Rating: 5/5 stars
Title: Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Shatter Me Series Book 1
Juliette has lived her whole life avoiding human touch. Now, she is locked in a facility accused of murder by the Reestablishment.
The story is about the main character, Juliette, who has a fatal touch. In the 17 years that she has been alive no one has managed to find out why her touch is fatal. However, the Reestablishment has new plans in mind for her. Her touch could prove a valuable weapon in case of war and that is why she must be turned into a weapon.
Juliette, who is the main character, has not realised the power she holds in her hands. She has lived her whole life in fear of touching others. Even her family saw her as a burden. In this book her voice reminds you more of a scared depressed teenager than a powerful female protagonist. In all honesty, for me that was part of the appeal. People change and not every 17 year old can be a powerful female protagonist from the get-go. This is one of those things that you can grow into. The first book is the perfect introduction to this character. She is vulnerable and that makes her relate-able and likeable (at times at the start you even pity her a bit, but that does not last too long.)
Adam is one of the two male supporting characters. Personally, I was not his biggest fan. For some reason ever since the moment he first appeared he bugged me. Nevertheless, his relationship with Juliette helps her get unstuck. He is always helpful and kind, both of which are amazing characteristics (not too mention how loving he is.)
Warner is amazing. He is a tough character and he is definitely not a hero, but still there is something about him I found tremendously appealing (maybe it was the fact that he tried to help Juliette realise her true power.) He is arrogant at times and also demanding, he likes things to go his way and he will do anything to ensure that they will. In all honesty, I am biased when it comes to Warner. I fell in love with him the moment he appeared in the book and my feelings towards him have not changed. I understand he is a very flawed character, but who isn’t?
Overall: This book is a great start to an amazing trilogy. Juliette’s voice is so strong in this book and I just adored watching her voice change and grow from the first page of the book to the last. Even if you do not like Dystopian (which did not used to be something I read) I definitely think you should give this book a chance. In my opinion it is very well written and the story itself is wonderful.