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One thing I love about bookstores: stumbling across a book that turns out to be a fantastic book you read in a day! Which is what happened to me when I went to Chapters one day, found Shatter Me in the young adult section on a table for those who liked the Hunger Games books. As I’m always looking for dystopian literature, I immediately bought it and read it in 24 hours and now withering in torment because the next book won’t be published until November!

Now warning, this review contains spoilers!

Shatter Me starts off with a young woman, Juliette, who has been in a prison for almost a year, held by The Reestablishment. She has seen or talked to anyone in that time. She also hasn’t touched another human being in her entire life.

One day, a young man, Adam, is put into her cell. She starts to freak out because she will hurt (or kill) anyone who touches her. That is why she is being held as a prisoner.

Slowly, Adam and Juliette befriend each other. Not until Warren, a high-ranking official, takes her out of her cell to become his pet project. He reveals that Adam is working for The Reestablishment and was only put in her cell to gain her confidence.

Despite the fact Warren moves her into a luxurious mansion, Juliette is still a prisoner, instead now she is Warren’s prisoner. He wants to turn her “gift” into a weapon by torturing people for information. She has been tormented by her power her entire life, but she has never wanted to hurt anyone.

Warren helps her realize that she has a very powerful gift. She learns that from her ability, she can gain her own strength. And because of this realization, she makes her own choice, one that Warren hasn’t made for her: to use that power for good, against those who are evil.

Even though Adam is working as a soldier for the government, he tells Juliette that he’s actually part of the rebel movement, called the Omega. He also tells her that he can touch her without her powers affected him. For the first time in her life, she experiences human touch (her own mother couldn’t even hold her). Her life completely changes and they fall in love.

Unfortunately, when Adam and her escape, Warren (who is creepily obsessed with her at this point) touches her and it doesn’t affect him either. She knows that if Warren can touch her without pain, he will stop at nothing to get her back.

I feel like I am not doing this book justice, because a lot happens in this story and there are so many twists and turns. It was absolutely amazing and for sure one of the best books I have ever read. Well written – definitely on the spicy side of YA because there was a LOT of swearing and a lot more sexuality.

I also loved how there was two sides to everything: the decrepit prison versus the comfortable mansion, Juliette’s power used for good and bad, Adam’s love versus Warren’s love for her, The Reestablishment versus the Omega movement.

Juliette is a bit like Rogue from X-Men in that her power is in her touch. The dystopian setting makes her ability much more significant because the stakes are even higher. Especially when Juliette and Adam’s freedom is on the line, especially when Warren’s sole purpose will be to get her back after she escapes.

So go out now, buy this book, take a day off, read it, love it, and then wait patiently for the second book to come out in November!

Rating:

{  } Pretty bad
{  } Tolerable
{  } All right
{  } Exciting
{  } Enthralling
{x} Spectacular!*

Book 29 out of 60

*I had to add a special rating for this book. It was that good.

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