Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi was one of my favourite books of 2011. I really enjoyed a number of things about the book; the writing, the characterization, the plot. I loved it. Utterly. Though I have had the sequel for some time I read it when the final came out. Unravel Me could be one of those sequels that fell flat and I think, on some level, I was terrified of that. I couldn’t be happier with the second book. It’s one of those sequels that improves the first book. Completely.
Juliette has escaped the Reestablishment in Sector 45. She has found a place among the resistance in Omega Point. Surrounded by others with bizarre gifts like her Juliette finds a home that she has never known. Her relationship with Adam flourishes despite her inability to forget Warner, the man who held her captive. Though she is moving on Juliette will never be able to escape who she is and what she can do with one touch.
This is very much a middle book. However, it’s a good middle book, one that makes the reader pine for book three. I would never encouraged anyone to read this unless they have picked up Shatter Me, the first book in the series (and potentially Destroy Me, a short novella in between books one and two). I think you will lose too much of the character dynamics by jumping into Unravel Me. This book relies on the strength of book one. But like I said before it makes book one better. I wanted to restart it almost immediately but I know that I will want to do that when book three comes out. I couldn’t be more pleased… it’s a series that I immediately wanted to start again! What does that say for it?
Those who have read the first book know that there is a massive love triangle built between Juliette, Adam, and Warner. You also know how good it is. This book will divide the fans, particularly if you fall firmly on one side of the triangle. You may find yourself switching teams. This is a really good book for one of the men… the one I am rooting for, actually. Seriously, if Tahereh Mafi does not end this series with Juliette choosing HIM I will never forgive her.
Particularly after this book.
…Especially after this book…
(It’s so good!)
I guess I will begin the arduous task of waiting patiently Le sigh. Until then, 5 out of 5 stars for Unravel Me. I loved it.