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.
©2013 Tahereh Mafi (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
* Contains spoilers for Shatter Me ~ fair warning *
At the end of Shatter Me, Juliette seemed to be on the verge of taking control. At least, that is what it felt like for me. She had escaped to Omega Point, found refuge with others who have bizarre powers, found a safe place that was willing to help her nurture her abilities. I expected Unravel Me to start with a huge punch of power, of self awareness and control on Juliette's part.
What I found instead was the same old Juliette. Mopey, depressed, self-deprecating and annoying. There were several moments when we would see a spark, a flicker of something...something that maybe meant Juliette was finally ready to be more. All too quickly that little flicker would snuff out.
“I am nothing more than the consequence of catastrophe.”
I understand her life has been ridiculously horrible and hard but come on already. Grow a backbone and use it rationally. That's all I'm asking. I lost a bit of my love for Juliette with Unravel Me. She just got more and more ridiculous, more selfish, more ridiculous...did I say that already? Her decision making ability was non existent, she did dumb thing after stupid thing followed by moronic thing. When she should have been learning and training and working to save lives she was instead dreaming about boys and kisses and touches and ugh....just getting utterly distracted by all things Juliette, Adam and Warner.
Let's move on, shall we? We are finally exposed to the reason Adam can touch Juliette and brings on a whole new set of problems for them. While I can sympathize with the situation, Adam's reaction to it and decisions he makes because of it had me gritting my teeth in anger on multiple occasions. I'm (almost) always spoiler free so I can't go into any detail here but I can say he should be thinking a little more about her than himself at this point. Yet, he is still so sickly sweet and loveable that it tears at my emotions.
“Juliette, please, tell me what I'm supposed to do. How am I supposed to feel? It's one sh*tty thing right after another and I'm trying to be okay--God, I'm trying so hard but it's really freaking difficult and I miss--I miss you, I miss you so much it's killing me.”
I was pretty upfront in my review of Shatter Me that I was Team Warner ~ all the way. I loved him even more after reading the novella Destroy Me which is told in his point of view. However, Warner also has my emotions torn in two now. I still adore him, he's the best character in the series as far as I am concerned. But there are more and more confusing decisions made by him that make me think, yes he's redeemable but not necessarily ever will he be deserving of winning the girl.
Then we have Kenji. Kenji takes a much more prominent role, being a big wig at Omega Point he seems to be everywhere. He too is an amazing character and this book would be missing something horrible if his quirky jabs were not a part of it.
“Are you kidding?” I stop in the middle of the kitchen. Spin around. My face is pulled together in disbelief. “You’ve spoken to me maybe once in the two weeks I’ve been here. I hardly even notice you anymore.”
“Okay, hold up,” he says, turning to block my path. “We both know there’s no way you haven’t noticed all of this” — he gestures to himself — “so if you’re trying to play games with me, I should let you know up front that it’s not going to work.”
“What?” I frown. “What are you talking abou—”
“You can’t play hard to get, kid.” He raises an eyebrow. “I can’t even touch you. Takes ‘hard to get’ to a whole new level, if you know what I mean.”
“Oh my God,” I mouth, eyes closed, shaking my head. “You are insane.”
He falls to his knees. “Insane for your sweet, sweet love!”
The writing style is as strange as it was in Shatter Me, and again I have to applaud Kate Simses for her wonderful job of narrating. She is remarkable at taking me to a place I don't think I could get to on my own.
With all that I hated about Unravel Me, I still loved it. Sometimes I wonder what is wrong with me. Why do I like these train wrecks so much? I love the world, I love the struggles, I love the turmoil of this stupid love triangle, I love that it makes me an emotional puddle of soupy goo. I think I am just as ridiculous as Juliette for wallowing in this misery. Or maybe I am just as insane as Kenji...insane for this crazy emotional roller coaster ride.
This author is a master of creative imagery. Her writing style gives this text a richness that is extremely rare in contemporary writing. I kept expecting it to get old or tiresome, but instead, I found myself wishing I had the physical book so that I could highlight some of her phrases.
I really enjoy the author's writing style, but could see how someone more literal, might tire of the figurative language used. So, for those of you who might fall into that category...if you want an author to say "I almost cried," instead of talking about the dam in her eyes holding back the waters...you might want to choose a different book. If you like strong imagery and really enjoy writing that feels three-dimensional...do not pass this series up.
Even though there is a lot of descriptive language, the story does not drag or slow at all. Usually the middle book in a trilogy is a bridge that feels more like filler than substance. That is not the case here. If the background information from the first book was not so helpful to character development, this book could stand alone.
The Shatter Me series is written in narrative form (stream of consciousness). Juliette's choices in this book surprise me, but not because I don't understand how she feels. This writing style allows you to understand the actions our heroine takes, even if you don't agree with them. I admit, I hit pause a few times to get over my shock at the things happening. The story moved and evolved well. There was a cliff-hanger at the end of this book and a rushed conclusion. It makes me eager for the third book, but it wrapped up enough that I didn't get frustrated at the break.
I would definitely suggest reading the first book before this one. Also, there is a 1.5 called Destroy Me that you can can get for the Kindle. And just in case you haven't already figured it out, the scratching sounds indicate that the previous statement/sentence was crossed out in the text.
I really enjoyed my time with this book and will probably visit it again a few times before before the final installment is released.
Beautifully written. Poetic, Lyrical, Intense.
Warner - the change in how the reader views him is so extreme.... an incredible accomplishment for the author
I have spent a good bit of my student loans on audiobooks.
I can recall listening to Shatter Me some months ago and being extremely irritated with Juliette’s weakness. She is so incredibly whiney, and I understand why, but come on already.
All she ever wanted was to be accepted. Now she is. She is surrounded by supernatural beings, yet she continues to whine whine whine. Oh I just learned I have amazing super strength? Let me whine about how this power is useful in killing. Oh there’s a war happening? Let me whine about my lovelife. Geez Louise, she is so complainy.
However, I absolutely adore this series. I just can’t put my finger on it, but it just draws me
The author, Tahereh Mafi, has such a strange writing style. Everything she says is a metaphor; then she will go on to explain that it’s a metaphor. So, so strange. But, I love it. I love how Juliette will be complaining that there are no words to describe what she is feeling, so she will go on to list the types of words there are. Something like, “There are no prepositions, adverbs, or verbs to describe how I’m feeling.”
I think if I were actually reading the story, I would be annoyed, but Kate Simses depicts all of the characters in a loveable way. She is extremely talented – have you heard how she does James’ voice? Genius!
What Made Unravel Me Work:
Kenji. He is the comic relief of the story that actually had me laughing out loud. He is the voice of reason that puts Juliette in her place. He is funny, has a tragic past, but he still carries an air of mystery to him that makes him a pivotal member of the series.
The romance. Even though it drives me loony on occasion, I am still completely invested in Juliette’s tragic love-life. She is split between Adam and Warner – which is so awesome. I know love triangles are getting a bit overdone, but it is some juicy drama. I’m not going to get into details over what exactly transpires, but it’s fantastic.
The mystery. Some may argue that this story is a tad predictable. Maybe it is. But, I don’t care. It is still exciting to me to learn what may next happen to Juliette, and I’m dying to wait forever for the third installment.
Love, love, love narrator Kate Simses. She does an amazing job. Her performance is incredible. The story is so good. The way Mafi writes, you want to devour this book. Do yourself a favor & read the Shatter Me series - even if its just to read how Mafi describes the drinking a glass of water. Its like listening to art. You won't regret it.
I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
YES!!! I am in love with this series....I can not wait for book 3!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just wow...anyone who didn't like this series is crazy! It doesn't get much better than this....
I liked ALL of it...and I think I may have been converted almost to TEAM WARNER....ALMOST!
she is an awesome narrator...sweet sounding sometimes...and vicious and hysterical at others....
Oh YES! Both books in this series, and the novella from Warners point of view all took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions...nothing has moved me this much since the Daughter of smoke and bones books....the writing is that good!
I loved this book so much, and can not wait till book 3...the writing style, the narration, the story...the characters...everything was beautifully done...I caught myself holding my breath, and screaming out at times...a new fave for me and I will be counting the days till the next book is released....and yes I will be re reading this series again!
Warner....talk about a character you love to hate. Damn! I usually don't like the "bad boys", but the chemistry between him and Juliette is so hot for a YA book. My only complaint is that ISN'T an adult romance. I really hope the author has Juliette pick him.
Good, a little sweet and innocent, but I guess that fits the character.
I don't have time to sit and read, but I have plenty of time to sit and listen! :)
Yes, it takes this whole book for her to finally stop being sad, mopy and blaming herself but it's all worth it because the devil is in the house and he has her heart. Who doesn't like a girl who always falls for the bad guys. But this just means we see the other side of Warner.
I couldn't stop listening, I got it done in less than a day. On to book 3!
It's been a long time since I could brag so much about a narrator. They are so important!! Kate Simses makes this book amazing. I can't imagine how I would feel about this book if anyone read for me. She's perfect. Perfection.
Favorite quote: Hell is empty and all the devils are here.
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.
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