The story is told through the perspective of a teenager named Juliette who hasn't looked at her face in the mirror for three years, scared of what she'll see. No she's not a zit face, I think, but either way, her whole body fills her with shame. Her touch is lethal. Her touch kills. Then one day, she meets a face, talks to him, utilizes the alphabet, for the first time in so long, telling her two things: that this boy has paid attention to her for so long and that she's wanted to try to cleanse the world with controllable weather from The Reestablishment. At first, I was a little unexcited seeing as this looked to be another corrupt government, but it actually added a twisty question to the general affair.
Something that grabbed my attention right away is how it starts off in prison, and not just when the key is freshly thrown. Oh, no. It takes place months after Juliette Ferrars's first incarceration. This gives a harsh and engulfing feel to the book right away, almost like she is a suffragette or something. The fact that it drops you right into events gives the whole book a sort of quick-read feel.
Now, when it comes to the writing, it's a sometimes-amazing sometimes-awful experience. When it's awful is when the romance comes up. In case you're tired of me complaining about romance in books, I'm sorry, but hey! Runaway and Winter have awesome romance and this book sometimes utilizes its romance for the good. One example is when Adam tells these heartwarming stories of how fond he is and was of Juliette, which is more than just flirting, and some of the things he says I shan't forget anytime soon. Sometimes it's when one wants to get too close when things get off road, basically every time the word "touch" is mentioned, which makes for some double entendres of actions and phrases: "I just want to take a bite right out of you." It sort of hints at being Grey entertainment. :(! When it's good however, (and I always mention the good last if I write a positive review) it's mesmerizing, especially whenever the book crosses out words, something I've never read in a book before. They either give moments of denial, letting us examine the type of person Juliette is from our own point of view and laugh at moments when she realizes something's false, like she's unarmed and unprepared. Oh, wait, she isn't. It also brings up the subject of if Juliette should use this ability of hers to stand up for her. This was a subject in Alexander Gordon Smith's Death Sentence book, one of the twenty one four star approval books of mine, and the subject is not brought up as powerfully as that time, but I got the idea that Juliette could be tempted for revenge and hopefully this matter is touched upon more in the next two books.
There are several moments that make me close to not recommending this book, but somehow every flaw I can think of in this book has something good coming out of it. It was just enough to sign me up for Unravel Me.