La Revenant’s Review of
by Tahereh Mafi
Picture a future where our environment has been destroyed by human selfishness. Birds no longer fly high in the sky, animals are scarce and food is even scarcer. Humanity is dwindling away from starvation and an inability to survive in this harsh new reality. Government has fallen and The Reestablishment has stepped up to fill the void. The Reestablishment is all about control.
They want to recreate everything. … They want to redesign everything. They want to destroy anything that could have been the reason for our problems. They think we need a new, universal language. They want to destroy everything. Every language in history. -Shatter Me
There is still hope, though. Whispers of a revolution; a rebel party.
She is 17 years old.
She can neither touch nor be touched.
This is her story.
The Reestablishment is responsible for taking her out of her home. Juliette has been institutionalized since she was 14. She remembers that her parents did not say goodbye to her when she was taken away and also that she did not cry.
I know the sky falls down everyday.
The sun drops into the ocean and splashes browns and reds and yellows and oranges into the world outside my window. A million leaves from a hundred different branches dip in the wind, fluttering with the false promise of flight. The gust catches their withered wings only to force them downward, forgotten, left to be trampled by the soldiers stationed just below.
Juliette looking out her cell window-Shatter Me
She has been in solitary confinement for the past 264 days. But today things are changing. She is getting a cellmate.
I was enthralled by the first sentence of Shatter Me, “I have been locked up for 264 days.” Tahereh Mafi definitely has a magical way with words, which spoke to me and resonated within me. I devoured this book in one sitting. Shatter Me is a story of a girl who desperately wishes to be able to touch and be touched by others but there is something about her that makes her different, a monster in some peoples eyes, a weapon in others. The characters that Juliette meets and interacts with are vividly written and you will love and hate them. Love is discovered; adventures, danger, excitement and wonders are experienced through the reading of Juliette’s story. I highly recommend reading this book. I do not know how else to say you need to read this book, except by saying “you really need to read this book!” The wonderful thing about Shatter Me is that it is only the first book of a trilogy! I also have to commend Tahereh Mafi for an amazingly written first book, bravo.