By Tahereh Mafi
I have a curse
I have a gift
I am a monster
I’m more than human
My touch is lethal
My touch is power
I am their weapon
I will fight back
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.
This was a book I’ve been wanting to read for awhile after hearing lots of great things about it.
It definitely has a unique writing style that isn’t for everyone. You can see a sample of it in above. The crossed out words is only part of it. This book is full of angst. So much angst. With a capital A. But I also couldn’t quit reading.
So I should also mention this book has a pretty typical teenage angsty romance to go along with it. A love triangle in fact. But what makes it interesting is that one of those people in the love triangle is a just a terrible, slimy person. Incredibly loathsome. So that’s new.
And of course, I loved the super-human elements of this and the dystopian world. But that’s kind of a given for me.
Don’t want to spoil too much. In my opinion, what makes this book awesome is all the questions it raises right at the outset and kind of answers.