Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi Published by HaperCollins on February 5, 2013. Hardcover, 461 pages. $17.99, US
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.
Dear Book Reader,
Unravel me was pretty much one of those “building the love triangle”, second-book-in-a-trilogy books. You’ve got Adam and Warner (later you find out that he wants to be called Aaron, his first name, and only by Juliette), the two guys. Then there’s Juliette, who can’t make up her mind about which guy she wants. One can touch her and might get hurt if he can’t control his special power and the other can touch her and won’t be hurt because of his special power. Yes, that’s how a guy should be chosen, by who can or can’t touch you and the reason. Both of these guys have done plenty emotionally and mentally to Juliette, but that doesn’t seem to be taken into consideration by her all that much.
Between all the back and forth of the love triangle, there’s a war brewing, with Juliette becoming a key figure. Except she has to get out of her thick head and stop throwing a pity party for herself. At one point the lightbulb does kick on and Juliette starts seeing that everything isn’t just about her. There are other people involved in this war and she can help them. If Juliette actually starts the training she can receive at Omega Point, she could use her power for good.
What are Juliette’s feelings towards Adam and Warner?
How does her training go, once she starts?
Does she ever learn to stand up for herself?
I’m honestly struggling with the review of this book. I really wanted to like this book, but I just can’t. I struggled to stick with it to the end, as I did with the first book in this trilogy. At times I just wanted to ask Juliette what she was thinking. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results. Ignoring the advice of others doesn’t do any good if they are legit trying to help you, and doing things alone aren’t going to get you anywhere. Boundaries are okay to set as well.
The main point of this is that I just can’t stand the main character of this book. She’s not relatable, at least to me. Juliette is indecisive, has no sense of the word “no”, thinks everything is her fault and won’t listen to reason. I can’t come up with the right phrase to describe this girl. I know the reason I don’t like this book is because of the way the main character has been written. I had no problem reading the two novellas that go along with this trilogy.
I’m not even going to get started on the love scenes in this book. Over dramatic and almost a focal point. I could do without them, or at least not having them as graphic.
If you’re someone who’s a stickler for grammar, get ready if you choose to read this book. All I feel like I need to say with that point.
Stars: *** (generously)
This book was checked out at my awesome public library.