When we last left off with Juliette in the first book, she has escaped from Warner and has taken sanctuary at Omega Point, a place where others with special powers are taught to train and hone their skills. When Castle, the leader of Omega Point assigns Kenji to help train Juliette, she begins to crawl out of her shell and attempt to accept her dangerous powers. With the pressure on her to figure it out as the war with the Reestablishment is looming, Juliette struggles with the fact that her powers could make her a monster… or a very powerful weapon. Omega Point isn’t the only one who sees her potential and Juliette encounters Warner, who is willing to convince her by any means that she should join his side instead.
Okay, before I get the outraged screams from fans on why I didn’t give it 5 stars, hear me out. I love Tahereh Mafi and I love love love her writing. 4.5 stars is still a really good rating. For me, I felt the first half of the book a little tough to get through. There was just so much whining and self pity that I was tired of reading it. I knew this book was going to be epic, and the more I kept reading the more I was thankfully proven right. I absolutely get that it’s not the writing that is whiny, it’s completely the character and Mafi does an amazing job at depicting the angst and confusion from this seventeen-year-old girl. Oh, and don’t forget the hormones because boy are those evident in this sequel!
I really loved the character development from all angles. Not only does Mafi further expand on the stories of Juliette, Adam and Warner but we get more personality and interaction with the others in Omega Point as well. I absolutely loved all the meal-time conversations between the guys and the camaraderie among all those with special skills. Twists and turns were aplenty and while I found Juliette’s self-pitying a bit tiresome in the beginning, the rest of the book is definitely the page-turner. The much talked-about -chapter sixty two- lives up to the online excitement and the ending leaves me with such a love/hate feeling: LOVED it but HATE that that’s how it’s left off until the 3rd book!
As a side note, I completely kept picturing Draco Malfoy every time Warner was on the page. Blonde hair, bad boy… if not for the fear of being typecast, Tom Felton would be such a good Warner if there was ever to be a screen adaptation of this series. Just sayin’. 😉