!The following review contains spoilers!
I don’t know where to start…
I’m afraid I don’t know enough words to describe how much I loved this book; this series as a whole thus far.
Going into Unravel Me I wanted to see a little bit more of a world development in comparison to Shatter Me. I was eager to learn more details about why is the environment the way it is, why are people the way they are, some background to answer all my questions. But then I dived right into Unravel Me and nothing matter anymore, because that book is amazing as it is.
It is longer than Shatter Me and it focuses heavily on character development, Juliette and Adam in particular, but surprisingly, also Warner.
The story of Juliette continues as she tries to make a new life at the headquarters of the rebel resistance. Juliette will finally be able to learn how to fight against the Reestablishment and try to fix the world.
Tahereh Mafi writes perfectly imperfect characters that I had no choice but to fall in love with.
The romance in this novel reminded me a lot of the love triangle in ACOTAR series. And as much as I hated it in ACOTAR (it was so badly written), I was all up for it in Unravel Me. Tahereh Mafi took her time to allow the reader to get to know all main characters. We got to learn their strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, desires, past and the present. I can’t remember the last time I fell for a villain in a novel, but I cannot stop myself from feeling sympathetic towards Warner. The author actually made a convincing case for why this love triangle is a legitimate thing to exist in the first place. There was no shaming Adam or suddenly creating him into an awful person (Like it was the case in ACOTAR). Instead, he remained the same sweet-heart he was in Shatter Me. As the novel progresses, so does Juliette and it feels natural and real that her needs and desires change as well. She didn’t require to be protected anymore, she needed someone to walk by her side, knowing how great she is.
Why I LOVE Warner:
Books are easily destroyed. But words will live as long as people can remember that. Tattoos, for example, are very hard to forget. I think there’s something about the impermanence of life these days that makes it necessary to etch ink into our skin. It reminds us that we’ve been marked by the world, that we’re still alive. That we’ll never forget.
You’re going to go on to do incredible things,” he says. “I’ve always known that. I think I just wanted to be a part of it.
I am nothing more than the consequence of catastrophe.
All that love shite aside, biggest reason I adore this book is Kenji! He is the friend we don’t always appreciate but we need in our lives. He keeps it real, he says exactly how it is, doesn’t hold back. There is more to Kenji that he lets people see, but once we got to know him, he is a deeply-caring man who hides his pain behind jokes and humour.
But you come here and you don’t even seen to want to be a part of anything. You don’t talk to people. You don’t make any progress with your training. You do nothing, basically.
Good intentions are great, but they don’t change the facts.
Overall, the writing is exceptional and the story is thrilling. It is a beautiful tale of self-discovery that I simply couldn’t put down. I will continue the series right away, diving straight into the 3rd book in the series, Ignite Me.
I wish I knew more words or that I was better at writing to be able to describe more accurately what this series meant for me.
I enjoyed reading Unravel Me and I hope you enjoyed reading this review.
Until next time, Dream On, Dreamers!