Relase Date: November 15, 2011
Publisher: Harper Colllins
Age Group: YA
Format: Paperback - ARC
Intrest: Young Adult
Challenge: 2011 Reading Challenge, Debut Author Challenge
Buy the Book: Amazon
"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.
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.
When I started reading Shatter Me it had very high standards to live up to! I had read so many glowing reviews on this book, from fellow blogging friends to my own mother! Unfortunately for me, this book didn't live up to all the hype!
Shatter Me is a dystopian, although its unclear when it takes place or where for that matter. It is about a girl named Juliette, who has what some people think is an ability, but she feels is a curse. Anyone she touches, winds up dead, or seriously injured! ( all depending on how long they are touched) Also, she can break through concrete walls with her firsts, which I thought was pretty awesome! Anyways, the book starts off with Juliette in an asylum of sorts. She's been locked away there to protect people from her. One day she is given a cellmate, name Adam who she is instantly attracted to. She teaches Adam the ropes and how to survive. One day armed men come to her cell and whisk her and Adam away to the Restablishment. There she finds out that Adam is not at all who she thought he was. And that the Reestablishment have other plans for her! They are planning to use her as a weapon of sorts ( think, weapons of mass destruction!) but little do they know that not everyone is affected by Juliette's touch! Soon Juliette and Adam are fighting for their lives! Unsure of who to trust, where to run, what is the truth and what is a conspiracy, and are there more people out there like Juliette? Can that even be possible? Well...you'll have to read the book if you want to find out! I don't want to give too much away!
Before I tell you what I did and didn't like about this book I will say that I recieved my ARC back in April, at that time it had a plain white cover as no cover had been chosen yet. Most of the ARCs of Shatter Me I've seen have the cover that you will see when the book is released. So that being said, my copy was such an early release of the book, quite a few things may have changed.
So starting with the cover, I LOVE the cover of the book! It looks exactly like what I would imagine Juliette to look like, long flowing brown hair, fierce looks that could kill without even her touch! What did bother me about this cover is what she is wearing, Juliette never wore anything like that in the book! She is always either in beat up clothes, mens clothes, fancy purple dresses, or purple jumpsuits. I know I know! Minor detail! I didn't care for the style of writing ( it annoyed me at times) , but again this could change by the finished copy. I'm not sure why but I didn't particularly connect with Juliette's character, or Adam's either for that matter. I did find the plot intresting, and I liked that you jump right into the story from the first page!
For me this book didn't live up to all of the hype behind it. But since I had a very early copy, a lot of things could have changed by the finished copy. So I encourage you check this one out for yourself!