Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Published: February 5th 2013
Publisher: Harper Collins
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.
Once again, lets give a round of applause for another stunning cover. This is likely my all time favorite book cover. It’s just so beautiful.
Our story begins a little bit after the point where we left off in Shatter Me, but now in a place where we would have expected. Juliette is struggling to fit into Omega Point. Being newly ostracized by her “equals” and barely seeing Adam, she slowly begins to regress to her previous self. A big part of the beginning of this book is seeing Juliette struggling to make connections she so dearly needs to make.
Adam is in a constant struggle for most of this book. He has an ability which enables him to deflect peoples powers – but with a twist. The more he becomes comfortable with someone, the weaker his power becomes. This discovery presents a huge issue with Juliette, and something bad does happen to Adam because of this. The result? Juliette breaks up with him to save him, and they’re both completely shattered. But that’s the only similarity you see between them – Juliette uses this heartbreak to become stronger, whereas Adam has very little – if any – character development.
Kenji plays a big role in this book. The platonic relationship between Kenji & Juliette is completely refreshing and shocks her into growing up. He destroys her MANY times in this book with logic and a “get over it” speech. Some of his lectures were incredibly harsh but they provided a solid kick in the ass for Juliette. She ends up maturing a lot, sulks much less, and starts to become an active member of the underground rebel community. So not only did Kenji serve a big role in getting Juliette out of her ass, he did it while providing some much needed comic relief.
The romance is heartbreak-y and twisty with a side of love triangle. Yep, our favorite villain,
Warner Aaron, is back with a vengeance. And I have to admit his perspective and thoughts of Juliette are super insta-lovey. He is madly in love with her and it kind of blows my mind. I’m trying not to ship it… but I slowly am… and I just don’t understand how it got to this point. Oh wait…. now I remember….
It’s like Adam was a thing in Shatter Me and now he’s not, and all his lines are now shifted to Aaron and it’s so conflicting. You really want to hate Aaron but you kind of can’t and it sucks but it’s perfect #aaaaaaaahhh. We also get to learn what Aaron’s ability is and it gives you so many happy feels because you ultimately want Juliette to be happy. I just don’t like feeling like Mafi bribed us into being “okay” with this pairing by using pages upon pages of love scenes between them.
I’m not really sure if I like this book more than the first. I think the writing took a little bit of a hit. One of the major things I loved about Shatter Me was how poetical it was. There still was a tinge of that in this book but it wasn’t done as well and it’s noticeable. I am really excited to see how book 3 pans out. Also #teamjaaron.