|Date Released||15 November 2011|
So, I’ve been in a teensy little book slump recently for many reasons:
a) one used bookstore near me closed and another got a little burnt last year,
b) the Barnes and Noble near me is closing,
c) I just bought a cello so I’m broke, and
d) I’m finishing up my senior year and there’s been a lot of stuff going on.
However, I did find time to get this book (and the books after it) out from the library because this seemed too good to not read. And that assumption was accurate 🙂
Quick intro: Juliette was born with this power that means that anyone who touches her experiences extreme pain and maybe death, so her parents send her to an insane asylum and forget about her and she’s stuck in solitary confinement with only her journal to keep her company. There’s a war going on outside the asylum and Juliette gets pulled in when she’s given a roomie named Adam and he gets her in trouble. This guy named Warner, who is not in the asylum, is super fascinated by Juliette but she hates him. Anything else I say would just be a spoiler, but I will spoil some of this book when I review the second book, which will happen. Soon.
To start with, I love how Mafi leaves Juliette’s, the narrator’s, censored thoughts in the book. It’s a really unique way of showing the character’s inner thoughts and impulses as well as her opinion of herself (example on the cover). It’s also important because it shows the differences between Juliette’s ideas and how society thinks that she should think/act. It was really interesting to see how time in solitary confinement and a whole life of people telling her she was an evil human bean affects Juliette.
The book definitely zooms in on Juliette (she’s the narrator and the story is told in her journal. Read the novellas to find out the other characters’ perspectives. They’re good, too 🙂 ), but she’s concerned enough about the other characters and the world around her that she definitely doesn’t seem self-centered or anything. Quite the opposite. Juliette turns out to be pretty brave, and she hates to hurt other people. She’s stronger than she realizes, which is always an interesting character to follow as they realize their power.
I would definitely recommend this series because of the unique narration style and the room Mafi gives the characters to grow in the next books. However, I’ll give this book a little less of a high rating because I’ve seen where the series goes and it gets even better.
Fino a domani,
I’ve been locked up for 264 days.
I have nothing but a small notebook and a broken pen and the numbers in my head to keep me company.
He’s wrong he’s so wrong he’s more wrong than an upside-down rainbow.
“Laughter comes from living.” I shrug, try to sound indifferent. “I’ve never really been alive before.”
1,320 seconds walk into the room before he does.
“We’re going to need your help. And I’m afraid we’re running out of time.”