Sunday, February 2, 2014

Review: Unravel Me

Title: Unravel Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: February 5th 2013
Pages: 461
Genre: YA
Source: Purchased
My Rating: 5 Starfish

it's almost
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. -
Summary and cover image from Goodreads

Oh, my feels. Ms. Mafi has done it yet again! This book literally took my breath away. The prose throughout are stunning, as usual. I love that there’s less of this, and more of a normal style of writing because it shows how strong Juliette’s becoming.

Plot: The plot was strong and consistent throughout. There was a set problem and a set goal that was resolved by the end. The conflict between the characters was real and exciting. A lot of plot twists kept me on my toes, leaving me wanting more. It’s an easy storyline to follow along with. The only issue I had with the plot was that it seemed rushed towards the middle half. A lot of information was shoved into a couple of chapters, so this could have been done differently to make it better.

Setting: First off, dystopias rock. Secondly, this dystopian world is one of my favorites. The Reestablishment is a corrupt, government organization trying to take over the world.  A small band of rebels gathers together to take them down and thus begins a war between the two. Juliette and a vast majority of the rebels have special “powers” that can’t really be explained. Juliette’s abilities are especially lethal, and the Reestablishment wants her on their side. I found the setting to be very realistic, well thought out and planned. There aren’t any gaps or things that seem to be too far-fetched.

Shock Factors: The thing that makes Tahereh Mafi such a good author is the fact that she can cause so many emotions to rage inside of you with just a simple sentence at the end of a chapter. Most of the surprises came from learning more about each character than from anything else.

Warner: Warner, Warner, Warner… what can I possibly say about you without turning into a gushing mess all over the floor? Warner is, by far, the most complex and interesting character. He’s also my favorite, for many reasons; but first and foremost, I have to talk about the sexiest scene in the book: Chapter 62! The thing about Warner is that he never lets anyone get past the walls he’s built up. He never trusts anyone, doesn’t fully tell the truth, and he keeps pieces of himself hidden, which is unfortunate considering that those pieces are his best qualities. Anyway, if you haven’t guessed, the central theme is a love triangle, and Warner is, of course, part of it. He is crazy in love with the heroine and in chapter 62, he opens up to her and it’s all awesome and steamy and things are going great, until...... this thing happens. But no spoilers! To sum it all up, vulnerable Warner is the best Warner. You’re interested now, aren’t ya?

Juliette: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, she’s not one of my favorite heroines. She is super whiny at the beginning of the book. But as the story progresses, she gains more confidence in herself and more control over her abilities. She stops moping and pulls herself together and proceeds to kick some butt. All in all, she gets more likeable towards the end.

Adam: Adam was put on the backburner for the majority of this book. The focus was primarily on Warner and Juliette’s relationship, where as in the first book, the focus was on Adam and Juliette. I still find him to be a bit bland for my taste, but he’s not a bad character.

Secondary Characters: Kenji was the funniest he’s ever been! I was laughing so hard throughout the beginning of the book. Having him around really helped to lighten the mood. James was also his sweet self. He and Juliette had a touching moment, but not much happened with him in the story. However, a little surprise was revealed about him, which now prompts me to suspect that a few other surprises may be lurking around the corner…

Strengths: I would consider the whole book to be a strength. I thought it was just as good as the first one, if not better.

Weaknesses: The plot being rushed at parts is the only bad thing I have to say about it.

For the love of all books, just go and buy the Shatter Me trilogy so we can all fangirl together.

1 comment:

  1. Ugh! I really have to read this!
    *writes note to self*