Book: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #2
Publish Date: February 5th, 2013
Start Date: January 11th, 2014
Finish Date: January 19th, 2014
Other Books Reviewed: Shatter Me, Ignite Me
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.
I’m going to put up my mandatory disclaimer up here now. If you haven’t read Shatter Me yet, I urge you to stop now and read the review for that first. The two books are severely tied together, and I think reading Unravel Me first is going to be very confusing. If you have read Shatter Me or are looking into the series as a whole, continue on!
Unravel Me takes place after the events of Shatter Me. Juliette has a special power, if you will, in which when she comes into contact with people skin to skin, she has a tendency to severely hurt them or even kill them. She was locked up in an asylum where she was isolated and left to never be remembered by anyone. However, the government, called The Establishment, has decided that they can use her powers for their own use. However, Juliette doesn’t want to hurt anybody. She just wants to live a normal life. A boy is left in her cell, named Adam. Adam and Juliette fall in love in Shatter Me, and continue their doomed romance in Unravel Me. However, there is the looming love triangle with Warner, one of the leaders of The Establishment. Warner is despicable and cruel, and yet Juliette feels attracted to him. After escaping the establishment, Juliette and Adam escape to an underground rebellion base called Omega Point. There are others in Omega Point who have powers similar to Juliette’s, like being able to camouflage themselves to healing others. Juliette decides to join up with this rebellion against The Establishment who just so happens to be led by Warner’s father. The story mostly takes place in Omega Point where Juliette discovers more about her powers, the rebellion prepares for war, and Juliette must decided between Adam and Warner.
So in the review of Shatter Me, I discussed the issue that many people had of Mafi’s overuse of metaphors and similes. I had agreed with the criticism that there was too much of these literary devices, but I understood the author’s use for them. I feel like Mafi’s writing style has greatly improved in Unravel Me and it feels like such a relief. The writing felt a bit more controlled and was able to correctly portray the setting and actions in a much clearer way. Unravel Me was a much easier to read and it felt more enjoyable. I was able to get deeper into the story without having to worry about the overbearing images of the metaphors. I always found myself trying to picture the metaphors in Shatter Me and it became too distracting. Unravel Me has redeemed this series for me, and I’m really excited for Ignite Me which actually comes out next month! Not too far away! (I also have it on reserve for when it comes out, so hopefully I can get a review of that out quickly.)
What I’m about to say next is not to be taken as a criticism of the book. In fact, I am applauding Mafi for being able to achieve this. I sympathized with Warner. There. I said it. He was so sick and sadistic in Shatter Me I found myself a little disgusted by Juliette because she was so attracted to Warner. He felt so cold and calculating, and I just couldn’t see what she saw in this guy! Maybe it was one of those needs to date a bad boy? I have no clue. But anyways, I felt so bad for Warner after Unravel Me. I learned that he is human, but he has been shown all the wrong ways to be a human. All he has been shown is cruelty and manipulation, and thus he feels that is the way that people need to be treated. But you can tell that he knows that it is wrong, but there are higher authorities who put so much pressure on him that he has no choice. This book made me like Warner just a little bit more, but I put all the excess hate I had for Warner towards his father. His father is much worse than Warner could ever be. Warner, has some form of conscience, but its due to other factors. You’ll learn more about his family life, and it will all make sense.
On the other side of this love triangle, I was a little disappointed that Adam and his little brother, James, weren’t in the story as much as they were in Shatter Me. It made sense because Juliette was having so much trouble with their relationship and trying not to harm him or anyone else. You could just feel the frustration between the two of them. I understand that Mafi wanted this book to be more about Warner. I always feel that in trilogies with love triangles, books will work in this formula:
Book One: First Love (Adam).
Book Two: Second Love who questions everything (Warner).
Book Three: The Ultimate Decision (unknown! guesses anyone?)
So to wrap things up a little bit, Unravel Me redeemed this series for me. I struggled with Juliette’s ever fluctuating mind in which she was going back and forth about how strong and a good person she is and how much of a monster she is. Her mind seemed to flip flop on this subject so much, it was hard for me to understand her mentality. I understand it as a whole in which she has this conflicting issue in which she wants to be a good person, but sometimes her powers get in the way or she has to use them to ultimately do good. Overall, I’m looking forward to Ignite Me, due out February 4th!