Honestly I don’t have a lot to say about this book because I didn’t dislike it, but it fell kind of flat for me.
One thing I liked was Juliette. She had a strong moral compass and a lot of feistiness. I can’t even say I would’ve blamed her for caving in to what Warner was offering, but she was strong-willed. And she did what she had to in order to survive and save others (not in a bad way, she didn’t compromise her morals, she just kept her priorities straight).
But the thing is, even though I liked her, I didn’t connect with her, or any of the characters. None of them seemed that developed, and they seemed kind of like every other tragic-backstory YA character I’ve read about…
…Except maybe Warner. I found him to be quite the interesting villain. He seemed pretty mentally unhinged, and that was what made him so interesting. I actually kind of almost felt bad for him. I think he truly believed everything he was saying to Juliette about treating her right, giving her a better life, helping her, etc. And he was obsessed with her, thinking he was in love with her and that one day she’d come around and love him back. Of course that doesn’t excuse his actions, it just makes him a villain that gives me confusing, conflicting feelings :-P
Then there was the romance. It wasn’t entirely unbelievable, but it wasn’t entirely believable either. *MINOR SPOILER* Basically they fell in love before they ever even spoke to each other, but at least their love was based on the kindness they saw in each other rather than just physical appearances or something. *END SPOILER*
As for the plot, it also wasn’t bad, no plot holes that I noticed or anything, but it felt a bit meander-y. I wasn’t sure what we were heading toward.
Overall it wasn’t bad, but I think it just wasn’t quite what I was expecting and was a little more typical YA dystopian than I wanted.
Anyone who likes YA dystopia with imperfect characters, relationship drama, kickass female MCs, and twisty revelations.
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.