Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
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.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Shatter Me was OK. I felt the whole superhero feel, more interesting than all those strike through across thoughts she had. And the twists of what she could do, more interesting than the flowery way a moment was described. So you’d be surprised by how things are presented in UNRAVEL ME:
The odd comparisons are toned down, the linking of one image to the next not as common. You’ll also find Juliette more capable of straight talking than you’d think possible given her purply introductions in Book One. Is that a bad thing? I don’t think so. And even when there were moments such as those, moments that had the angst flowing over time, well there’s a balance that… wait for it... Kenji allowed. So, yes… this was a good sequel, dare I say even better than the first, or perhaps it was less frustrating? Because wading through her words to get to the core of it, not so difficult this time around. Plus…wow. Mafi certainly knows how to write those twists in, doesn’t she?
On two things, I’m iffy:
First, Juliette’s got two modes going for her, and though mopy then mopier seems appropriate, that’s not the case. Mopey then confused seems more apt. It’s the emotional I could have done without…so it’s the confused side that had me wondering right along side her. The second was all Adam and all the sads his and her situation brought about, that is when shirtless boy wonder was present because the boy was less present this time around… and when he was well, oh the angst, more than palpable.!
On other things, I’m unsurprised:
Warner- Juliette-Adam. You’d think I’d be over them by now… except their particular brand of confusion is done in such an exciting way. Was it necessary, bringing things up that level? Yes… because the complications for Adam and the sads you feel for him. Then the (OK I, lied) the surprising sympathy that the situation calls out of you for Warner… and wow, didn’t I say this was complicated? I didn’t? Well, it was! And I do love me some complications.
Then other things, I loved:
I love KENJI, straight up bottom line, no doubt about it, love the guy. Sure, Juliette got some unintentional laughs out of me, but with her and Kenji things balanced out. There’s a rightness struck between Kenji’s straight talking no nonsense moments to her flowery tongue. She’d angst, then he’d cut through the crap. I loved that! I love all those tense emotional bits cut short with Kenji’s snark; the number of wins per page in this one soared because of him (and that’s even when he’s being preachy.)
On Warner, it was less love, more curious. There’s a surprising sympathy his situation had me feeling for him as well as confusion for feeling the same at all. Needless to say, he is more than who you think he is: not a monster all the time, after all. The same boat.. feelings of being beyond redemption and all that, plus too many secrets and then all those revelations that hints at there being more.
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