Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I wanted to love this book, after all the cover is phenomenal as well as the beginning of the story.  It draws you in right away with its mystery and action and I could not wait to flip the pages.  But then the story changed a bit and I found myself reading on for the sake of it rather than loving it.  And now I am torn, I am not sure that I want to read the next book but then again it did finish on a good note.  What I may end up doing is passing it on to one of my 5th grade girls and get her opinion, perhaps it is better than I give it credit for.

Bottom line: For more mature 5th grade readers that don’t mind a lot of kissing.

From Goodreads:

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.

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