DATE PUBLISHED: 15th November 2011

PAGES: 338



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.



A dark, futuristic, dystopian world is highlighted by one girls journey as people want to use her as a weapon. This world Teherah Mafi has created is dark and dank and creates an atmosphere for a character journey as she fights against the system who would use her as a weapon if she gives into their demands.

The reader sees Juliette at extraordinarily low points as she is locked up, manipulated and does not know who to trust. She stands by her convictions about right and wrong and fights the system that would use her. This puts her in league with other dystopian characters such as Katniss and Tris.

The two male characters Warner and Adam are a juxtaposition of each other as light and dark… good and evil. I am curious as to the motivations of these characters. Adam’s backstory has been explained through Shatter Me but Warner remains in shadows. Is Warner as evil as he appears at first glance?

This is a great start to a new series and I am intrigued to see how this pans out in the continuation of the series. I am enjoying Juliette as a character. A dark and gritty dystopian novel.



Keep Calm and Read On,



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