This was my matchmaker's pick for My Fair Book Date, hosted by Amber at Down The Rabbit Hole and Jazmin at Books!!!!!!. According to my matchmaker, they chose this one for me because:
It's a cross between The Hunger Games and "X-Men."
It's got a rockin' cover.
It's got beautiful prose.
(Evidence: "Hope is hugging me, holding me in its arms, wiping away my tears and telling me that today and tomorrow and two days from now I will be just fine and I'm so delirious I actually dare to believe it.")
Who WOULDN'T want to read this book?"
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. (Goodreads)
The book blurb mentions the X-Men, and Juliette did remind me a little of Rogue in that she couldn't touch anyone without consequences. What an idea! Can you imagine never being able to touch or be touched? What a horrifying thought! I was amazed that Juliette did not lose her mind, especially after being locked in solitary confinement for several years.
This was not a quick read for me, and I even put it down at one point. I'm not really sure what to make of the story, as it starts out one way, takes a strange turn, then ends up someplace completely different.
We start off with Juliette in prison. We slowly learn that the world is not in good shape and that an organization called The Reestablishment has taken over, promising to save society.
Adam, a boy she knew in grade school, is thrown into the cell with her within the first chapter. She remembers him, but doesn't think he remembers her. I didn't really "get" their relationship. Don't want to say more in case I accidentally spill the beans, but I didn't think it was believable.
The author's writing style took a little getting used to, as she utilizes a
I started out liking Juliette, but it did annoy me that she was described as beautiful. How can a person be beautiful after being locked in solitary confinement for who knows how many years, having limited access to basic hygiene? And why can't a main character ever be plain or just pretty? This is one of my pet peeves with YA....
Part one of the story, in the prison, was interesting. Part two wasn't bad, but I didn't really buy Warner's fascination with her. And part three became unbelievable and it was almost like it belonged to an entirely different story.
Despite the confusion, I did ultimately like the story. Gave it a 3/5 as the writing wasn't bad, and I admired what I think the author was trying to accomplish. I'm assuming there will be a sequel as the ending seemed like a set-up for book two. I know that this one has received mixed reviews, so please let me know what you thought if you've read it!