“Shatter Me” by Tahereh Mafi—A Review

This review will be an analysis of the relationships between Juliette, Adam, and Warner whom are the three main characters of Shatter Me.

Shatter Me is a young adult (YA) trilogy in a dystopian society where young people have developed extraordinary abilities. Those abilities only add to the dynamic of these three characters’ relationships. Their abilities have to do with touch. Juliette’s touch is deadly, but both Adam and Warner both seem immune to her fatal touch. The second book explains further the dynamics of Adam’s and Warner’s ability to have physical contact with her, but for this analysis all I will discuss is their ability to touch her.

Our introduction to Adam involves him being locked in a room with Juliette. He seems aloof. They eventually warm to each other and we find out Adam is a plant to find out more about Juliette by the Reestablishment which took over “everything.” The Reestablishment purports the idea that religion, holidays, and such are what destroyed society and they took it upon themselves to establish a new order.

Adam is a subordinate of Warner’s but escapes with Juliette to a resistance group called “Omega Point.” Warner is the son of megalomaniac father who runs his sector of the Reestablishment. Both young men soon fall for Juliette. Adam desires to protect Juliette and Warner, but Warner says he will treat Juliette as an equal.

To me, Adam’s motives and love seems more pure given the history they share as children in school. I also like it that Adam wants to her to make her own choices. Warner appears to be manipulative in how he deals with Juliette. He can be possessive of her although he wants her to be with him as an equal. He plays on her past regrets when her touch accidentally killed a young boy. His plans are to use her power as a tool.

Honestly, though, I would choose neither boy though because one is a manipulator, and the other kept secrets from her. The complexities of this love triangle further developed as one character grew, one did not, and one continued to annoy me. Take a guess at which characters I am speaking of.

I find Jullette too swayed by her emotions and carnal desires, but given that she has touched no one without hurting or killing them, I guess I can give her some leeway.

The story is well written and the sensual scenes will make your heart race. Each drop of descriptive text will leave you panting. Enjoy this dystopian love triangle, I know I did.

Tahereh Mafi is the author of children’s and young adult fiction. Shatter Me is the first installment in the series. The other titles include: Unravel Me (Book 2), Ignite Me (Book 3), Restore Me (Book 4), and Defy Me (Book 5). The series also includes novellas entitled: Destroy Me 1.5, Fracture Me 2.5, and Shadow Me 4.5. (Destroy Me and Fracture Me can also be bought as one book called Unite Me or under their separate titles.) There is a sixth book left untitled that is yet to come out according to Goodreads. You can find out more about the author and her books at: http://www.taherehbooks.com

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Melissa Rose Gardiner is a Christian first and foremost. She loves her coffee and has a penchant for adding 8- 10 packets of sugar my cup. Her writing go-to drink is hot cocoa though. She is an aspiring YA author. Melissa is currently writing a clean YA Sci-fi rendition of Alice in Wonderland with some doses of Peter Pan in it too. Her endeavors are to make it a trilogy and with at least one novella based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Shadow”. She enjoys tennis, candle collecting, singing, painting, reading, and writing of course. You can find her online at: https://m.facebook.com/HoneybeeRoseWriter and on: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/41428816-melissa

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