This review will contain spoilers to those who haven’t read Shatter Me. You have been warned..
Title: Unravel Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Published: February 5th 2013
Length: 461 pages (Hardcover)
Series: Shatter Me #2
Life at Omega Point is hard for Juliette, the girl whose touch can kill. She doesn’t know how to harness her own enrgy and create something useful, the other habitants fear her, it’s difficult to fit in, and Adam is hiding something from her. Time is running out. Will Juliette learn how to protect the people she loves, or is everything too late for her and everybody else at Omega Point?
Can we just start by talking about this stunning cover. OH MY GOD I love it! I think it represents Juliette’s sorrow and longing for freedom, perfectly. It makes me feel almost cold inside. Glorious I tell ya, just glorious.
It’s to bad the cover of first book doesn’t have the same theme as Unravel Me and Destroy Me (Update! Now it has!). Honestly, I have no idea what a strong-looking girl in a long, clean and white dress has to do with the story. Plus, you know how I feel about covers with real people on them. It’s basically like telling the readers that they are not allowed to form their own picture of the characters….
But moving on :).
Unravel Me is a relatively long book, but I finished it in one sitting, which means that I found the plot interesting, and that the pace was nice. I barely even put it down to go to the bathroom.
In Unravel Me, Juliette tries to learn how to control her powers, while Adam is going through some tests to figure out why he’s the only one who can touch her (we know this isn’t true but poor Adam lives in oblivion)…which leads to some unfortunate revelations.
At the same time, Juliette is struggling to find friends and people to trust at Omega Point. She feel like everybody is afraid of her, whispers about her, and basically don’t want her to be among them. Mothers pull their kids away and people give her strange looks.
Juliette’s pain is a re-appearing theme in these books, but I think it works. She has gone through some truly shitty things in her life and she has a legit reason to be sad. Sometimes, though, the whining kind of took over a bit too much..
When it comes to the writing style in these novels, I have to say that I’m one of those who really love it. I like it when a book is written in a quite different way, and Tahereh Mafi uses a LOT of metaphors, to say the least. I have come to understand that not everybody likes this, but for me, the metaphors intensify all the feelings in great ways. It makes me feel like I truly understand all the pain and heartbreak. It’s beautiful, though some of them are a bit ridiculous.
“It’s strange. How hollow I feel. Like there might be echoes inside of me. Like I’m one of those chocolate rabbits they used to sell around Easter, the ones that were nothing more than a sweet shell encapsulating a world of nothing. I’m like that.”
The crossed out words is another thing that’s a big, fat plus from me. I mean, we all think things we shouldn’t. Things we don’t mean, things we don’t want to mean and things we regret. It just makes Juliette’s voice a lot more personal and realistic. Also, I haven’t seen this anywhere else, which makes it new and refreshing.
Now, let’s talk about the characters. :)
Juliette, our protagonist, can be perceived as both weak and strong, but in Unravel Me she learns how to push the weakness away when she has to. She also learns that she can be strong even without Adam to lean on. I like that she left the safety in just being the two of them to make new friends.
Everybody wants Juliette to learn how to control her powers so she can help kill the enemy. She, on the other hand isn’t so sure about all that. She doesn’t feel it’s her choice who should live or die. I mean, who is the enemy really? And what have they done to deserve death?
“Because someone points a finger and says “Those are the bad guys. those men over there.” Kill they say. Kill because you trust us. Kill because you’re fighting for the right team. Kill because they’re bad and we’re good. Kill because we tell you to.”
Kenji surprised me in this book. I didn’t know I would come to enjoy his character quite this much. He made every scene a bit more fun and witty, but at the same time he made everyone realise the severity of the situation when he had to. He is the character who believes it’s okay to joke around as long as you know when not to. He is the character who would gladly sacrifice himself to save everyone else.
“Sometimes I wonder about glue. No one ever stops to ask glue how it’s holding up. If it’s tired of sticking things together or worried about falling apart or wondering how it will pay it’s bills next week. Kenji is kind of like that.”
Now to the serious business….Adam and Warner.
Let’s start with Adam. In Shatter Me, I was a huge fan of his. He was totally dreamy and swoonworthy. In Unravel Me he was still those things, but now it felt kind of old. He also became kind of angry and needy. All he and Juliette did was make out, cry and tell each other how much they love the other but that they can’t be together.
Warner, oh Warner…
“But I don’t know how to hate you anymore. I’ve tried, I say, I’ve tried so hard. Because you’ve done so many terrible, terrible things.”
*Sigh* You and me both Juliette.
When I first heard about “Team Warner” after I had read Shatter Me, I thought people were completely insane. Like, really, REALLY insane. Warner is a psycopath, I thought.
Oh boy, they must have known something I didn’t at the time, because I didn’t have a clue. It all started with Destroy Me. And then continued in Unravel Me. I no longer know how to hate him. God, I barely know how to dislike him. I really wish I could say I wasn’t swooned by his bad boy-ways, but I was. I truly was :(.
He and Juliette actually talk. They actually understand each other and Juliette can be herself in his company. She doesn’t have to keep anything inside, afraid to scare him of.
WHY is this??
In Warner you get to see that there is something good in everyone. That not everything is black or white.
He’s still creepy, though.
I really wish Tahereh Mafi hadn’t pulled the love triangle-card, because I don’t like it. Someone ALWAYS gets hurt and there is no way of preventing it. Still, she did it pretty well and I guess we will know in the end if we should forgive her or not.
In conclusion, I really liked it :). It made me cry and a book that makes me cry has done something right (unless I cry because it is so bad, but that has yet to happen).