Published: February 5, 2013
HarperCollins, hardcover, 467 pages
GoodReads Summary: tick, tick, tick, tick, tick it's almost 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.
Tahereh Mafi, what am I going to do with you? I mean, seriously. How am I supposed to read any other book this year? How will any of them even compare? I liked Shatter Me. But Unravel Me? I lived this book. Nope, that's not a typo. I didn't mean "loved," I meant LIVED. I don't mean just "oh, good book. Next, please?" I'm talking "I forgot to breathe for 470 pages. What is oxygen?" If this was my copy of the book, I'd rip out all the pages and plaster my bedroom walls with them. I want to take them everywhere with me. I want to climb inside these pages and hide out there for a century or two. I want to pour all the words into a wine glass and get gut-twistingly drunk on them. The continuation of Juliette's story is devastatingly beautiful and I ache, ACHE to know what happens now.
And how am I supposed to hate Warner when you keep making me LOVE him? Yeah, yeah. "Warner is a douche and blah blah blah." LIES. Any hatred you harbor from Shatter Me? Toss it to the curb. TOSS IT. Especially if you've already read Destroy Me (a novella from Warner's POV.) I've never read about such a deceivingly good character. He is the titleholder of "Jen's Favorite YA Love Interests of ALL TIME, EVER." This is a pretty difficult list to crack, but Warner shot right to the top with Unravel Me.
Juliette got on my nerves a little, it's true. But it's like Tahereh KNOWS when she needs to be put in her place, unlike many others who make the main character all Mary Sue-esque and irritating and, still, it brings all the boys to the yard. Nope. Because Mafi has a secret weapon called Kenji Kishimoto who stomps all over that teen angst and knocks our girl J down a few notches. I didn't even have time to grunt to myself or sigh exasperatedly when Juliette went on a woe rampage. Kenji was all over that, like he's my own personal sanity advocate. I love him so. And I'm glad that we got to see much more of his amazing personality in Unravel Me.
Granted, her angst is has merit. A huge bomb is dropped. HUGE. And it doesn't do anything to tear down the obstacles keeping Juliette and Adam from some good lovin'. Yes, I'm totally Team Warner, but even I felt enveloped in the sad. It was overwhelming. WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN NOW? I HAVE TO KNOW.
The action? Nonstop.
The romance? Inferno.
The conflict? Gut-punching.
The angst? Mega-emo.
The writing? Creme brulee.
If everyone read Tahereh Mafi's books, there would be no hostility or sadness in the world. There'd only be glossy-eyed, happy, book-stoned people everywhere. Help save the world by reading all of her books. You can start by entering my giveaway for a pre-order of Unravel Me below.
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