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.
I got this book at my school library. I've heard so many good things about this book and really wanted to see how it was for myself. When I first heard of this book I honestly thought it sounded a lot like X-Men. :P
We are first introduced to Juliette in an insane asylum. She has unique powers. When she touches someone, she essentially sucks the life out of them. Because of this, she is locked up. We then are introduced to Juliette's new "cellmate", Adam. She is very reluctant towards him, he doesn't know what she can do. We also get introduced to the fairly recent government change. Something called the reestablishment has taken over. And Adam is a soldier for them.
Soon after Adam's arrival, Juliette is taken from the asylum by a young soldier, Warner. Warner has been studying Juliette for years and is creepily obsessed with her. He wants her to use her special powers for torture on behalf of the reestablishment. She is determined to get out- and Adam wants to help her.
I appreciate that Juliette sticks to her beliefs even when tempted by Warner.
Here are some quotes I enjoyed:
"I've wanted to kiss you for so long." His voice is husky, uneven, deep in my ear.
I'm frozen in anticipation in expectation and I'm so worried he'll kiss me, so worried he won't. I'm staring at his lips and I don't realize how close we are until we're pulled apart."
"I'm 14 years old again and I'm staring at the back of his head in a small classroom. I'm 14 years old and I've been in love with Adam Kent for years. I made sure to be extra careful, to be extra quiet, to be extra cooperative because I didn't want to move away again. I didn't want to leave the school with the one friendly face I'd ever known. I watched him grow up a little more every day, grow a little taller every day, a little stronger, a little tougher, a little more quiet every day."
After Juliette is taken and forced to assist the reestablishment, everything became super confusing. One moment something was going on and the next moment the opposite was happening. I enjoyed the first half of the book but the second half and the ending didn't make any sense to me at all. I will continue the series in hope that it will get better but I think this book definitely didn't meet my expectations. Overall, I think different people will enjoy it differently. Just because I didn't love this book, doesn't mean you won't. So, give it a chance.
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Empire of Storms
by Sarah J. Maas
Goodreads 2017: 46/100
JLA all books: 23/47
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