Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

This is the first book in the series.

A fragile young teenage girl is held captive. Locked in a cell by The Reestablishment – a harsh dictatorship in charge of a crumbling world. This is no ordinary teenager. Juliette is a threat to The Reestablishment’s power. A touch from her can kill – one touch is all it takes. But not only is she a threat, she is potentially the most powerful weapon they could have. Juliette has never fought for herself before but when she’s reunited with the one person who ever cared about her, the depth of the emotion and the power within her become explosive .

I enjoyed the storyline. The characters were good and the plot developed well. The world portrayed in the book was an interesting one, and these interesting ‘powers’ or ‘gifts’ that have come about are interesting.

Juliette is a good main character. She starts of vulnerable, scared and weak, but as she escapes and becomes free, she develops in confidence and learns more about who she is. She’s actually quite a strong and brave character when she puts her mind to it.

I liked Adam as well. He liked her, and tried to do everything to help her. Juliette couldn’t quite believe it, which made it all the bit sweeter to read.

Warner is an interesting character. He is being portrayed as a villian, but I found that he wasn’t really. Yes, he wanted to use her which wasn’t particularly right, but he was also just doing his job. I’m interested to see how this progresses and whether he actually does become the bad guy he’s meant to be.

The only thing which was slightly annoying was the writing at times. Lots of repetition and crossed out phrases. Yes, it works, but it does get a little bit annoying at times.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

My rating: 4/5*


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