An Incredible Debut Novel

By Tahereh Mafi
Harper, $9.99, 368 pages

Juliette has spent the past two hundred and sixty-four days in isolation at an institute run by The Reestablishment – the government agency that took over society in order to save it from itself. Juliette is there because of the killing power of her touch and is certain she will be there forever. Things change suddenly when Juliette comes into contact with Adam, a boy she knew as a child. They decide to work together to get out of the clutches of The Reestablishment and be free from them forever.

Shatter Me is the debut novel of author Tahereh Mafi and it is phenomenal achievement. The book grips the reader from the start with the character of Juliette, who is a fascinating heroine. She is fearful, stubborn, loyal and terrifying to both herself and the reader. The supporting characters of Adam and Warner represent both the good and the bad in the world the characters live in. Juliette’s attraction to both of them helps highlight her confusion about who she is and, more importantly, who she wants to be. This is a book that sci-fi fans will not want to miss.

Reviewed By Barbara Cothern

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