystopian novels. After reading the back book cover of Shatter Me in my local bookstore, I decided to give Tahereh Mafi’s world a shot. While Shatter Me is set in a time following the world’s near catastrophic end as we poison ourselves, animals, plant life, and the waters around us with pesticides and growth hormones, this tale is unique in that a small percentage of the population has gifts or abilities.
Tahereh’s main character, Juliette, is unable to have any human contact without the prospect of severely injuring those she comes in contact with or even killing them. A simple brush against her arm, the romantic act of holding hands, or the intimacy hugging a loved one is denied to Juliette.
Even amidst all the turmoil of the end of the world, the Reestablishment and its resistance, in addition to being removed from her home with her parents’ approval to be tossed into an asylum, Juliette is given a chance to hope and dream. She fights for her life and a chance at love.
I struggled to put the book down as I went about my day to day activities to the point of feeling forced to purchase this book on Audible and that’s exactly what I did.
It’s a unique and remarkable story. I was heartbroken and shattered to hear about Juliette’s past, destroyed when I read about the Reestablishment’s sick plans for her, and uplifted when Adam came into her life, as I’m sure you will be as well.