My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
My Summary: Juliette has been a freak for her entire life. After being born with the ability to seriously injure or kill with just a touch, she spent her life avoiding human contact. After a horrible accident when she's 14, she's taken away from her family and locked up.
At 17, Juliette is living in a 8 by 10 concrete cell with nothing but a notebook and a broken pen for company. After 264 days of isolation, the amazing occurs: she gets a cell mate. The arrival of this cell mate spurs a chain reaction that leads Juliette away from everything she thought she knew and into a world where her curse is actually discovered to be an extremely valuable gift. My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this novel! It definitely wasn't like anything else I've read in a while, and the characters were really interesting. I really enjoyed the view of Juliette's life of solitude and getting to see her thoughts - it really helped the reader connect with her. The author really got the feeling of solitude and loneliness across to the reader, making it feel edgy and gritty (which I love). I really liked the way the author described the dystopian society: she helped us see it through the eyes of the main character instead of just describing it to us.
I also really liked the whole element of gift vs. curse, and the responsibilities of being born with an ability like Juliette's - it added an extra layer to the book that made it feel like more than just another dystopian novel.
Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed this one; I recommend it to anyone who enjoys dystopian YA, paranormal YA, and romance. Can't wait to see how the rest of the series will turn out!