Thursday 14 February 2013

Unravel Me Review

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. 

How proud of me are you to know that I didn’t immediately turn to the infamous chapter sixty two and start devouring the pages reading? In case you’re wondering what on earth I’m talking about, Tahereh recently released a small selection of spoiler videos and kept referring to sexy times exciting things happening in chapter sixty two. My advice to you is that it is worth the wait so do not be tempted to read it before you’ve read the rest of the story! So, before I say anything else about the book I need to tell you that if you haven’t read Shatter Me (review here) or Destroy Me (review here) then please go no further as you will likely encounter spoilers. And also, get thee to a book seller STAT.

Unravel Me was an awesome read and while it took me a few pages to become re-attuned to Juliette’s voice again, after that I was flying through the book. Juliette is without a filter when she speaks inside her head and pours her heart out on the page. She is at times all over the place but her chaotic mind represents her chaotic state of being and ultimately the chaos of her world. BUT, having said all that, you will see a very slow and deliberate change in her throughout the book and I believe she will come out fighting in the end. Although she’s in love with Adam, she can’t deny her strange attraction to Warner and as she learns more about him, the barriers start breaking down between them. I believe they are kindred souls and recognise something of themselves in each other.

You may remember at the end of Shatter Me that Juliette kissed Warner, grabbed his gun and shot him before her and Adam ran off to claim sanctuary at Omega Point, home of the rebels. Warner survived of course and it was utterly fascinating to be inside his head in Destroy Me which basically made me want to take care of him love him all the more. The only way I can describe Warner is by calling him beautifully broken. That in itself is a crazy description I know, I mean how can something that’s broken be beautiful? But he is. Oh, but he is. He is a complex character who pretty much hides his true self for fear of appearing weak but we know he has an abusive father, a man that I am fascinated by, not because he is an abominable excuse for a human being who is incapable of showing love to his own children, let alone anyone else but for the sheer fact that SOMETHING or SOMEONE has made him the way he is and I’d love to find out more. Novella, anyone?

Speaking of characters, in complete opposition to Warner’s father we have Kenji or the comic relief as I like to call him. I’m so glad Kenji was a part of this book and if it wasn’t for the dire situation they find themselves in, I know he would be a happy-go-lucky kind of guy. In some ways, he already is I suppose.

Unravel Me concentrates on the potential war building up between the rebels and the re-establishment. I don’t want to say too much about the plot but let me tell you that there are plenty of revelations as well as twists and turns you probably didn’t see coming and Tahereh always manages to keep us on our toes. I felt sorry for Adam, Warner and Juliette pretty much ALL the characters in this book as Tahereh puts them through the mill and hangs them out to dry. Well, you know what they say about authors, they love to kill their darlings.

EVENTUALLY I got to chapter sixty two, devoured it slowly read it...and then my brain exploded. I’m not going to ruin it for you but I will say that it was full of ecstasy and agony. Tahereh set my heart aflutter and then tore it out and handed it back to me. I’ve been a huge fan of Warner from the start and my love for him only continues to grow WHICH IS WHY I am absolutely terrified of what’s going to happen in the next book. How can Juliette have a happy ending with both Adam AND Warner? Just please God, don’t make this another Ren/Shay situation like we had in Bloodrose (by Andrea Cremer) because truly, my heart cannot survive something like that again. As desperate as I am to read the next book, it MIGHT actually kill me. It seems strange to long for my potential death.

Unravel Me was published on 5th February, 2013. To find out more about Tahereh Mafi and her books, please click here. There is no book trailer at present for Unravel Me so I thought I’d share the trailer for Destroy Me because really, it’s all about Warner. Enough said.