Sunday, May 5, 2013

Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2)
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.
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: February 5, 2013
Kat's Review
I have conflicting feelings about this book.  When I read Shatter Me, the writing style with the words strung together and scratched out didn't bother me.  I connected with Juliette.  I felt sorry for her, for her predicament, for the situations she was placed in.  I rooted for her and Adam.  I feel differently now. 
Unravel Me pulled me into the story more than Shatter Me did, and left me wanting to find out what happens next more than the first book did, but the writing style began to bug me in this book.  What felt organic in the first book seemed flowery and unnecessary in this one.  Maybe because so much of the first book was in the form of journal entries or being thought by a girl who had only herself for company for so long, I felt the writing style made sense.  This time, so often I wanted Juliette to just say what she meant instead of thinking in pictures all the time. 
Perhaps I was irked by that also because I increasingly find myself disliking Juliette's character.  Even when she decides to be a stronger person she's wishy-washy.  Unable to choose between Adam and Warner, denying her power, running around having meltdowns all the time.  It's fine at the beginning, but I got tired of it as the book wore on.
However, as I mentioned earlier, the story itself gets more complex and interesting in this book.  We meet Warner's father.  The Resistance goes into battle with the Reestablishment.  There are relationships and dynamics and so much action that I really enjoyed the plot, if not so much the main character.  I'm still not sure who to trust, and that is a very clever move on the part of the author. 
Rating: A Good Read
The writing style seems to be something that people have strong feelings about, both positive and negative.  I found that sometimes it got in the way in this book, more than I felt it did in the first.  Still, the storyline is interesting, the dynamics between the characters are complex, and I was left with no idea how everything will turn out.  I liked more about the book than I disliked, and am looking to reading the next one. 
I borrowed this title from the library.

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