Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi

Unravel MePublished: February 5th 2013 by HarperCollins

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Pages: Hardcover, 461

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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.

My review:

I started reading this book on the way home from vacation. I made it through about half the book before it got too dark to read in the car. I couldn’t wait to start reading, I just had to know how the rest of the book was. But, after getting home and going through the post-vacation routine, I found that I didn’t want to read but to sit around, playing video games (Mass Effect), or finding my newest addiction to the TV show, Scrubs (the ending is really sad by the way).

I was reluctant to continue, and I’m not really sure why. But I’m glad I finally talked myself into reading (though honestly, it was because I couldn’t play the game or I got to frustrated to continue). The book has more of that depressing, self-loathing things that I can’t help but like. I liked learning about Juliette’s powers as she did, and struggling to find the balance to access it. I liked learning about the other people’s powers as well, though I wish there was a bit more of it.

I like this book because it’s pretty focused on the main character, but sometimes I wish it would delve a little deeper into some of the other characters thoughts and actions. I know that can be hard to do in a first person narrative, but there are ways to do it.

I found myself absolutely hating some of the same character’s I loved in the first book, and even in the first half of this book. I have to say that I especially hate the romance thing going on between Juliette and Warner in the first one, and my feelings were just made stronger in this book. And come on Adam! You shouldn’t have to hide anything from Juliette! You know how she feels about being lied to!

Though I like the way this book was written and what happens, some of the more action packed moments weren’t really all that action packed. I was disappointed, expecting something with a little more umph. While the actual action was lacking, the ending didn’t. There was a definite climax, but it seemed it jumped straight from the climax to the ending. It was like ‘oh my god this thing just happened, everyone’s fighting’ then two seconds later it was ‘I’m going to fight and I’ll do this even if I die trying.’ Really, there just was no transition there at all.

Anyway, I give this book  ★★★★ because of the still unique writing and good plot, but the lack of action and the weird love triangle I didn’t like.

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