Published by Harper Collins
Date Published: November 15, 2011
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 book is
I can’t can’t can’t recommend it enough. Okay, I’ll stop that. But I am 100% serious. Let me give you a play-by-play of my emotions whilst reading this book.
Page 1: Okay. I am certainly intrigued.
Page 3: Okay, I am REALLY intrigued.
Page 12: O_O
Page 20: I... I think I’m in love with the writing. (It really didn’t take me that long to feel that way, just by then I was so overwhelmed by the beauty of it.)
Page 42: I... I think I’m in love with Adam. (It really didn’t take me that long to feel that way, just by then I was so overwhelmed by the beauty of him.)
Page 48: Wait... WHAT?! From here until page 200, I tweeted nonsensical things involving random words being thrown together in order to form praise. (I think ‘holy amazemeat balls was my strangest.)
Now where to start? Maybe the characters?
Juliette EASILY makes one of my top favorite heroines EVER. There were so many moments where I wanted to jump through the pages and hug her for her amazingness. She is astoundingly tough and does NOT relent even though they have tried to break her for the past 264 days. Like WHOA. Especially her snarky conversations with Warner. Which brings me to Warner. Warner, you one crazy, uh, guy. I totally had my Ralph Fiennes in Schindler’s List moments with him, but in the end, I loved him. You know, in the way people like to watch as they drive by accident scenes or crazy speech-giver people on the street make fools of themselves.
Now we come to Adam. Adam Adam Adam. All I can really say is: page 183. If you want more, page 183-190. Just
Now, the writing. Have you read The Book Thief? If you have, you’ll understand this. If not, what is wrong with you?! (http://bit.ly/gJ0Qr4) This book uses literature, language and imagery like most people use air. It’s that kind of usage that made me want to write and cultivated my love for reading.
Here are some favorites: (yes, yes, I know I’m not supposed to quote directly from ARCs, but come on! This is AMAZING, PEOPLE!!! Love you, Harper!!) “I am nothing but novocaine. … I am a whisper that never was.” “I realize I’m paying attention to nothing but the dandelions blowing wishes in my lungs.” I’ll stop with two, but do you not see the beauty?! Okay one more, this one is a partial, but the complete WORD NERD in me had a freak out at “the lackadaisical ennui of a sun”. I believe that during my nonsensical tweeting stage, I said something along the lines of willing to make a sacrifice to heathen gods in order to be able to write like that. Take my exaggerations for what you will.
On November 15, you have a date. It’s at your local bookstore.
Relatedly, is it November 2012 yet?