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
This series has been recommended to me for quite some time now, and like every other time this happens, I’m annoyed that I waited so long to start it. Mafi has a style completely her own–and while it did take me a minute to grasp that writing (the more run-on structure, lack of commas, lots of cross-outs), once I was in, I was in.
Told from the POV of Juliette, who’s currently in an asylum, not having touched–or spoken to–anyone in 264 days. The last time she touched someone, she killed him. And that’s why we meet her where we do.
But suddenly, she has a roommate, a boy she remembers from her pre-asylum days, one who she’d never be abel to forget–Adam Kent. But why doesn’t he remember her. We soon find out that Adam is sent by his boss, Warner, leader of this sector of The Reestablishment, to learn what he can about Juliette. What unfolds is exciting, addictive, intense, and told amazingly.
Mafi’s storytelling ability is fantastic. She weaves so much into what you’re reading, you can’t help but put yourself directly in line with the characters’ lives. I felt everything Juliette was going through, and lived it as it happened to her. The imagery and language that Mafi uses is ridiculous. I’m big into authors who can take mundane actions, simple things, and make them feel and seem so interesting. This was the case for this read. Everything was intentional.
For all they went through in the Shatter Me, I know this is just the beginning for Juliette, Adam, and Warner, and I really can’t wait to see where Mafi takes us.