Date Read: June 13, 2014
Source: Purchased ebook
Publication Date: November 15, 2011
Genres: Young adult, dystopian, romance
Summary (taken from Goodreads):
I have a gift
I'm more than human
My touch is power
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.
Review: I adored this book. The writing style is different from anything I've read before and I loved it - I also loved that I was never bored throughout the book. It is paced very well.
I was rooting for Juliette the whole way through. I've read quite a few reviews where the reader has found her annoying, but I didn't see it at all. She was very strong after what she had been through and I thought she was a great character. It was so difficult to figure out who she could trust, which created a nice amount of suspense.
There are others who really grew on me as well. Adam took awhile, because I doubted his character a lot in the beginning, but I really loved him by the end. I grew attached to James right away, as well as some other side characters towards the end of the book.
One thing that did bother me was the ending - it felt slightly rushed. After everything Juliette had been through, I would have thought she'd take longer to make that final decision.
Either way, I definitely enjoyed this and am looking forward to the sequel!