Title: Unravel Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Genre: Young Adult: Dystopian
Publication Date: December 31st 2013
My Rating: 4/5 stars
The thrilling second installment in New York Times bestselling author Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series.
It should have taken Juliette a single touch to kill Warner. But his mysterious immunity to her deadly power has left her shaken, wondering why her ultimate defence mechanism failed against the person she most needs protection from.
She and Adam were able to escape Warner’s clutches and join up with a group of rebels, many of whom have powers of their own. Juliette will finally be able to actively fight against The Reestablishment and try to fix her broken world. And perhaps these new allies can help her shed light on the secret behind Adam’s—and Warner’s—immunity to her killer skin.
Juliette’s world is packed with high-stakes action and tantalizing romance, perfect for fans of the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard and the Darkest Minds trilogy by Alexandra Bracken.
I’m reviewing Unravel Me, after I had reread it for the second time. I haven’t read it since 2015, and back then I gave it 5 stars, but now I’ve lowered it to 4/5 stars. Mostly because the plot kinda fell flat for me. But I still loved it nonetheless. Also, if you haven’t read Shatter Me (review here), you should probably do that before reading this review!
I fell in love with Kenji even more in this book, and didn’t realise how much I’d miss him. He’s just as fun, loyal and caring as I remembered, and he lights up the atmosphere. Kenji, despite some things that happen to him, still looks out for Juliette and isn’t afraid of her – something you have to admire after what he suffered around her.
I still don’t know what I think about Juliette. Yes, she’s strong and learns to be independent and accept herself, but she’s also naïve and spends a lot of time moping around and being scared. I understand why she’s scared, but she had a group of people who wanted to help her out, and I’m glad at the end, she was able to somewhat care for them. I still think the relationship between Adam and Juliette is too insta-lovey, despite knowing each other in their childhood, and Adam is way too clingy in my opinion. Yes, I clearly don’t like him ahah, but I adore his brother, James, who is like, the coolest kid ever. He’s sweet and innocent and adorable, and I wish we could have more “screen” (or is it page?) time with him.
I love how we get to meet other characters with powers too – Sonya and Sara: the healer twins, Brendan: who can control electricity, Winston: who can stretch his body, Lily: who has a photographic memory that I wished I had and Castle: who can move things with his mind (is that telekinesis? I get all the tele- powers confused). In Unravel Me we don’t get to see them much, aside from Castle, but I do adore them still and their tight-knit family bonds.
I love Tahereh Mafi’s writing; it is so beautiful and lyrical and literally every line makes for a great quote. I also love the strikeout thought format, because we get to see what Juliette’s inner thoughts are, as well as the narration. I think that was such a unique aspect to the story and made it more personal to Juliette. In my opinion, Shatter Me didn’t end on a huge cliffhanger, not like the one at the end of Unravel Me where THERE IS A MASSIVE CLIFFHANGER MAKING ME WANT TO READ THE NEXT BOOK IMMEDIATELY!
Despite loving the characters so much, I found the world building to be lacking. We know very little about the world; all we know is that the Reestablishment have basically taken over the world and the world is pretty much dead – or dying. I also like Omega Point, and wished we got to see more of it and learn how Castle actually built the underground tunnels, because that seems like something that’d take forever. Kenji also mentioned about 47 (not accurate) of the people living in Omega Point had powers, and I also kinda wanted to at least meet some more of them. But seeing Juliette’s situation, I guess that wasn’t really possible.
Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot. And I think it’s slightly better than Shatter Me, because there was a lot more action scenes towards the middle-end, after Juliette was finally accepting her powers. I’ve already the Ignite Me, and will hopefully be reviewing it soon – so stay tuned for that!
Have any of you read this series? What did you think? (No spoilers for Restore Me because I haven’t read it yet!)