Title: Unravel Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Series: Book #2 in the Shatter Me trilogy Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: February 5, 2013
Genre: Young Adult – Dystopian, Romance
Format: Purchased Paperback
“Unravel Me” by Tahereh Mafi is the sequel to “Shatter Me” and it follows Juliette, a girl with a touch that can kill – literally – and a super strong power unknown to her. This second book deals mostly with her after she has escaped from the grasps of Warner, a nineteen year old soldier who is as cruel as he is ruthless, and winds up at a place called Omega Point that houses many more people with powers like her.
Now, this review will contain some spoilers given that it’s the second book, so if you haven’t read it yet, then please do.
Okay, so in the first book I thought Juliette was a really weak character. She was scared and afraid, sure, but she was also just kind of… pathetic, really. In this second book she does grow more of a backbone, but not for at least half of the book. She still relies heavily on Adam to be her rock and comforter and the one thing to give her strength, but she has so much potential and spark in her that she doesn’t need anyone to really make her stand out. I still found her to be annoying and complicated at times, and I thought that she could have done so much more than she actually did, but I did see a change in her, even if it was subtle, and I’m interested to see how much she may or may not grow in the third book.
Adam was kind of a non-existent character unless he was around Juliette. We learned that he has his own ability and that’s why he’s actually able to touch Juliette. But his ability isn’t without its faults or flaws as he’s unable to cope with touching her for long periods of time or when he’s not focusing on deflecting her ability – or Energy, as they refer to it in the book. He’s a lot angrier in this book for various reasons, and I thought they were all viable. I just wished we could have seen more of him and a deeper look into his personality than what was given.
Warner. Oh my gosh, Warner. What an awesome and interesting and complex character he is. Okay, so when I read this first book I thought he was the creepiest person and was super stalkerish and just.. he creeped me out. In this book, though, we got a more in depth, human look at Warner and it made me like him all the better. He has his dark side, don’t get me wrong, but the fact that he’s got secrets and his own ability (which is a really cool one and I want it) and how interesting he is just in general made me love him. I thought, yes, some of the the things he said or did initially were kind of weird or out of place, but as he made more and more appearances and we learned a little more about him, it felt like we were getting a glimpse into what made Warner the way he is. I’m interested to see how he acts in the third book.
Kenji is like, my best bro friend. I want him to be my friend in real life. He’s sassy and funny and witty, but super smart and independent and everyone looks up to him. I think he’s a great asset to the story and brings a lot of needed comic relief and “tell-it-like-it-is” to the story.
As for the plot, I thought it was really centered around Juliette’s feelings for Adam and the combating feelings she begins to develop for Warner, and how she isn’t strong enough and blah blah blah. I was annoyed with her for the first half of the book, really. I wanted the plot to be more focused on her training at Omega Point and the others with their own cool abilities. I think that would have been much better and beneficial to the development of the story. But, I also did enjoy the back and forth aspect because of how polar opposite the boys are. It made it kind of spicy.
I wanted to learn more about the war, the outside world, the Reestablishment, Anderson (I really don’t like him), and other things that were briefly touched upon. But I also understand that as it was from Juliette’s conscious stream of thought we may have not been able to get it all because she was dealing with other things mentally and emotionally.
Overall, I thought this book was better than the first and I do recommend continuing on with the series if you’ve read the first book.
I rated this book 4/5 stars.