Review: Unravel Me – Tahereh Mafi

Series: Unravel Me #2
Published: February, 2013
Genre: dystopia, fantasy/ Young Adult

Our lips
and I know I’m going to split at the seams. He kisses me softly then strongly like he’s lost me and he’s found me and I’m slipping away and he’s never going to let me go.

Juliette has escaped from The Reestablishment. Now she’s 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. Haunted by her past and terrified of her future, Juliette knows that she will have to make some life-changing choices. Choices that may involve choosing between her heart—and Adam’s life.

I started this book knowing I would not be able to finish it soon because I was going to have some very busy and crazy days ahead of me, and I was okay with that but once I started reading, I could not stop. The pacing of the book was fantastic and the chapters being so short only helped. I did not realized how much I was reading because I did not want to stop.

The feelings are very much similar to Shatter Me even though the setting and the stakes are different, which are evident in the ending of book 1 but we are seeing everything from the other side. All those possibilities made me so excited to pick this book up, but since we’re following Juliette all along, we’re limited to what she does. I would have loved to meet more people in Omega, or just get to know the ones we were introduced to, but we do not, because Juliette doesn’t want to and the characters we are introduced to are reduced to such small roles that they could very easily be replaced by someone else and it would not have made a difference. I was also interested in how everything worked and how they are organized, plus I wanted to see Juliette (and possibly others) training, investigating, but also just interacting with each other.

Juliette. To me, the most frustrating thing about the book was Juliette. I love her but she also gets on my nerves a lot. I think her improvement and depiction are incredible and we learn to understand her perfectly but we also see all of her potential, which she doesn’t, and that is so frustrating. It takes her A LOT to do things and she is constantly doubting, even though she claims every two chapters she wants to change and help, but she doesn’t. She spends all her time afraid and thinking about Adam (which I kind of get, since he’s being so secretive). She is also the reason why we do not explore Omega and its residents more.

Adam. Oh, Adam, why are you acting like such a horny teenager? All he does in the book is cry over how much he loves Juliette and him needing and trying to be with Juliette. And yet, when he is with her, he barely speaks with her. I didn’t like Adam in Shatter Me, it’s not that I hated him but I saw him as a boring character and was not very attached to him. I thought my feelings toward him would change, but he did nothing for that to happen, on the contrary, he became annoying too.

Warner. I was not the biggest fan of Warner in Shatter Me and I could not see what everyone liked about him. Sure, he was an interesting character, but he was both cruel and creepy. Unravel Me made me see him in a new light; he changed a lot after the events of Shatter Me and I became very intrigued by him and needed to know more about him. I ended up liking him a lot and enjoying every scene he was on. And every time he appeared, things became more interesting and the book, which I was already invested in, picked up. However, I was a bit disappointed at how little we learnt about him; after so many conversations with Warner, I imagined we would know more about his past and his intentions by the end of Unravel Me but all we had were deductions. It was a great change and now I can say I understand what people see in him.

Kenji. He’s so cool. We knew he was funny but it was nice seeing him in Omega. He was in his element and it was so refreshing seeing him as an authoritative figure, yet behaving as he always has. Everyone in Omega admires and respects him and his relationship with Castle was interesting. I also appreciated his scenes with Juliette and how he treated her. Kenji is honest and is not afraid to say what he thinks, and puts everyone in their place, something Juliette needs but, coming from him, it does not sound cruel because he cares about her and they’re friends, a relationship that made me so happy because it proves boys and girls can perfectly be friends without it turning into romance.

Castle. I was worried about him at the beginning, not only because I suspected he might be hiding something, but also because he was too optimistic. He wants so desperatly to believe in everyone that I am not sure how prepared he is about something going wrong, which is extremely dangerous in a leader. The rest of people in Omega are nice but again, we do not see a lot of development with them, only small interactions. I wish we could have seen Juliette talk to more of them.

I want to reiterate how much I enjoyed the book. I devoured it and I had to start Ignite Me immediately after, which, of coure, I did. However, I needed to pinpoint those issues I had with it. Had Juliette believed in herself from the start, this book would have been totally different, and we would have met a lot of amazing people and discovered the mechanics behind Omega Point. The pacing was excellent and the relationships we got to explore were great. It left me with a need to know all the characters that were introduced to us and intrigued about those we already knew.


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