Published by HarperCollins on October 2nd 2012
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Also by this author: Shatter Me
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.
I’m a little late to the party with this one, and am glad I picked it up finally when I had employee appreciation week at my Barnes and Noble store. This is a real gem. I really picked this up without knowing it was a dystopian novel, and was pleasantly surprised when it was.
The heroine in this is so terrified of herself at first it makes me sad. As she grows, I love her even more. She’s not an in-your-face I’m-independent-and-the-savior-of-this-gig heroine, she’s got a very balanced role with Adam. They aren’t fighting for love or something trivial like that; Adam’s brother’s life is at stake. Everyone’s lives are at stake. These two are a great duo and you root for them the whole way through.
Warner’s character PISSED me off so badly, but I also grew to realize about halfway through this that he genuinely believed the things he said and made people do were the right things to do. He was simply bigoted and I hated that I couldn’t completely hate him.
It’s hard these days, I feel, to come up with a new, fresh way to do YA dystopian, but I think Tahereh met the mark. I loved this and can’t wait to snag the rest of the series, and maybe post some eye makeup looks similar to the cover art! Let me know what you thought of this one and some of your favorite dystopian novels for me to check out. Happy reading!