Juliette's touch is deadly. In world that is quickly falling into an apocalypse, nothing is right. Juliette's parents get rid of her as soon as they cJuliette's touch is deadly. In world that is quickly falling into an apocalypse, nothing is right. Juliette's parents get rid of her as soon as they can and Juliette lives in an asylum. Juliette hasn't spoken in 264 days, and that all changes when suddenly her isolation ends when Adam is thrust into her cell. Things quickly progress, and Juliette learns that The Reestablishment wants to use Juliette's power for their own and she is only left with the choice to fight - but for or against them?
While much of the summaries about Shatter Me talk about the deterioration of the world, Shatter Me actually focuses much more on Juliette then the situation happening around her. Initially, the Juliette that readers find is damaged. Even long before Juliette learns her touch can kill, people have hated and feared her. It's easy to tell that Juliette's loneliness started long before she was locked away. One thing that I actually really enjoyed was seeing text be crossed out - we all think things that we wish we hadn't moments later, and it provides a deeper look into Juliette's mind. As such, Shatter Me has some of the best character development I've seen in ages. Filled with poetic metaphors, Shatter Me's writing is beautiful, but they can also be overwhelming and distracting, and this is my one fault with the story.
The relationship between Juliette and Adam is really interesting - Juliette immediately sees something familiar in Adam, and is drawn to him. Despite this though, their relationship has its' awkward moments and the hesitations were perfectly demonstrated. 'Does he like me as much as like him? Are we dating?' Seeing this in the middle of all the crazy elements surrounding them helped ground the story a bit. The relationship between Juliette and the Reestablishment is as fascinating, and you really get a grasp on the fact that while Juliette is damaged and a bit broken, she is not crazy. Juliette's character establishes itself incredibly well in the moments where she is forced to take action.
The ending of Shatter Me completely lifts off the veil you've had over Juliette's world, and I for one, am excited to see what happens next. While Juliette's ability and some other elements of her world ring of 'X-men' I don't hold that against it. Sometimes serious, sometimes funny, Shatter Me is a good combination of emotions that left me feeling fulfilled while still wanting more....more