Sunday, February 10, 2013

Unravel Me | Tahereh Mafi | Book Review

Unravel Me | Tahereh Mafi | Book Review

*Important note: Before reading Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi, I recommend reading Destroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5). It will make the reading experience so much different...

Shatter Me ends and Juliette has discovered an underground world full of people like her, people with abnormal gifts. She is still madly in love with Adam, she and everyone else despise Warner, and a rising is bound to happen in the near future. 

Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2)
Tahereh Mafi
Hardcover480 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by HarperCollins
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. (Goodreads summary)

Unravel Me picks up where the story left off. Underground, with love, with x-men like people and Juliette struggling to come to terms with her odd abilities. 

The best way to describe this book and to express my opinion on it is through GIFs. 

Juliette - 
Juliette is wide-eyed, naive of kindness, yet extremely aware of cruelty. She has a hard time trusting others because reality is that she doesn't trust herself. Book 2 is more about her learning to love herself verse loving others. Learning that it isn't until you can accept yourself that you can fully accept the kindness of others. Her story arc in this book is slow moving, but by the end we really see that she has grown. 

Adam -
I loved Adam in the first book. He was strong, silent and sexy. This book, we aren't really given the opportunity to see that much of him. He discovers something about himself that threatens his relationship with Juliette. As such, he is mopey. 

Warner -
So this is why you need to read Destroy Me before reading this one, because it is from Warner's POV, which gives us insight into his head. The reasons he does the things he does are explained. He is still a bad person who has hurt good people, but...maybe there is something more to Warner. And in this book, Juliette starts to see what that something might be. He reminded me so much of Klaus from The Vampire Diaries show. Klaus is horrible. But...but...but...I still hope every time there is a scheme to kill him that it doesn't work. I have hope for who he could be. This character in both the TVD and Unravel Me is such a beautiful example of someone who hasn't been given a chance to be good. With so much promise for a beautiful redemption. Don't hate me...I'm on team Warner.

Castle - 
Castle doesn't do much for me. He is bland. But ultimately, I think he has a good heart. He cares about the people at Omega Point. 

Kenji is the comedic relief in this story. We get snipits of his past, which shows that he has had it just as hard as everyone else. But instead of wallowing about his bad childhood, he accepts who he is. He doesn't let it get him down. 

So, all of that being said, what did I think of Unravel Me. I'm going to come right out and say that I don't think all of the elements are terribly original. We've seen these characters before. But, I think the way that Tahereh Mafi writes and tells the story is so unique that it negates the "same character, different book," aspects. There are so many books out there about dystopians and redemption and broken people that it takes something to make them stand out. And Mafi's unique way of writing without care of grammar and run on sentences of analogies makes this book stand out. I can see her characters clearly. I can feel the pain in their hearts. I can feel their longing for love and change. I can feel their fear that maybe they don't deserve kindness. 

And that's what this book is. A beautiful depiction of how people feel. We have a character that blocks out all feeling and then one who feels too much. One who feels so deeply for others and one who would rather feel physical pain than emotional pain. This book is not action packed. It is overflowing with feeling so deep that it seeps into your soul and grabs hold of you. And though the action is minimal, your heart will race with every turn of the page. And come the last one, you will ache with the need to know what comes next for these characters. 

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