This review will be rather short and lacking my usual mess of gif due to my neck injury (in case you don’t know, I had a car accident 3 weeks ago and I’m still in recovery. Nothing too serious, just ligament damage at the back of my neck).
Ratings: ☕☕☕☕ (4/5)
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi is the second book of the amazing Shatter Me series and takes place about two weeks after the events of the first book. If you want, you can read my review of Shatter Me here.
I won’t lie, while Unravel Me was just as beautifully written as its prequel–Tahereh Mafi continues to amaze me with her brilliant, poetic,
thought-provoking prose–the story fell flat for the half of the book. Although the writing style was unique and captivating, the plot was rather slow-paced and lacked action for the first 50% of the book. Initially, this book focused mostly on Juliette’s thoughts, and while I did not mind being in her head in the first book I was hoping to see her more in action in this sequel. In fact if I recall correctly, this is what Juliette said at the end of the first book in the series.
Things are changing, but this time I’m not afraid. This time I know who I am. This time I’ve
made the right choice and I’m fighting for the right team. I feel safe. Confident.
Because this time?
BAHAHAHAHA. For the first part of this book, all Juliette did was make stupid mistakes, wallow in self pity, and worry about her love life while everyone else were preparing for a full scale war. Admittedly, I did feel sorry for her–the poor thing was suffering from depression and abuse all her life–so naturally she was having an excruciatingly difficult time adjusting to her new surroundings. But at one point I grew tired of her worrying about her and Adam living happily ever after.
Thankfully, Tahereh Mafi soon allowed Juliette to develop into such a strong personality, that by the end of the book I couldn’t help but feel proud of her. With friends like the adorkable Kenji, Juliette soon grows from a weak, self-deprecating girl to a somewhat confident and strong person. I wish she would learn to forgive herself more, but for what’s it worth I liked how far she came from being a broken shell of a girl to someone brave enough to fight back and survive.
And Kenji! My darling Kenji. I loved him in Shatter Me even though he was barely there, and I loved that we got to see so much of him in Unravel Me. Kenji is by far one of the strongest characters I’ve read and my favorite right after Warner. His sense of humor made this book much, much less depressing than it would have been otherwise and the way his friendship helped make Juliette become better truly touched my heart. I wish he was real so he could be my friend too.
Adam’s was sadly a real disappoint for me. I was hoping to see more of his character since he was a little one dimensional in the first book. Sadly, it seems like his only purpose in life is to be in love with Juliette and be with her. Honestly speaking I am not a fan of characters whose whole revolves around the boyfriend/girlfriend, so as much as his love for Juliette melted my heart I couldn’t really be fond of him.
The story starts to get really interesting after Warner makes an appearance. All of the action, the thrill, it all happens when Warner walks into the picture and I loved each and every moment he spent with Juliette. After reading Destroy Me I was officially shipping him with Juliette so hard. After reading Unravel Me, I officially helicarrier them.
What I loved even more about Warner was how unlike Adam, his world did not revolve around Juliette no matter how much he loved her. He wanted her alright, and she was certainly a big, big part of his universe but unlike Adam he made sure not to lose his dignity or self respect over his love for Juliette.
We also got to see a lot more of the dystopian world this series is set in and it was brilliantly described in the most subtle manner. I particularly loved the idea of The Reastablishment being a global movement that monopolised the entire world’s resources and economies. It was not only very convincing, but the way all of the civilians were being dominated, the way the culture was being destroyed was truly beautifully depicted in this novel. The science behind the mutation that lead to superpowers were also explained just enough for me to understand, but it wasn’t something the writer particularly focused on.
The ending was brilliant and a cliffhanger that made me want to instantly read the next book in the series.
All in all, Unravel Me was really great once I was done with the first half. Despite being a little slow paced, it was most definitely worth my time and I would definitely recommend it.