Lucy Recommends… [2] – The Shatter Me Trilogy by Tahereh Mafi

lucyrecommendsLucy Recommends… is a feature aiming to persuade you to read a particular book, genre or series. 

This time I’m going to be featuring the Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi, which I think you should all read. There are many mixed reviews, so it’s not everyone’s type of book, but I do see more positive than negative reviews.

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Even if you don’t read the trilogy, you’re going to want to own the books because they’re so gorgeous. The trilogy starts off with Shatter Me, then Unravel Me, and finally Ignite Me. The books get better and better as they go on and Tahereh Mafi has written one of my favourite trilogies.

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

Shatter Me is similar to The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken and the main character, Juliette, isn’t able to touch anyone. It is set in a futuristic world where everything is dying and the country is set into different sectors. Something that sets the books apart is the way they are written: there are parts of the book crossed out and we can tell that Juliette isn’t completely sane from this. Mafi writes in incredible prose though and there are so many beautiful quotes I could pick out.

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Another major pro is that all three books have been released. Ignite Me, the final book, was released earlier this month and, boy, was it amazing. I was so nervous because I wasn’t sure how it would end, but everything was wrapped up nicely and I was incredibly happy. All three books took my breath away and I cannot wait to see what Mafi brings to the table next. Whatever it is, I’m sure it will be amazing.

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Have you read the Shatter Me trilogy yet? Are you planning on doing so?

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8 Comments

  1. Caroline Taylor
    21 February, 2014 / 7:05 pm

    For some strange reason I still haven’t gotten around to reading Shatter Me even though it sounds exactly like the sort of book I would love. Now the series is complete and I am seeing people raving about Ignite Me I really must crack on with the series.

  2. 21 February, 2014 / 10:21 pm

    Ugh I love these covers so much and still need to read Ignite Me! Tahereh’s writing is just so beautiful I feel like you could read this book just to experience how she puts sentences together. It’s simply perfect. Thanks for sharing, Lucy! <33
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  3. 22 February, 2014 / 1:43 am

    OMG YES YES YES!!! I absolutely love this series and I just have to buy Unravel Me to have the full set. Team Warner for life!
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  4. 2 March, 2014 / 4:56 pm

    I read all 3 books and loved them except book 3. I was 50/50 with this one sadly

  5. 6 April, 2014 / 10:49 am

    You have convinced me. I will have to get around to reading it. It will be some where after Divergent though 😉

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