Author: Tahereh Mafi
Length: 340 pages
Publisher: Harper Teen
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. -Goodreads
O.K. Damn it! I have tried and failed to write this review the way that I usually do.
This is going to be one of the personal ones!
Tahereh Mafi...I Love You!!
I could spend time rehashing bits and pieces of the story for you, but that is what the synopsis is for.
This has to the most exquisitely expressed tale that I have read in quite some time.
The writing style employed by Mafi is one of lyrically poetic turns of phrase and descriptions so vivid that they become tangible in one's mind.
The characters found within this read have an inner strength and zest for life that in no way negates the fact that they are flawed, afraid. or even emotionally broken.
Juliette is a bloom in the ashes. A girl who though doomed to a life of scorn, judgement, and isolation is still able to not only hold on to her humanity, but to empathize with and even protect those who shun her.
Her character is written in such a way her compassion, frailty, and and fear become her greatest strengths.
Adam, that perfect blend of smart, sexy, stoic, and passionate. He is a man who is willing to put himself on the line for those that he loves. What sets him apart from most "bleading heart romeos" however, is his ability to temper his passion with meticulous planning, stealth, and cunning.
Warner, psychosis personified. He is mean, demented, a bully, a killer, and a product of his environment.
He need to control, dominate, and if need be destroy Juliette, makes him mot only the perfect villain, but the utter antithesis of Adam.
When the mental, physical, and emotional fight to survive demonstrated by each of the players in this saga is paired with the destruction, desperation, and desolation of its setting; what you have is in short...literary nirvana!