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.
Title: Unravel Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Genre: YA, Dystopian
Number of Pages: 465
Publishing Date: Feb. 5th, 2013
Tahereh Mafi has never failed to captivate me.
This. Book. I just. What even. I can’t put into words how much I love this world that Tahereh has created. After not being able to sleep last night, I started reading Unravel Me around 2am-ish and I finished it at 6am-ish. And I immediately started reading Ignite Me right after. Who needs sleep when you can read, right?!
To summarize my thoughts nicely: this book is amazing. I thought Shatter Me was brilliant and somehow Tahereh wrote a second book that was even more brilliant. The character development was INSANE. The plot went a direction that I definitely didn’t expect but I LOVED IT. The romance, OH, THE ROMANCE. The fangirl feels were extremely real while I read this book, okay.
So, if you haven’t read Shatter Me, GO READ IT. And if you have, then GO READ Unravel Me. Somehow, it’s better than the first book. Which is strange, when you consider how amazing the first book was. GAH. Tahereh Mafi is queen.
The rest of this review contains spoilers!
HOLY MOTHER OF AMAZING PLOTS.
It was so interesting being able to dive into Omega Point and discover what these people do and what they’re trying to accomplish. All of the different characters that you got to know more about (Kenji, Castle, the healing twins, etc.) were so interesting and I found myself wanting to know more about them and their backgrounds.
The plot twist. Adam. And. Warner. I DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING. But it really made a lot of sense and it adds this whole other level of craziness because they’re BROTHERS.
THE ROMANCE. After finishing Shatter Me, I found myself wanting to know more about Warner, which I found strangely odd. Usually I’m not the type to fawn over the bad boy, villainous characters, but Warner seemed different. It just felt like there were more layers to him. And for once, I’m glad my theory was correct. Warner evolved from one of the most evil/crazy/obsessed/mysterious characters I’ve ever read about into one of the most interesting/beautifully broken/caring/misunderstood characters I’ve ever read about. I really wasn’t liking the direction that Adam and Juliette’s relationship was headed, so when Warner entered the story, I found myself more eager than ever before to continue reading.
I loved the amount of character development that Juliette went through in Unravel Me. It was like she went through this blossoming phase. She was learning more about her powers and through that she was able to learn about the person she truly was. The beginning of the book was basically Juliette going back and forth and being sad and upset with herself and I really realized that her relationship with Adam wasn’t very healthy at all. She was constantly dependent on him and only ever talked to him and her whole being basically revolved around Adam and I was getting SO ANNOYED WITH HER. Like, you’re basically in this huge building full of these awesome people that deal with having a superpower like you do, and all you do is cling to your boyfriend and ignore everyone else. Come on, Juliette. You’re better than that. You have so much more potential than that. AND THEN KENJI (thank God for Kenji) GAVE HER THAT PEP TALK. LIKE YES, KENJI. THANK YOU. He finally told her to stop pitying herself so much and it honestly changed her perspective on a lot of things. AND THEN WHEN JULIETTE AND ADAM BROKE UP, I must admit I was extremely happy. While I liked Adam, I just didn’t think their relationship and her dependency on him were helping either of them; Adam was treating Juliette like she was this fragile person made of glass and at any moment she could break, and then Juliette was legitimately weakening Adam. AND THEN WARNER CAME INTO THE SITUATION. Warner and Juliette are both damaged. And they fix each other. They make each other better. Warner challenges Juliette to be independent and more self-confident and Juliette challenges Warner to be a better person, while also trying to convince him that he isn’t a terrible person. The formation of their friendship (aka their relationship because he was already in love with her and she was in love with him, she just didn’t want to admit it) gave Juliette’s character development such a boost and she become so much stronger and I absolutely loved that aspect of the book.
It’s like a drop of honey, a field of tulips blooming in the springtime. It’s a fresh rain, a whispered promise, a cloudless sky, the perfect punctuation mark at the end of a sentence. And it’s the only thing in the world keeping me afloat.”
Adam’s character in this book really frustrated me sometimes. He finds that he has these powers to drain the powers of those around him and he realizes that Juliette weakens him and obviously Juliette is going to want to break up with him. She loves him. She doesn’t want to hurt him. And he doesn’t understand that she doesn’t want to deal with that. She’s had to deal with that fear her whole life and he doesn’t understand that she loves him too much to even think about the possibility of hurting him. If the roles were reversed, I bet that Adam would react the exact same way Juliette reacted. That’s why when Adam and Juliette broke up, I felt so much relief. But then Adam just kept acting so clingy and I understand he was in love with her but COME ON, ADAM. He didn’t understand that he had to start letting Juliette be strong without him by her side constantly.
“Part of me wishes I could see him; I want to make sure he’s really going to be okay, that he’s recovering well and eating enough and getting sleep at night. But another part of me is afraid to see him now. Because seeing Adam means saying good-bye. It means recognizing that I can’t be with him anymore and knowing that I have to find a new life for myself. Alone.”
I LOVE AARON WARNER ANDERSON SO MUCH. In Shatter Me, all you saw of Warner was what Juliette saw of him. What Juliette assumed of him. And then in Unravel Me, you get to have such a deeper look into what Warner is really like. When Warner’s father was basically attacking him with words and hitting him and Juliette ATTACKED HIM, it was so nice to see someone finally standing up for Warner. And then the talks that he and Juliette would have, OH THE FEELS. I feel like he understood Juliette on such a greater level than Adam because of what he read in her journal. He relates to how she feels. He sees how similar they are. He cares for her so much. When he went into her room and he basically professed his love for her and he wanted her to call him Aaron, I literally almost dropped my book because of how intense and deep and beautiful his words were and of course then Juliette had to call him Adam by accident like, wow, WAY TO GO JULIETTE. At the end when Warner’s dad shoots Juliette and Warner saves her life, that was when I decided that I was full on Team Warner. She had hurt him so many times and yet he was so profoundly in love with her. I just. GAH. WARNER.
“I want to be the friend you fall hopelessly in love with. The one you take into your arms and into your bed and into the private world you keep trapped in your head. I want to be that kind of friend. The one who will memorize the things you say as well as the shape of your lips when you say them. I want to know every curve, every freckle, every shiver of your body.
I want to know where to touch you, I want to know how to touch you. I want to convince you to design a smile just for me. Yes, I do want to be your friend. I want to be your best friend in the entire world.”
Kenji was SUCH A GREAT CHARACTER IN THIS BOOK. I loved how he wasn’t afraid of Juliette and how he was such a great friend to her and THE PEP TALK HE GAVE HER WAS EVERYTHING. I have such an appreciation for his character. Castle still wasn’t my favorite character, but I didn’t hate him either. James was ADORABLE AS ALWAYS. Warner’s dad was. Just. Really. Stupid and evil and rude and when Juliette shot him, I may or may not have been very happy.
Okay, but, Tahereh’s writing style is just so YES. YES YES YES. YES is the only word that I can think of at the moment to describe my feelings towards the beautiful sentences that she is able to form. The way she describes settings and emotions and feelings is just so raw and honest and I love her analogies and metaphors. Her writing is so poetic and I feel like I could read her grocery list and somehow become infatuated with it.
I loved this book so much. It built this foundation for Juliette’s character to start developing from and she grew so much and she finally began to take control and become independent. I loved seeing how misunderstood Warner was and how much he loved Juliette. I didn’t think it was possible for a sequel to somehow be even better than the amazing original book, but Unravel Me was better than Shatter Me and ASDFGHJKL. I’m extremely happy. I love these books so much.
And I now present you with one of my favorite quotes/sections from the book. Tahereh Mafi knows exactly how to tug on my heart strings.
“And he leans in, so carefully. Breathing
and not breathing and hearts beating
between us and he’s so close, he’s so close and I can’t feel my legs anymore. I can’t feel my fingers or the cold or the emptiness of this room because all I feel is him, everywhere, filling everything and he whispers
He says “Please don’t shoot me for this.”
And he kisses me.
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