Friday, August 31, 2012

Shatter Me 9/10

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.
For some reason, this book has not touched South African bookstores yet. So I had to place a special order and now own a shiny US hardcover edition. Yay!

I absolutely adored Shatter Me! It is is written in a unique way that is both simple and captivating. Yes, it does fall into some of pitfalls that YA fiction seems to make a beeline for these days. Such as the romance aspect is a little 2 dimensional. I am getting a little tired of Instant Love. I miss books in which the tension between two characters is built up over a period of time.

The world in which Shatter Me takes place is interesting and blends your usual Dystopian aspects with elements from X-Men.

The characters are complex and I loved how Mafi explored how the world would be precieved by someome.

I recommend Shatter Me for fans of Dystopian fiction.

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