Shatter Me #1 By Tahereh Mafi | Book Review

3.40/5 stars


Tahereh Mafi’s first installment to the ‘Shatter Me’ series explores a troubled seventeen-year-old girl, Juliette. Locked in an Asylum for 3 years, Juliette is released only to be used as a weapon.

“Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.”

The Reestablishment have plans for her or rather Warner, Head of Sector 45 does. Unfortunately, Juliette has no plans on conforming. Even if she wanted to. A rebellion organisation is on the loose – and they too plan to use her. For better or for worse? Juliette must choose.

Will she let them use her as a weapon? Or will she become a soldier?

Followed by: Destroy Me (#1.5 Shatter Me series) and Unravel Me (#2 Shatter Me series)

Main Characters:

  • Juliette Ferrars, main protagonist with a lethal touch
  • Adam Kent, cellmate with Juliette, who can be touched by Juliette
  • Warner “Green Eyes” Anderson, Head of Sector 45, part of The Reestablishment (AKA Current Government) (*spoiler* Aaron)

Side Characters:

  • Kenji “Kenny” Kishimoto, soldier of Sector 45
  • Castle, Leader and Founder of Omega Point (organisation against The Reestablishment)
  • James Kent, younger brother of Adam

Our Review:

I am a monster
I’m more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

Before even opening the book we are blessed with awesome quotes (as the blurb)!! Lucky or what??! Cheesy and cliché but we love it!

Well, where to begin…. It was an ordinary day when we found this extravagant piece of mastery. We were introduced to a wise, broken character called Juliet Juliette. Tahereh Mafi is very clever – how you say? She made Juliette seem real, she is far from “perfect” and that is why she stands out from lovable characters like Hermoine, Katniss, Clary etc (who are all by the way A+👌). Suffice to say we all need a break from those heroic characters – that have all the best qualities from the moment they are introduced.

At first, you don’t like Adam. Why? He steals her bed and blanket when he became her cellmate. Adam radiates mysteriousnesswhich made us NOT completely rule him up as a bad guy to Juliette. We soon find out he is a precious little gem. He was one of our OTPs. Keyword ‘was’ 😉 . That’s all the spoilers for today 😉 .

We’re gonna be honest here… It was hard to get into Mafi’s writing style. It’s not every day you come across a book filled with metaphors. Some we understood and some we didn’t.

Overall, the first book of the ‘Shatter Me’ series really explores Juliette’s character and her past experiences. Juliette is somewhat relatable – at first, she seems shy but only because she fears of what she is (and what she has become). Mafi puts Juliette on a journey to self-acceptance. You meet psychotic Warner. You meet charming Adam. You meet lovable Kenji (one of our favourite characters). With this unique plot, the characters come to life. If you’re looking to get out of your comfort zone – give this book a go! We’ll warn you now this book will leave you with many questions, all of which should be answered throughout the series. This is the calm before the storm.

Did you like Mafi’s unique writing style? Have any favourite moments you want to share? Comment down below!! We FANGIRL too!!!

Ciao from The Twins 😉


7 thoughts on “Shatter Me #1 By Tahereh Mafi | Book Review

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    1. You should totally check it out 😉😉!! We have not read Illuminae (but we intend to!!) – but have heard that it is somewhat similar… To be honest the writing style is what gets to you most with Mafi’s work but it is greatly enjoyable 😀


  1. Great review! I’ve seen this book on the shelves and have been wondering if I should give it a shot. After reading this post, I shall! The characters do seem interesting enough. 😊

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