septembre 15, 2012

SHATTER ME, by Tahereh Mafi

I'm a student and I'm still learning english everyday. 
Therefore, there could still be some mistakes in this  piece of writing.
Please forgive me for this.

To read this article in French, just click HERE.

Juliette has the power to kill with a single touch. 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. But maybe Juliette is more that a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she's exactly what they need right now. 

Holly cow! Now THIS is dystopia! 
Finally, here's a book dreary enough to make the reader feel uncomfortable, here's a heroine insane and feeling guilty enough to deeply move those who take a keen interest in her story. This novel is just some kind of bomb, a bundle of dynamite sticks of which the wick remained lighted until the very last pages, before violently exploding.

The first pages are just written in an exciting wretched way. The reader is introduced to the lonesome Juliette, who makes them go further in the meanders of her memory every page. Slowly, we can learn more and more about her pieces of remembrance, which are just full of humiliation, remorse, infamy and contempt. But this is not enough. Juliette has also a low opinion of herself and she shares this feeling so well, that this is likely to become contagious. She's completely alone, rejected from society, locked up in a grey cold cell, because of some kind of gift she cannot understand and about which she knows nothing. Juliette is hurt and the reader is suffering with her.

For some chapters, we can only find psychologic torture, hurting memories and abandon feeling... It's pretty thought-provoking, but it's really intoxicating! Then, action comes up and you'll have to hold your breath and prepare to run or fight the ennemy.

Perhaps it's frustrating for you that I don't say much about the story itself, but believe me, it would be even more frustrating if I told you more about it. The strength of this novel is that everything is unexpected. Where would be the sense in that if this everything were... well... expected?

Just a little thing that I didn't really appreciate: How much honey! How much sweet! How much cotton candy! Juliette is in love and she makes the reader aware of it, and just too often for me, if you ask. Expressing your feeling for someone you are totally fond of is okay, but using three pages every two chapters to do so, hell no! Sometimes, it was so irritating that I felt like skipping some passages. But luckily, the plot is intense enough to keep on reading in spite of that dripping love.

This novel is powerful, the characters are incredible, the story astonishing... It just really made me jump! Truth be told, probably the best dystopia I've read so far!

◆ Terrific ! 

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