If you don’t already know Tahereh Mafi from her innovative blog or witty Twitter stream or Tumblr or other locales where she has taken over the Internet, you probably will soon hear about ‘Shatter Me,’ her awesome dystopian YA novel that’s publishing today.
‘Shatter Me’ is about Juliette, whose touch is fatal, and who is being held captive by the Reestablishment in a dystopian world. After a long stretch in solitary confinement she suddenly has a visitor, and this kicks in motion a plot where Juliette has to come to terms with her power and try to escape. It’s exciting, gripping, suspenseful, mesmerizing, and all those other adjectives that go along with a great adventure.
But what really sets ‘Shatter Me’ apart is the writing. True to form, Tahereh didn’t just go and write a novel, there’s an incredibly clever use of strikethrough and some of the most unique turns of phrase and descriptions you’ll ever see in a YA novel. ‘Shatter Me’ is proof that you can have innovative language in a commercial YA novel.
But don’t take my word for it. Publishers Weekly says:
“Mafi combines a psychological opener with an action-adventure
denouement in her YA debut. This is a gripping read from an author who’s
not afraid to take risks.”
Congrats to Tahereh on a great achievement, and please do yourself a favor and read ‘Shatter Me’!