I was really intrigued by the synopsis of this book. I find dystopian stories to be really fascinating, the exploration of how the world could change and how society would be effected and evolve. Shatter Me is set in a world where people are struggling to survive and control is in the hands of an organisation called The Reestablishment. Juliette is considered to be a threat and has been locked away because her touch can kill, because of this The Reestablishment want to use her as a weapon against their enemies, and somehow she must fight back and gain the freedom she has never had.
At first I wasn’t sure about the style of the writing but the more I read, the more engrossed I became in the story and I started to appreciate how the writing style added to the insight of the main character. Juliette feels so much uncertainty towards the world and herself that is reflected through her thoughts, but you slowly see as she grows stronger and more confident in herself as the book progresses.
Juliette’s backstory is really interesting. The way she has been treated her whole life leading to her getting locked up in the asylum, you wouldn’t have blamed her for becoming bitter towards the world but instead she retains her kindness and hope that things will get better and that she is more than the monster everyone has always considered her to be. Even her own parents. Her strange ability to kill through touch is really interesting, and a part of her that Juliette struggles to understand and control. I’m looking forward to finding out more about it, how she got it and why, in the next few books.
Warner is a really fascinating character. Part of The Reestablishment, his motives are not fully clear, especially when it comes to Juliette, and you can tell there is more to him then the image he presents of himself. He’s quite difficult to figure out but that’s what makes him so great. You never know what he’ll do next and I can’t wait to learn more about him through the rest of the series. I really enjoyed the added snippet of Warner’s perspective at the end of the book that gives you a little sneak peek into his head, adding to the ambiguity of his character. Author Tahereh Mafi created characters that are complex and have interesting backstories, some of which are yet to be fully revealed. It makes for a really engaging read, in which you can never quite be sure of the intentions of any of the characters.
During this book I felt like I was reading something quite different from other books I’ve read, something original and that wasn’t predictable. I really enjoyed this first book of the series, it was a great set-up of a fascinating world with intriguing characters, and I will definitely be reading the next books to find out how it all ends.