Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi [REVIEW]

TITLE: Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2)
AUTHOR: Tahereh Mafi
PUBLISHER: HarperCollins
PUB DATE: Feb 5 2013
Summary from Goodreads:

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."


Well... that was one intense book!

I honestly don’t know what to make of Unravel Me. I loved it and hated all at the same time.

I love Adam from Shatter Me and I’m solidly rooting for him but I hated seeing him all broken and confused here. I feel like he took a step back from the strong, favourable character that he was before. It’s sad.

I loved seeing a different side of Warner; it’s a little uncomfortable for me to think that it makes me see him worthy of Juliette. As much as I hate to admit it, but getting to know this side of Warner made me understand why he too has just as much fan-girls as Adam. He’s still creepy and psychotic though, but still...

Sheesh! This love triangle is probably the most intense part of this book. It’s a little exhausting even. I wish Juliette would make up her mind sooner, but I understand that given all that she’s been through, she is bound to be struggling on her decision.

See, that’s another thing I find troubling here - Juliette was constantly in hot water. She lost all the confidence she’s come to develop during the end of Shatter Me. She’s back to feeling sorry for herself and at some point it got a little annoying. And yet there are times that I can’t help but empathize with her. Then I got to see her voice this out: “What I really want to say is who the hell do you think you are to tell me that it's awesome to be able to kill a living thing, that it's interesting to be able to ensnare another soul, that it's fair to choose a victim simply because I'm capable of killing without a gun..” And that just made me admire her.

What I love most about this book is Kenji. His character just got even more awesome than he already was in the first book. He’s funny and hot. And he just makes everything all the more exciting! Good ol’ honest to goodness, Kenji had become one of the foundations for Juliette to snap out of her moping around and self loathing.

As for the infamous Chapter 62... thank goodness it’s not as bad as I thought it would be. Close. But not so. *Whew* Ha! Ha!

There are a lot of shocking revelations in Unravel Me that never really crossed my mind, so I treasured and cursed the idea all at the same time. Wow, the craziness of all this is catching up on me! Now if you think Warner was bad... *scoffs* wait till you meet Commander in Chief Anderson.

The ending feels a little anticlimactic though. Maybe it’s because I already expected Warner’s decision. I’m also still absorbing the idea of what Adam and Warner are truly capable of and I’m looking forward to seeing them make use of what they have.

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