*All reviews I write are spoiler free*
I’m finally continuing this series! Or at least I’ve finally read the second book. Because knowing me it’ll take me a while to pick up the next one. But anyway, that’s not the point.
Let’s talk about Unravel Me!
Title: Unravel Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: Harper Collins
Series Status: The 2nd book in the Shatter Me trilogy
Number of Pages: 461
(Found on back cover. View different edition on Goodreads)
WARNING: Since this is the 2nd book in a series, this synopsis may contain spoilers for the 1st book. If you haven’t read the 1st book, skip ahead to the review!
Juliette has escape from The Reestablishment. Now she’s free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch. Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible. Haunted by her past and terrified of her future, Juliette knows that she will have to make some life changing choices. Choices that may involve her choosing between her heart – and Adam’s life.
The first thing I remember thinking when I started the book was that I was SO glad the familiarity was there.
When reading Shatter Me, I loved the writing most of all. How our main character Juliette sometimes goes on rambles and you can see her thoughts reeling, spiraling almost into what feels like insanity. Because I’m sure we all know that feeling when I thoughts just won’t stop. And the strikeouts. How we can see Juliette correct herself and try to control her thoughts. I loved it before, and I love it even more now.
And again, like in the review for Shatter Me, I HAVE to mention how much I adore Tahereh Mafi’s writing style. She just has this way of weaving words together to make everything seem that little bit more special.
“On the darkest days you have to search for a spot of brightness, on the coldest days you have to seek out a spot of warmth; on the bleakest days you have to keep your eyes onward and upward and on the saddest days you have to leave them open to let them cry. To then let them dry. To give them a chance to wash out the pain in order to see fresh and clear once again.”
So for the actual plot, the X-men feeling continues. Which I personally enjoy, because I love X-men. It was full of action, and you get to know more about what happened to the outside world. All the way through I felt oblivious the world outside the walls, like Juliette, so gradually seeing peeks at what happened seemed rewarding. All the action seems to kick start in this book, so more problems are introduced as the story is built up.
And let me tell you, there are plenty of twists in this book.
And I did not expect any of them.
One minute the story would be doing it’s thing then BAM something threw it off. And even before everything settled again from the last hit BAM something else would come along and everything would descend into chaos. I was just wide-eyed throughout, really. All the twists to me just seemed really unexpected.
Now, I did have one issue with this book.
The dreaded love triangle.
Because there seemed to be a love triangle blooming in this book, and I wasn’t eager about it at all.
Don’t get me wrong, it was written into the story quite well. I just didn’t want it to happen and reckon I’d have enjoyed the book more without it. Because every time I got to a love triangle related scene I’d just be thinking “please stop”. Though fans have said to me that they don’t talk about the love triangle, so it’s making me wonder what happens with it, at least.
Juliette’s development through the book is incredible. She goes from having rocky emotions and little confidence to gradually believing in herself and becoming independent. And there are so many reasons for her to become a bad person, yet she refuses to. And I love her for that.
This was a quick read and quite addicting once you dive in. It’s hard not to become tangled in the story, when so much is going on. Especially when you’re seeing the world through Juliette’s words. And while I thought the ending was a bit abrupt, it definitely leaves me wondering what on earth will happen next.
(Though I saw a pretty big spoiler earlier, so I know at least one of the things that happen. Ugh.)
Rated 3.5/5 stars
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