Book Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #2
Also in this series: Shatter Me
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My Rating: 5 Stars

Average Good Reads Rating: 4.36

Series: Shatter Me #2

Genre: YA Dystopian/Sci-Fi

Publisher: HarperCollins

Pages: 461

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Good Reads Summary:

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.

I LOVED Shatter Me. You can read that 5 star review HERE. Unravel Me built on it’s predecessor’s strong foundation, adding more dystopian elements and sci-fi powers. The drama got more dramatic, the stakes were raised, and the scope of the story increased.

I loved getting to know the other rebels at Omega Point. They aren’t the most important part of the story, but since most of the first book was spent plodding through Juliette’s psyche, it was nice to see other people playing a bigger part in the storytelling. Castle, the leader of the rebellion, seems pretty cool to me, albeit rather mysterious. I’m glad he and Kenji give Juliette tough love; her moping got a little tiresome, and I’m glad they pushed her to move forward.

This book gave me an all new appreciation for Kenji. In the first book, it was kind of like, I’m the jokester side-kick who’s loveable but not really integral or the most helpful. In Unravel Me, he’s like

He’s awesome. He takes on Juliet’s training, leads outside missions, and is pretty much Castle’s right hand of awesomeness. I am also INCREDIBLY thankful that he is NOT a part of a love triangle with Juliette. He’s simply a good friend that wants to help take care of Juliette and help her figure out her powers.

I believe I stated in my review of Shatter Me that I could not understand anyone advocating Team Warner. After reading Unravel Me, while I do not agree with them, I understand them a little better. You get better insight into Warner’s brain in this book, and you see an emotional connection forming between Warner and Juliette that is born out of past trauma and difficult present circumstances. He’s still a bit of a conundrum however, and I’m interested to see how their relationship progresses.

Adam. Adam and Juliette. Juliette and Adam. This is one beautiful, adorable, exhausting relationship.

I totally get all their issues. Where the first book brought them together and gave them what appeared to be a fairly unbreakable bond, this book rips them apart and puts miles of space between them. But it is sort of that Blair/Chuck, Buffy/Angel, Haley/Nathan relationship; even though they are apart and even though all the stuff with Juliette and Warner is happening, Adam and Juliette still love each other. They will always come back to each other. There is something between them that transcends everything that’s happening around them, and any other relationships that may interfere.

Poetic enough for you?

Highly recommended. Great sequel. Read this series. Now.

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