by Tahereh Mafi
Original Publication Date: February 5, 2013
Length: 461 pages
Obtained Via: Bought
Format Read In: Hardback
Series: #2 in the Shatter Me trilogy
View at the Traffic light:
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.
Even though I ended up giving the same rating to both Shatter Me and Unravel Me, I thought Unravel Me was a huge step up from the first book. All of the characters get a lot of development in Unravel Me(though for some of the characters it does feel like regression, but it all keeps pretty well with their character development so far). Tahereh Mafi’s writing really shone in Unravel Me as well.
One of the things people notice the most about this series is the unique writing style. The prose is the series is detailed, strange, and full of unconventional writing. The series definitely has some of the strangest metaphors you’ll ever see in print. I liked the style fine in Shatter Me, but I felt it got in the way at times. In Unravel Me, though, I got to see just how strong Mafi’s writing really is. There’s some of the weird prose, but it goes in phrases and really does a fantastic job of mirroring Juliette’s emotional journey. At the beginning of the book, things are crazy and Juliet’s thought pattern is all over the place. All of the metaphors and weird ideas found in Shatter Me are back. Once she adjust to the world, though, she becomes more. . . well, normal. And this wouldn’t have been as effective if it wasn’t for the strange writing in the beginning. It was fascinating how well I could tell Juliette’s emotional state from chapter to chapter just by paying attention to the amount of metaphors and strike-throughs in each.
There’s a lot more action in Unravel Me, which is always a plus. Juliette really explores her power and sort of pinpoints it, and I have to say it’s pretty awesome. It’s so intriguing to explore her character because she has one of THE best superpowers, but she’s been so afraid of herself for so long that she has trouble doing anything but despising herself and seeing her power as a weapon she will use without actually wanting to. Of course, now that Juliette is actually at Omega Point and there’s a whole resistance towards the way things are, there’s several action-packed scenes and also some emotional ones.
The love triangle is pretty strong in Unravel Me, but I found it fascinating, not annoying. Perhaps it’s because at this point I don’t care for either love interest, but I like the exploration of love by Juliette, since it’s something she’s really not used to doing. Adam is mopey in this book and is rather. . . bland. I suppose he was bland in Shatter Me too, but he at least did things–that’s sort of how Juliette came to be in her current position, because Adam was useful. In Unravel Me, Adam felt like wallpaper.
Which brings me to Warner. Now, I in no way like Warner. Not as a love interest, and not really as a character. However, I find him one of the most intriguing characters(and yes, I both hate him and find him intriguing. It’s possible). He acts like a psychopath and he has the terrible past part down, but there are glimpses of humanity throughout. Not enough to redeem him, but enough to make him interesting.
Also, Kenji, who I quite liked in the first book, is by far the BEST character here, and really the most important secondary one. He does so many things for Juliette, and it’s annoying for her not to realize it so often. Out of all the characters, he’s the one most integral to the plot of Unravel Me.
Unravel Me was a worthy follow-up to Shatter Me, and made me really excited to pick up the third book. While there are parts of this story I’m a little. . . leery on(the love triangle), I can’t deny I think it’s all pretty well done. I find the concept of people with superpowers in the midst of a Dystopia world fascinating, and Unravel Me really delivered on that premise. 4/5 cupcakes.