Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (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.
I think I fell in love while I was reading this book. Juliette was awesome in a strange way. She totally had some issues going on, but that is understandable seeings as how she has spent the last 264 days in isolation. No one has touched her, or even really spoken to her. One day she is informed that she is getting a room mate cell mate. She spends quite a lot of time being paranoid and wary of this room mate cell mate. There is so much to this book, twists, turns and romance. I loved Juliette's voice, and Tahereh's writing is addictive. I never knew what to expect from this book, even while reading it things happened that I didn't expect. Juliette was an extremely complex character, and her "relationships" were equally as complex.
This was one of my top books of 2011. If you haven't already read this do yourself a favor and go read it, like now. I give this one 5 stars!