Book Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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"You can't touch me," I whisper. I'm lying, is what I don't tell him. He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him. But things happen when people touch me. Strange things. Bad things. Dead things. 

No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, she's finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time--and to find a future with the one boy she thought she'd lost forever.

Really intense and beautiful. This book is probably one of my favorites because although it's yet another dystopian, post-apocalyptic novel with a female protagonist, it has a better premise and an original protagonist. The prose is clear, memorable, and yes, shattering.

Juliette was one of those saintly types (i.e., Jane Bennet, Harry Potter). However, she had a backstory that made me genuinely care about her - good for her. Adam was also a saintly type. The two were just perfect for each other, obviously.

Warner, the main antagonist, was just sick. He was obsessed with Juliette in this twisted way, wanting her to want him but threatening her and forcing her to torture innocent civilians. It was a great character foil to pure, too-nice Juliette.

The dystopian thing was dystopian for real, as in, the environment was ruined, the citizens were dying, etc. etc. It wasn't one of those dystopias where the society pretends to be perfect.

I'll be looking for Unravel Me, the next book of the series. Also check out Tahereh Mafi's website and blog - they are so cute! And remember that the covers are being changed, so look for this cover (cool, huh?): 
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