AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi

Publication Date: November 15, 2011
Format: Audio
Genre:  Sci/fi Fantasy
Narrators: Kim Simses

Publisher: Harper Audio
 9 hours 12 min
Buy: Kindle | Audio


"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. But things happen when people touch me. Strange things. Bad 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.


I went into this book not know what to expect.  I almost stopped listening due to the characters annoying habit of repeating words over and over again. However the longer I listened the more it made sense.  Imagine not being touched your entire life and then sentenced to an institution in solitary for years. Your mind playing tricks on you, your only companion your thoughts.  Convincing yourself that you are not crazy over and over is probably exactly how you would behave.

This is the start of a series where we see Juliette go from an inmate in a solitary to being wanted by the vicious leader of one of the sectors in this crumbling world. He is only a teenager but he seems to have a strong attachment to Juliette, he wants to use her "gift" or as she calls it "curse" to help him but down the resistance.  

But Juliette doesn't want to kill, she values human life and finds her power a curse and is terrified to use it. She soon discovers that there is one soldier who can touch her without dying, and she falls for him.  They escape but in their attempt to get free she also discovers that Warner the head of the sector also can touch her without consequence and it terrifies her. 

I would give this book a 3 1/2 star rating.  I liked it by the end but there was a point I almost DNF. 

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