“Shatter Me” Tahereh Mafi

“Shatter Me,” Book #1. 2011. Harper (HarperCollins). 338 pp.

ShatterMeIn a futuristic world where the Reestablishment has conquered the planet and makes all the rules, seventeen-year-old Juliette Ferrars has been incarcerated in an insane asylum since she was 14 years old. Starved, beaten and bereft of human companionship, her days blend into each other. She believes she is a monster because her touch can kill. No one believes she didn’t mean to kill that little boy three years ago. She only wanted to help him, but he died in her arms.

After years of solitary confinement, another prisoner is assigned to her cell. Adam sends her mind and body into turmoil as she recalls his protection from her third grade classmates, how he quietly stood by her side over their years together in school, and how much she liked him. Her confusion deepens when she is suddenly released into the custody of the Reestablishment, and finds out Adam was a soldier sent to spy on her. The Reestablishment is eager to conquer the vestiges of the population who are resisting their control, and want Juliette to torture their enemies.

Warner, their commander, has feelings for her and is determined to make Juliette his secret weapon, but her heart belongs to Adam. Adam offers hope, but Warner offers understanding for her condition.  Juliette has to make a decision that will cost more than she is willing to offer.

Recommended for readers 14 and older.

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