My touch is lethal. My touch is power.

shatterI 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. (Synopsis taken from Goodreads)

This was a book recommendation from a friend that I completely forgot about until I ran into the first one at the library. Curious, I picked it up.

It has quite an interesting style. It has crossed out passages,like Juliette is writing it herself. Case in point the synopsis…the book is full of passages like that, and while it does seem to like it would get boring after a while, it actually makes it more interesting. But it’s littered with crazy metaphors, and seems to kind of dip and teeter.

It’s also an X-Men rip-off. It would be different if it was a super power that’s a little more common (weather control, animal mimicry, or even a healing factor), but you hear about her power, and you instantly think “Rogue”. And the plot is super fluffy, and Juliette, while cool and slightly unstable, tends to ramble on about feels and scenery. It’s a bit too…fluffy.

But I liked her romance with Adam. There was an attraction, but they didn’t launch themselves at each other the second they noticed each other. There was a secret attraction and nose-dives and goes over bumps before they finally kiss. It was different than the typical YA-romance because it wasn’t angst-filled and NO LOVE TRIANGLE. OH, WHAT A RELIEF.

Basically, while this book wasn’t the best in the world, I still want to find out what happens next.

★★★

Three Stars

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