"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. Strange things. Bad things.
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.
©2011 Tahereh Mafi (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers
Again....If I would have listened to all of the negative reviews I read for this book, I would never have listened to it. I have never been so GLAD that I ignored them. I found this book to be refreshing....A slow start, but about an hour into it, I could not stop listening. If you aren't into expressive writing and the use if imagery to describe all five senses, then this book is not for you. For instance the description of "rain" isn't just the falling of droplets in this book.......It's.......Something Else.......beautiful perhaps. It has been a long time since I have been able to see everything described in a book based off of the authors words. The narration was beautiful.....I cried....I cried a lot.....I cannot wait to listen to the next in the series. I wish audible would make the Novella "Destroy Me" available too! It's like X-men meets The Hunger Games........WONDERFUL!!
At first it was the "scratch out" noises that sounded like nails on a chalkboard.
Then there was an entire 2 minutes where all Juliet says is "I am not insane."
It is enough to drive anyone towards the edge.
Sadly, the writing technique was too flowery. The author tries too hard to make the prose sound elegant and romantic. In the end all that accomplished was annoying the listener/reader.
The plot was predictable and the twists that were thrown in there were too out of the blue or too quickly and easily resolved.
Some of the metaphors did not even make sense and seemed like they were thrown in there to pretty up the prose. Which it did not.
And how does the protag go from being an independent girl that has been shunned her entire life to a needy pathetic girl that suddenly views a boy as her entire world. This isn't Twilight.
Nothing happened until we hit Chapter 8. Even then, there would be some hints at what could have been a great story, only to be bogged down by the exaggerated prose and the insane narrator.
It was honestly a waste of time. I didn't want to listen to the book after 10 minutes into it. But I had paid $17 and I had a long drive.
Stop being so repetitive. We get the symbolism. We got it the first 20 times she talked about the bird. And the fact that the protag doesn't realize that symbolism until the end is just ridiculous. Key words are constantly overused and abused.
The writing was disjointed and certain plot points exaggerated.
I have no complaints about Ms Simses's performance. She took a lackluster plot and character and tried to breath some life into it. But you can't breath life into something that was never alive to begin with.
Annoyance and aggravation. I must have rolled my eyes at least 50x
Perhaps this is not a book suited for audible. Or so I thought until I read the other reviews on Amazon. Apparently, either way, if you know anything at all about what constitutes a decent book, it was a disappointing waste of time and money.
Was it worth it?
Sad to say, No.
It was a waste of time and money, and the only reason I would READ the second book is to see if Adam is (suddenly out of the blue), "gifted."
Check out the Trylle series, Cinder, Legend or Graceling instead.
Love to read, and love to hear a book read to me.
I can see why people like this book - there's some compelling stuff here. But it gets rather buried in the book's flaws.
A major one is that the book starts out as one thing and becomes something else, and not in a good way; more in way that suggests the author was making it up as she went along and didn't quite know where she wanted to go (and she needed a much better editor). And the X-Men parallels in the second half just make the whole thing seem derivative, even though it started out pretty fresh and original.
Another major flaw is that the main character, Juliette, isn't very appealing. After spending a few hundred pages with her, you're really longing for a kick ass character like Katniss. Three quarters of the way through, I was just trying to finish it so I could read something else. I certainly won't bother with the sequel.
Despite my disappointment, I must admit that it would make a great movie, especially since Juliette's endless interior monologue would have to be jettisoned for the screen.
The reader was terrific, better than the material.
I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
It was AWESOME! I couldn't put it down....Tahereh Mafi is going on my favorite author list!
When Juliette finds out she can touch Adam...she feels alive again...she deserved it!
I love Kate...she has such a soothing sweet voice and her acting ability is incredible!
This would be a fascinating movie,,, Her touch is deadly, her love eternal!
This book put me through a huge range of emotions, it was quite the racy love story for a YA novel...and I couldn't put it down...I loved everything about it, and am reading book 2 immediately! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I didn't read the book. Audio is the only way I go.
I like her inturnal struggle with touching people.
She does a great character change
Loved the end.
A less lyrical style. The author has a metaphor for every occasion- and while some of them sound pretty, most of them make no sense whatsoever. I would bet that she used at least five metaphors on every page. It ended up sounding like a 13 year old girl's fan fiction.
I despise nothing more than a weak heroine! If you loved Bella from Twilight, then you will love Juliette. She derives all of her self-worth from her boyfriend, and does nothing but whine and act like a kicked dog.
I normally love Kate Simses- she was a fabulous narrator for the Matched series. In this case however, her voice was too immature. Her voice lends itself well to the dreamy, lyrical style of writing, but it's just not believable that Juliette has been in prison for almost a year.
It ended. Other than that, no. I would have returned it, but I bought this a year before I ended up listening to it. At least I got it in a 5.95 sale...
The scratch-out sounds when Juliette is writing in the diary are distracting. Also, listening to an entire page of Juliette writing over and over, "I am not insane. I am not insane, I am not insane, iam not insane, I am NOT insane" was absolutely obnoxious.
The story of this book kept me hooked, but the overuse of literary devices for every description drives me crazy. Every little detail becomes something personified or a metaphor or an overly dramatic hyperbole. This drives me crazy but I am/was interested in the story and ended up going back for the sequel...
I think the narrator probably did a good job but definitely adds a layer of drama to the already thick writing I spoke about above. Doesn't help my annoyance at that point but isn't really the narrator's fault.
I would eliminate the pen scratch across the paper after the main character weites in her book. It is annoying and distracting to the story.
The story was very engaging and well written.
The narration was great. At firat it was hard to differentiate between
Whatthe character was sayin versus thinking but she did
A fantastic job with all the characters and storyline.
No i think the ending left the reader satisfied without wrapping up every little thing.
It was just enough.
I actually really liked the weird scratching sound -- as if she were scratching out her own thoughts with her pencil. It got less and less throughout the book, which seemed appropriate, but might have happened a touch too fast for my taste.
I really enjoyed her initial fixation on the bird in flight. I don't know what the significance is, and I'm a little afraid to find out, but her focus on the bird stuck with me.
I definitely enjoyed her shooting of the bad guy with his own gun. Not enough heroines take advantage of situations like that.
The below is a critique of things I did not like about this book. In spite of that, however, I DID enjoy it all the way through, and I will be getting the second one. POSSIBLE SPOILERS BELOW!I loved the first third of this book. I was definitely okay with the second third. The final third...devolved into X-Men fanfiction, as far as I can tell. Not that I'm averse to fanfiction -- I write some myself that I hope to make original enough for publication one day. But it seems to me that our heroine is obviously Rogue, and the leader of the resistance moves things with his mind.... Also, if she's spent her whole life not touching people, you'd think that picking up a toddler would NOT be her first instinct. WHY did her parents not arm her with gloves immediately? Why is a zippered jumpsuit in shiny purple fabric necessary, when it seems that a turtleneck and jeans would do? This is a dystopian society -- do they really have the time and resources in the resistance base to make up special jumpsuits for newcomers? Also, it bugs me a bit that we find out so quickly that both her love interest AND her stalker are immune to her. I hope we find that a few other people are immune too -- that would make them less coincidentally special. I guess what bothers me most is that I completely did not see the end of this book coming. I mean, we start out in a dystopian mental institution, and we get a great feel for the brokeness of the society from there. Our heroine, while she might not have been crazy to start, is clearly headed in that direction. Then, all of the sudden, we discover she's wanted as a weapon by this twisted-tin-god-dictator-guy. Okay, fine, she doesn't want to hurt anyone, but she has to play along or her sudden love interest will get hurt. I can roll with this. And the next sequence makes sense too. Heck, even being taken to a rebellion place makes sense from there! But then the whole tone of the book changes, and it's like "Welcome to the school of misfits, where you will feel at home for the first time ever!" I grant that she did resist trusting for a bit, but the whole tone of the book changes, and it left me a little confused and disappointed.All that aside, I still recommend this book. The initial voice is unique and fabulous. The rest of the story is certainly entertaining, and the world setup is relatively convincing. Overall, decent story telling.
This was almost the worst audiobook experience that I have endured. It certainly is the worst one that I forced myself to finish.
I won't try the next one in the series.
The repeats over and over along with the buzzing/hissing was distracting at first, then annoying and certainly served no purpose(for me) other than detract from my possible enjoyment, if any.
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