***Warning- This review contains spoilers so if you haven’t read this novel and don’t wish to be spoiled please just read the synopsis***
synopsis taken from goodreads.com
**”You can’t touch me,” I whisper.
I’m lying, is what I don’t tell him.
He can touch me, is what I’ll never tell him.
But things happen when people touch me.
No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon.
But Juliette has plans of her own.
After a lifetime without freedom, she’s finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she’d lost forever.**
This novel is finally being published in the UK!! Thank you to Netgalley and Egmont Publishing for a review copy of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
I’ve heard so many positive things about this book & I was really excited to finally read it. Even with all these glowing reviews online I went into this narrative blind, only knowing it was classed as a dystopian YA novel.
This story follows 17-year old Juliette who cannot touch or be touched by other people, When others do come into contact with her skin they are overcome with extreme pain, its pretty much torture for some and fatal for others. (This gave me major rogue from x-men vibes).
Then we are introduced to Adam, he joins Juliette in her cell at the asylum and at the beginning of the story is very much an enigma. We gradually learn that the pair know each other from childhood and before the reestablishment took over power. I quite enjoyed Adam’s character but found him a little predictable at times.
I’m not the biggest romance fan, and often find the love story lines in YA to be unrealistic and unbelievable. This was no exception. I found the connection between Juliette and Adam very insta-love, even when Mafi filled in the history between the two. How can you be in love with someone you’ve never had a conversation with??
Tahereh’s writing in this novel was a breath of fresh air! I found her descriptions captivating, and especially loved the way she gave us a sense of how fragmented Juliette’s mind had become in the asylum with her repetition.
The figurehead for the representation of the reestablishment in sector 45 that we meet so far in this first instalment was fascinating, I am a fan of a good villain with a little psychopathy on show and Warner provided this for me. The story progressed at a quick pace and this was a quick read for me. I inhaled this novel and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the read. 4/5 star rating from me! Definitely recommend picking this one up.