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.
Holy. Mother. Of. Pearl.
I loved this book!
When I started reading, the first thought that came to mind was WEIRD. It really was strange at first. Juliette's thoughts were often in run-on sentences with very little punctuation and she had a bit of an obsession with counting. It didn't take long to get used to though and it tapered off throughout the book anyway.
One of the things I absolutely loved about this book was how quickly a potential love interest was introduced. I hate when I invest time in a book and it takes 100 pages to even hint at a love interest. Luckily, that wasn't the case this time. Another thing I love is short chapters. For me, short chapters equal just one more chapter thoughts when I read. Which, generally, turns into about 10 more chapters. Smaller chapters made this book SO MUCH HARDER to put down (That, along with the great romance, of course!). Which is saying something, since it was already pretty tough to close. :)
My only real complaint about this book is the ending. I felt like nothing really got resolved, and while the book was at a good stopping place, not a whole lot actually happened in the story. It was a bit like a great build-up to a whole-lotta-nothin'. I'm anxious for the next book in the series--which is about a year away still. How many times must I say I HATE WAITING!! I am the least patient person alive. Woe is me. Now go read this so I'm not alone in my torturous waiting.
P.S. I really can't end without mentioning the cover. Gorgeous!
P.P.S. Here's the book trailer , plus you can read the first chapter on Tahereh Mafi's site ( Click Here ) and go to Synopsis. There's a bubble that says "Read the First Chapter". Click there. You'll be glad you did.