By: Tahereh Mafi
Normally, I don’t go for stream-of-consciousness pieces, but MAN this novel proves that it can be done to great effect! The narrator, Juliette, is basically Rouge from the X-Men, she absorbs people’s life essence when she touches them. The difference is that with Juliette it doesn’t wear off. If she touches someone too long, it will kill them. Hey, I’ve got some people I’d like you to meet!
The diary style, stream-of-consciousness of the story really let you get into the protagonist’s head, which was great since she is very quiet and lived alone for so long. I was expecting a twist or betrayal toward the end, but I guess people really are just sticking their necks out for her because she’s the protagonist and they know there are two more books coming?
This novel is more of a romance in a diplopia setting. but that’s fine by me. There is enough action to keep my interest and I found myself connecting with Juliette. If you don’t get into Juliette’s head, put this book down, it’s not going to get better for you. This book and its style are not for everyone.