Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

WARNING: IF YOU HAVE NOT READ SHATTER ME (THE FIRST BOOK) I WOULD READ WITH CAUTION, THIS REVIEW MAY CONSIDER THINGS YOU BELIEVE ARE SPOILERS. ALSO, I HAVE NOT LISTED THE TRIGGER WARNINGS FOR THIS BOOK BUT THERE ARE MANY.


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Rating: ★★★★☆

Release Date: February 5th, 2013

Pages: 461

Publisher: HarperCollins

Goodreads blurb:

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 defense 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.

Ransom Riggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, raved: “A thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love, the Shatter Me series is a must-read for fans of dystopian young-adult literature—or any literature!”


R E V I E W 

Unravel Me was 100 times better than Shatter Me. You know how sometimes a middle book can be a drag and you want to completely give up while reading it? Unravel Me is not that. It was exciting, it had developed, and it had Adam taking a backseat. This series contains action, love, and heartbreak. I have some issues; mainly with obsessive and borderline abusive behaviours from the male characters, but this series really improved within one book. I wish I had gotten to it a lot sooner.

This particular book takes a look at Juliette learning her powers and growing stronger by herself. Obviously, in the last book, she relied on Adam a lot and I even wrote about it in my review because I hated it. This book, however, she really comes into herself. At Omega Point she learns how to socialize with others and really become a member of society, rather than secluding herself away from everyone in favour of Adam. Which, I think is important. The story has Warner come in, and basically fuck shit up, but I love Warner so I am okay with it. Throughout Unravel Me the overall message is power. Power within yourself and using your power and voice. Everything goes to shit numerous times in this book but man, did I love seeing Adam not get the girl. It filled me with a sick sense of joy and I am not ashamed of it.

So, before I bitch about Adam too much I should probably just jump straight into what I did and didn’t like about this book. Considering I gave this book four stars and the first two, there are a lot of things I did enjoy.

L I K E S

JULIETTE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

I love a girl who can rely on herself and no man. Thank God this is what happens in Unravel Me. Juliette becomes a woman who can rely on herself, can trust herself and can develop as an individual in a free environment – something she has never had the opportunity to. I really feel like Juliette comes into her own throughout Unravel Me and if that doesn’t get you excited, I don’t know what will. Her representation of anxiety and depression is so realistic and the stand out part of her character. I really can’t wait to see where her character goes in the final book of the trilogy (before Restore Me comes out).

FEMALE CHARACTERS GET A LARGER ROLE

It’s literally only two female characters, Sonya and Sara, but I will take what I can get. I mean seriously, I will take whatever small scraps I can get. This is a big thing in fiction anyway, I swear authors just refuse to put in supporting female characters and it is very hard to imagine a girl just surrounded by men being all good. Obviously Juliette remembers the world from before, especially since most of the shit happened while she was in isolation, and she didn’t have any friends so it makes sense why she attached herself to Adam (aka the first boy who called her pretty, or in this case could touch her). I just wish Sonya and Sara got more page time.

LOVING THE VILLAIN LINE

I feel like in books I typically always hate the villain storyline. I’m never curious about it, I just want the characters to kill the antagonist and be over with it. However, I find myself really curious about the world and villain in the Shatter Me series. It’s not so much that it’s complex; I just always find it interesting how corrupt governments get in dystopian (lmao basically the government we have currently). I just want to find out more about Anderson and what he is doing, what his ultimate goal was, and how he came to his position. I can’t help it. Hopefully all is revealed in Ignite Me.

WORLD DEVELOPMENT

This is a point I don’t have much to say on. I feel like Unravel Me had incredible world building that brought everything from the first book together. I found myself a little lost about the world in the first one, since Juliette is confused and doesn’t really understand, but in this book it really felt like the writing was more together and as if it put the world in concrete.

WRITING REMAINS AMAZING

You can fault the author on a lot of things but her writing oh my God, what a gift. At some parts I’m like what? But, it is all just so beautifully descriptive and highlights the mental health issues that she wants to include so well in my opinion.

WARNER X JULIETTE HAS SO MUCH MORE CHEMISTRY

The love triangle is falling and I’m the one governing the tank that is firing at it. I am so on board this ship. Fuck yes, give me this shit. I knew this couple was going to happen because I have been on the Internet and book community for a while and I am not mad. I also follow Whitney from WhittyNovels and that girl is always screaming about these two. I can understand why now. The chemistry between the two characters is so much more than the chemistry between Adam and Juliette. It feels like Warner actually understands Juliette whereas Adam has wanted Juliette for so long that he does not care who she is as a person. Which is pretty shitty, lets be real. I mean, Warner still gives me some weird vibes but I can vibe with it much more than Adam. Plus a love triangle ending is the reason for my happiness.

D I S L I K E S

ADAM CAN GTFO

That’s it. Adam can exit stage left and I will be fine. No redemption arc. Let him burn. Someone shoot him. I have no idea, I just hate Adam. I can’t put it in many other words than that, weird ass possessive, jealous tool. I ain’t here for this toxic masculinity.

STILL NEEDS MORE FEMALE CHARACTERS

I beg. Give me more female women so it is not just one in the role. It kills me.

Overall, I really didn’t hate that much. Trust me, I’m as shocked as you are. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. However, I will admit it is trash. Honestly, it is cheesy and definitely, a guilty pleasure read. I ranted about the book for like half an hour to a friend on the phone but I can’t say I didn’t enjoy it. Especially since so many things I hated in the first book have left. Hopefully Ignite me is perfect and has no Adam.


Happy reading everyone!

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