Title: Unravel Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Genre: YA, romance, dystopia, fantasy
Series? Yes, Shatter Me #2
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: February 5, 2013
Synopsis from Goodreads: tick
time for war.
Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.
She’s finally free from The Reestablishment, 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.
In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam’s life.
Oodles of thank yous to Andi again for sending me this book – you’re the best!
When I finished Shatter Me, I was really afraid that Unravel Me would disappoint, just because of the way I thought it would go. And I think it half fulfilled that fear, but not really. I was happy that Juliette wasn’t the cause of my problems, though, since that was my main worry. And now I’m pretty darn sure that I actually do like Warner… Gosh darn it. Jasmine and Hazel? You were right. I’m sorry. I will forever bow down to you. Chapter 62. Damn.
Juliette: She failed me in the first half of the book – constantly whining and hating herself and pretty much collapsing every other page. I was really getting sick of her selfishness and pity parties, but then THANK GOD she pulled herself together and WHAM there was the strong and purposeful Juliette I had been searching for.
Adam: I’d like to kick this boy where it hurts so hard that any thought of children is erased from his list of possible futures. Seriously. GROW A SET DUDE. He’s just whining and complaining the entire way through, especially as far as the romance goes. It was like he was the whiny girl and Juliette was the one who knew what needed to be done in the moment. It was just really frustrating, and my least favorite part of the whole book.
Kenji: Can he seriously get any better? I love how complex and well developed Kenji is. He’s witty, snarky, and yet there’s such a depth to him and a seriousness that emerges in the most important moments. He can see the big picture, and knocks some much needed sense into Juliette. Kenji is like the sassier version of Peeta Mellark: selfless, committed, brave, and warm-hearted, and so much more.
Warner: I finally get it. I haven’t read Destroy Me, but I saw enough of Warner and his past to understand everything now. And it’s kind of like that Ender’s Game quote: “When I truly understand my enemy, that is when I love him” (paraphrased a bit there). I’m not sure I’d say I love him quite yet, but I’ve definitely warmed up to him. And he’s a lot stronger than Adam, so right there I’m a lot more inclined to supporting the whole Juliette/Warner corner in this love triangle. I’m not denying the fact that Warner is seriously screwed up in the head, but at least there’s a clearer reason of why now.
Concept: Well, it still feels a bit like the X-men, but I love those movies so I don’t care at all. I think the clarity of the war could have been a bit more defined – I felt like the focus was the romance, and the political tensions were lacking in development. So in the end I felt like I had been thrown into this final battle and there wasn’t really any build up of suspense to really make me care or understand the gravity of the situation and what hinged on their winning.
Plot: Like I said, it was a bit unfocused at times, and slightly meandering, but at least in that time Mafi took the chance to develop her characters. And towards the end there was a clearer goal, and that’s where the pace picked up. I’d definitely say the second half was a lot better than the first.
Unravel Me wasn’t as stunning as Shatter Me, but I think it was a solid follow up. It’s a middle book anyway, so there’s always that sense of limbo that goes along with them. Plus, Chapter 62. Guys. If nothing else, read the book for 62. I just really hope Adam can pull himself together in Ignite Me!
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Food for thought (sound off in the comments!)
If you’ve read the book:
- How did you feel about Adam in this book? Do you ship Adam/Juliette or Warner/Juliette?
- Do you like how Kenji’s character has been developed, or do you only find him to be annoying?
If you haven’t:
- Do you always continue to hate the characters you hate, or do you change your mind when you learn more about them?
- What other books have you read where the male character is the one whining about the romance in the story?