Synopsis: 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.
Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Young Adult, Romance
Cover: I am obsessed with these new covers for this series. The picture of the eye is so incredibly made and is so interesting. I love how there are lifeless trees made to look like Juliette’s eyelashes, symbolizing the wilting nature around her in this futuristic society. This cover is so unique with the ability to draw in readers by its beautiful photo that is far from the usual cheesy book covers.
My thoughts: This was a story about a girl named Juliette whose touch had the power to kill people. She got put into an asylum because he parents didn’t want to deal with her abilities. In the asylum, she hasn’t spoken or touched anyone in 264 days. That was until she got a roommate named Adam. She eventually opened up to him and began to finally have a friend when she found out that Adam really was a soldier for the Reestablishment. The Reestablishment was an organization set on starting society over again with the help of using Juliette as a weapon in the impending war.
The head of Sector 45 of the Reestablishment, Warner, requested that Juliette would live in Sector 45 so he could teach her how to use her abilities as a weapon. As she is forced to constantly shadow the cruel and powerful Warner, she slowly became closer to Adam who was impossibly sweet and caring. Juliette and Adam eventually learned they went to school with each other where he was basically her only friend considering her touch was lethal. As they progressed in their growing trust for each other, Adam and Juliette found out that he could touch her without consequence. Their romance budded instantly and eventually they had the idea of going against the Reestablishment and Warner who tortured Juliette with her own insecurities over her powers.
This was those type of stories that kept me up at night until 2 AM, eyes burning, refusing to allow the simple act of sleeping to ruin the fluidity of this book. This story never had a dull moment. I was glued to the pages of the book from learning about Juliette’s powers, to seeing her open up to Adam, to meeting Warner, and eventually to how the book ended in the perfect cliff hanger. The book was written kind of in an interesting form of a journal that Juliette was keeping, with some thoughts she didn’t want to admit were crossed out. Reading about Juliette’s insecurities from the cruelty she had to live through because of her uniqueness was so heartbreaking to read. But reading Adam who helped her learn to accept herself was so refreshing. He loved her fiercely in a way that made me want to devour this book until I was finished. There were endless plot twists that kept me from ever putting down this dystopian book. I especially loved meeting Kenji, a fellow sarcastic friend who assisted them in the end of the book to get away from Warner. Tahereh Mafi wrote this book beautifully. Some of the lines in Juliette’s narrative was so poetic, inspiring, and flawless. The scenes weren’t rushed and the entire novel flowed easily like water. I highly recommend this addictive read that sets you up for a remarkable trilogy about love, war, and learning to accept yourself. I can’t think of one thing wrong with this novel that I became obsessed with overnight, literally.