3.5 stars – I really liked it, super enjoyable, just maybe lacking a little bit. It’s still a good read.
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
I had been told to read this book by everyone one and there imaginary best friend, so of course I went into it with huge expectation. Expectations that weren’t exactly met. Now that I think back on this book I think I would have enjoyed it a billion times more if I wasn’t comparing it to its hype the whole time.
The thing that stands out the most to me about this book is it’s incredible writing! It took me a while to get used to it, but once I got into the flow of Tahereh’s writing I pretty much fell in love. It’s extremely lyrical and verse like – it kind of makes Juliette sound crazy at times – but overall it is truly enchanting.
The moon is a loyal companion.
It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human.
Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.
I have very mixed feelings about Juliette. On one hand I’m like ‘she’s been treated like her existences is an abomination her entire life and I totally understand why she act’s all demur’ but on the other hand I can’t help but be like ‘IF YOU BLUSH ONE MORE TIME YOUNG LADY I’M GOING TO GIVE UP ON YOU FOREVER’. Like seriously she blushes maybe four times ever 30 pages. It got a tad ridiculous. Also, I hated how we are lead to think she’s all shy and unsure of herself but then out of what seems like nowhere she’ll throw sass?! It was just confusing and inconsistent. I did majorly enjoy her powers though! Is it twisted of me that I wanted to see them used more frequently?
When it comes to the dystopian world this book is set in, I feel like we didn’t get much of an explanation as to what happened and what’s going on now. I only barely understand who the Reestablishment is, but after that ending I’m starting to think we may get deeper explanations in the coming books.
And onto the boys!!! All I heard going into this book was Warner this, Warner that, but once Warner was introduced into the story all I had was a huge WTF????!!! To all the people who love him so much???? Maybe something changes in the coming books but I don’t see how I’m ever going to rout for him? He’s kind of incredibly disgusting! All you Warner lovers confuse the ever loving hell out of me! You wanna know who I do love? ADAM!!! OHH HOW I LOVE ADAM! He treats Juliette so damn well and the way he looks out for his younger brother!!! MY HEART JUST COULDN’T TAKE THE FEELS!
I had a really hard time enjoying the start of this book but the ending was so much more my speed. I’m so excited to see where the rest of the series goes!
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