This review is spoiler free.
“All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.”
Series: Shatter Me
Published: 2012, by HarperCollins.
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Fantasy
Contains: Death, Murder, Violence, Torture, Grief, Blood/Gore, Sexual Content, Strong Language, Trauma, Kidnapping, Threats, War
‘Shatter Me’ follows Juliette, a girl incapable of touch. The last time she did, she was imprisoned for murder. So now, she hasn’t touched anyone in 264 days. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one cares for her; the world has more problems than a seventeen-year-old girl, so she’s left alone. Abandoned. Forgotten. However, The Reestablishment believe she could be of some use. So, Juliette must make a choice of becoming a weapon, or a warrior.
I was initially drawn to this book by its gorgeous cover, loving the colours and design. However, the talk surrounding this book, both positive and negative eventually lead me to pick it up and try it. Needless to say, I loved it.
This book as a whole is definitely a one sitting read. The language and page layout means you’re capable of achieving progress so quickly, coupled with the short chapters means its an easy read to get through. However, every chapter comes with its own cliff-hanger, making it an extremely satisfying read.
Juliette is an incredibly gripping protagonist, making for a wonderful read. She’s smart, fun, and a brilliant storyteller, yet she does come with her flaws. She’s broken, naive, and a little on the defensive side. And yet, that’s what makes her human. Her powers are incredibly unique and powerful, and the concept of her being used as a weapon simply makes the story as realistic as a woman with the power to kill with her touch as it can be.
However, the story doesn’t come without it’s faults; introducing Adam. Adam’s immediately introduced as a love interest, which initially caused the book to lose a star, yet was immediately gained by the addictiveness of the entire book. Adam’s relationship with brother James was wonderful, making up for his, admittedly boring, relationship with Juliette.
However, my favourite character was Warner, who made an interesting villain. His language and persona was gripping, being full of grace and power within the pages that made him a full, concrete character.
The novel is written from the first person perspective of Juliette, who has a lacked knowledge of literacy, yet you can see it gradually improving as the story progresses, which makes for such a clever technique – and make the book even more addictive.
Overall, I shamelessly loved this book. It’s fun, interesting, and gripping. I can’t wait to read the rest.
What do you think about insta-love in books? Do you have any exceptions?