Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

shatterme‘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.

Please touch me, is what I want to 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.

Allen and Unwin – November 2011

On paper this title seems like a sure bet in piquing a teen’s interest.  An isolated girl with unrealised power stuck in a triangle between the boy she’s always loved and the boy who’s always loved power.  But that would be underselling this title, while it isn’t lacking cliched moments and rushed pacing (the end is evidence of this), there is something quite delicious and fun about Mafi’s writing.

While not quite a fresh take on a interesting concept, Mafi does involve the reader.  It would be a great discussion catalyst with teens as the notion of power and control is interestingly portrayed.

Genre: Dystopian, paranormal, romance

Topics: resilience, love, neglect, power, resistance

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