Here is the summary of the book:
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. In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting asThe Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel.
Shatter Me proved to be better than I originally thought. This is how the story goes like. Juliette can't touch anybody. Her touch is dangerous, her touch is power... Set in a post-apocalyptic dystopian world Juliette has been long since isolated from civilization because of this curse she bears. Long since isolated and kept in solidarity in an asylum of sorts, all Juliette wants is to feel the touch of another.... all Juliette wants is to touch somebody - anybody and not kill them with her touch. All this starts to change when she gets a new cellmate, Adam. Its a blast from the past. Juliette knows the guy, this was the Adam from her school. This was the boy who always stood up for her at school whenever they were mean to her. But there is more to Adam that meets the eye, is he really working with the enemy... the leader of the Reestablishment, Warren or is he there for a whole lot of a different reason and most important for Juliette - she is not alone, there are others like her out there but with different abilities. It is just the matter of choosing the right side and whether it is where you need to be or not.
This book is jaw-dropping awesome - I'm in love with the way Tahereh Mafi produced this wonderful read. This is the first book of the series and suffice to say, it lays a good background to the book. This is a post apocalyptic world we are seeing here, there are no birds left, humans in their wants/desires have destroyed everything only a few habitable areas are all that is left in this world. Juliette is our main protagonist. We see and feel everything through her eyes. She is strong willed, has her priorities right....but all she wants after being isolated for so long is the touch of another and most of all she just wants to be accepted and loved.
Adam on the other hand is the perfect male protagonist. It wasn't really clear at first if he was the good guy or the bad one but he turns out to be a great person and all he wants was to keep Juliette safe from the reestablishment. Adam is passionate and righteous and will go to great lengths to keep Juliette safe and sound and away from the enemy's reach. The love between Juliette and Adam is just so intense and swoon-worthy. Its like a strong current of the river that takes you over the edge and you just can't help but be one with the flow.
To counteract the goodness that is Juliette and Adam, there is Warren, he is a psycho and he is the leader of the reestablishment and lusts after power. He wants Juliette for what she can do and wants her by his side to strike fear in the hearts of his enemies and the resistance and will pull all the stops necessary to do so. Shatter Me is definitely a breadth of fresh air. There is enough action throughout to satisfy an action junkie and enough room to keep a romantic happy. It was intense, passionate, dystopic, action-packed and gritty. I'm all for what the next book in the series has to offer.
"Its post-apocalyptic-dystopia meets the x-men and the fantastic four"
(You will need to read the book to know why I compared it as such)