The author shouldn't have switched the bad guy to be come the good guy and the good guy to be a dork. I enjoyed the first book, but everything I liked about the first book was taken away and switched for the second.
Making the main character a whinny annoying girl, and the formerly good guy a jerk, and the supposedly evil guy now becomes the love of her life - crazy!
Mostly YA Book Obsessed!
I absolute fell in love with the story and the writing in Shatter Me. I devoured Destroy Me and couldn’t wait to get my hands on Unravel Me. Although dystopia is probably my least favorite genre and I tend to avoid the majority of dystopia books, I couldn’t help myself when it comes to this series. Although I really like Adam in the first book, there was always something about Warner that fascinated me. Call me sick and twisted but I wanted to know more about the ruthless guy that he was and how he became that way. In Destroy Me, I got exactly what I was looking for and more. I was nervous going into this book because I was so torn over these two boys. But Tahereh Mafi made it easy for me to pick a team by the end of the book and I am even more excited to read more of this series.
After Juliette and Adam narrowly escape from Warner, they are now staying with Kenji at Omega Point which is a place for gifted people like Juliette. People who are planning a rebellion against The Reestablishment. Naturally, Juliette has a hard time fitting in. When new developments start tearing her and Adam apart, Juliette starts questioning her life. So she does the whole ‘I can’t be with you because I’m too dangerous’ thing. I have to admit, I rolled my eyes so hard at this point I swear I saw my brain. In her case I kind of got it though. Still, it was hard to see them both miserable, especially Adam! Luckily, Kenji was there to try to lighten the mood. Just when it looks like things might be getting better between Juliette and Adam, Warner is back in the picture.
Warner. *Sigh* It takes a talented author to make you swoon over a heartless killer. When I started reading Shatter Me and I kept seeing that there were actually people that are Team Warner, I thought they were crazy. Turns out I am now one of those crazy people, and proud of it. I tried to fight it. I tried to hate Warner for all the things he’s done. I tried to stay on Team Adam. But I just couldn’t fight it anymore! I really believe that Warner and Juliette are so much alike that they would be perfect together. They understand each other on a different level and they know each other’s darkest thoughts. Warner wants and accepts Juliette exactly how she is and she is the only one that sees the real Warner.
Although this felt more of a dystopia than the first book, I still really loved it. With the same hauntingly beautiful style of writing as the first two books, Unravel Me is a very easy story to get sucked into. I was disappointed at Adam’s development in this book though. He was mopey and miserable through most of the book. And with Warner saying just all the right things to Juliette it was easy to fall for him along with her. Plus, she shared some very intense, sexy scenes with Warner that were loaded with chemistry. (Chapter 62 anyone? HOT!) New developments, plot twist and so many good swoon-y scenes, Unravel was a hit for me. I want more! Kenji was almost my favorite part of this book (besides Warner)! He is so funny and is such a scene stealer but he also has a story. A story I very much want to read. I’ve said this before but I really hope the next novella is from Kenji’s POV. Or more Warner. I can always read more Warner! If you have been thinking of reading this series, it definitely deserves a bump up in your TBR pile. You’ll be kicking yourself for not having read this sooner.
I am just not sure if the story would be the same without the narration honestly. The narrator is THE perfect voice for the main character and Mafi's style.
One of the most memorable scenes of Unravel Me is the initial passionate interaction between Adam and Juliette. Pure lust and innocence all in one.
It is difficult to say too much with these questions on the review. I don't want to spoil anything. Just read it. Its awesome.
super YA and overblown/overdone but i loved it anyhow. I think the narrator helps a TON and keeps the story moving along.
This is one of those series that will likely divide readers into the love or hate category. By this second book, it is clear that the story will be very emotional driven rather than action-oriented. And in setting up the story to be character driven, we have a clear arc of strong character development as the events in the book change each person in unpredictable ways. Clearly, I love that that focus and rate this book highly. I rate 4 rather than 5 stars because I really wish the x-files type subplot had been jettisoned.
Juliet and Adam are acclimating to Omega Point and making new friends among the highly talented individuals. From healing to telekinesis, everyone has a unique gift in the hidden rebel base. But Warner, and his father, still have plans for Juliet and Warner's obsession with her means he will never stop trying to get her back. And what Juliet first thought was a haven - Adam being able to touch her without dying - now turns out to be a curse. For as much as she loves Adam, if she touches him for long periods of time her ability eventually overrides his and she runs the risk of killing him. Then Warner is captured and everything she believes about herself will change.
In this middle book we have Juliet growing beyond her own prison and learning to communicate. The strikethroughs and stuttering of the first book are lessened as she acclimates and learns more about herself and the world. I really like that we can see that transition and change - that there is an overall arc to the story beyond just rebellion and fighting. This series is clearly about Juliet and her growth, with the dystopian elements thrown in for flavor.
It goes without saying that Kenji is the star of the book - amusing, clever, witty, and with such a distinct personality. Mafi really has an amazing talent for capturing a character and making them very conflicted, 3-dimensional, and full of layering and depth. But at the same time, she kept her focus on the Adam/Warner conflict and never gives in to temptation to make Kenji a love interest (fortunately!).
I loved the first book and felt this one was even better. Yes, it will likely get you heated if you enjoy obsessive love affairs. I really appreciate Mafi exploring the themes of insta love, puppy love, and obsessive love (to oneself and between the male/female characters). It made for a riveting book for me.
Note: I listened to the the Audible version and the narrator did an excellent job - really captured the heart of the story.
It is very very rare that a book's words can reach me as deep as my soul, but the descriptive language and the very wonderful use of imagery made me feel as if I was a character in the book. I felt like the love being expressed in the book was my love. It was simply amazing and heart warming all at once. I think I enjoyed this book more than if not as much as the first book. I cannot wait for the third, and then I will listen to them all back to back. I wish the novellas were on audible because I don't know if I could actually read this book since the narrator does such a good job at reading it for me. Simply Wonderful....absolutely wonderful!
I have 3 kids that occupy all the TV's in the house...enough said...addicted to audiobook ....shhhh don't tell my husband ;-)
I would say the main character Juliette is completely living Rogue's life from X-men ( with the same super power). The setting sounds like a possible near future with a V for Vendetta vibe. A new strict and overbearing establishment has complete control over society on a global scale, where unauthorized art, books ect. are destroyed and unruly people are incarcerated or institutionalized . Much like X-men Rogue...I mean Juliette finds an underground society made up of special people with different gifts as well, but her gift is still the most dangerous gift of all. Juliette fears being used as a weapon by either side. The underground society has a professor X named Castle that also has the same super power as professor X but he can walk. Juliette has two love interest and surprisingly both guys can touch her ( for the most part ) and the two guys (Adam & Aaron) are of course enemies much like Wolverine and Cyclops vying for Juliette's love. Oh and I forgot to mention there is a totally Darth Vader like character ( Anderson ) who is the head of the evil establishment and there is a totally "Luke, I am your Father" moment as well. I still loved it! The books were very entertaining and I am looking forward to the next book. Juliette is finally mad and is ready to fight back and its getting exciting :-)
Imagine the legally blond version of wonder woman. Except, without the humor. The story is fun, its interesting to see the characters developing into superheroes. They even have stretchy spandex costumes. The story is fun but, the main character is clueless. Even her buddies on the superhero squad tell her so. By the end of the second book I wanted to use her incredible strength to smash her face in a wall. I kept expecting her to wise up. There were so many opportunities for her to develop her character and to become more mature. I was disappointed, she just kept whining. There were "did I do that?" moments on every page. The problem is, without any growth it becomes difficult to continue to sympathize, or even like, her as a character. The good news, book two ends in a "did I do that" moment comparable to the gamma-ray creation of the incredible hulk. So, I hold out hope that our little darling will see the error of her idiocy and the third installment will provide a more mature, more superhero-y character.
I am immortal ....so far. I enjoy a god story and love a great narrator. :-)
Highly recommend this series. The narration is a bit spotty but the story line is brilliant. I can not wait to see how the pieces will come together and how the triangle will end.
I loved the 1st, and I loved the 2nd, now i'm waiting for the 3rd... This is one of my favorite books of all times. On my list it's at number 2, it takes some getting used to cause you don't really know what's going on at first, but as long as you stick with it, you'll fall in love.
I think she should go for Warner...