HOW DID I WAIT SO LONG TO READ THIS? The cover [pretty girls in fancy dresses] threw me off for some untold reason.
Stop what you are reading and GO GET THIS BOOK.
Originality: 9+. Disillusioned with distopian YA novels? Not this one. This distopia is fresh ( if not very well fleshed out ) and the climate aspect is too believable.
Absurdity: 9+. High levels of unknown potential, powers, fancy dresses and insta-love. And a teenage girl who hasn't looked in a mirror for over three years?? That may be the most absurd part of this story, but again, she has been going through some tough family/personal/asylum times.
Paranormal Romance: 9+. I hate instalove but man I could not help it for this one. Adam? highly swoon worthy (though at times I debated his loyalties). lots of rippling muscles, long looks, and actually some pretty heavy petting that I was not about to say no to.
Level of Harry Potter-ness: 9+. The writing in this book was different, evocative, and full of great images and feelings, but conveyed in a way that didn't seem cliche in anyway. It felt like Juliette's thoughts, her confused, highly over stimulated teenage emotions and it was awesome. The strikethroughs? loved them as a technique for a teenagers confused and rapidly changing mind.
GO READ THIS BOOK. I hope that Tahereh can keep up the tone through the next book, if so, its going to be a great series. [NOTE- people on GoodReads straight up hate on this book, but man, I don't get it. You will have to decide for youself and as always, hater gonna hate.]