Book: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Summary (from GoodReads): tickticktickticktickit’s almosttime 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.
Thoughts: I won’t lie. I was underwhelmed by Shatter Me and didn’t plan on reading Unravel Me. I mean, I was curious about what would happen, but there were so many other books I wanted to read. I had decided to read all the spoilers on Wikipedia once the last book came out, but then Rachel flipped out about how awesome the second book is, so I requested it from the library. I expected to just skim it (I never do this), but ended up getting sucked in. Unravel Me is addicting and addresses all the things I didn’t like about the first book while staying true to its characters and world.
Something that drove me crazy in the first book is Juliette constantly switching from throwing herself the most extreme pity party to making out with Adam like her life depended on it. Yes, this trend continues in Unravel Me, but this time Kenji, one of Juliette’s few friends, starts calling her out. He is hilarious and his actions kept me sucked in as Juliette made her transition from world class moper to world class badass.
Another change that I liked is that the stream of consciousness (with crossed out thoughts) is present enough to preserve Juliette’s voice without being overpowering. Warner, easily my favorite character (although Kenji is a very close second), also has some great scenes in the sequel. He forces Juliette to ask the hard questions, like when do you give up on humanity? and At what point is a person beyond redemption? These are serious questions, the kinds of questions that define this series and make it worth reading. In the midst of all this is a ton of action: fights with guns, fights with super powers, and quite a few didn’t-see-that-coming reveals. While reading I sent more than a few texts that consisted entirely of “OMGOMGOMGOMG.” I am so glad that Rachel made me read this, because I found it delightful.
Moments I Loved: Chapter 62. Yeah, I went there. Other than that… any scene with Kenji.
WTF Moments: That moment you learn something about Warner’s dad (he’s basically a sexy version of Voldemort) and Juliette’s perfect boyfriend, Adam Kent. Did not see that coming.
Overall: Even if you didn’t love the first book, Unravel me is a book you don’t want to miss.