Book Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

SERIES. Shatter Me, Book One
RELEASE DATE. February 5, 2013
PUBLISHER. HarperCollins
PAGES. 480
AGE GROUP. Young Adult
GENRE/S. Dystopia, Romance, Science Fiction
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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.

THOUGHTS. Reading Unravel Me didn’t take me a day, two days, or three days to finish. It took me longer than expected. It took me several days of slow contemplation, several days of careful judgment, and several days of utter wonderment. And there were many two reasons why: one, I wanted to absorb every word of every line of every page of this book; and two, it just happened that no warning sign was again issued to me that transported me to Juliette’s tangible world at once and I couldn’t get out—so easily.

Once again, I was left blinded by Mafi’s beautiful and mesmerizing words. Ever since Shatter Me, I have become a solid fan of Tahereh Mafi simply because of how she carefully chose words and uniquely played with them that inexplicably resonate a thousand emotions. Even with her juxtaposition and tropes of themes—like death, fear, hope, love and redemption—to both living and non-living things plus the constant strike-throughs made this series a truly unique and breathtaking experience.

But as we all know, the strength of this series never stops there.

Let us not forget the stars of this series, the brightest indeed; the amazingly flawed characters of Juliette, Adam, Warner and Kenji. In Shatter Me, Mafi introduced us to them with missing and puzzling pieces of their lives and their personalities. This time, in Unravel Me, they’re almost too human to be considered as fictional characters. Mafi had unraveled them; amplified them. It’s refreshing to see a side of them I never knew in Shatter Me. Mafi also brought out a new cast of characters that tested, ruined and took out the best in the characters that made this journey worthwhile. Eventually, Mafi is not only a master of imaginative prose. She is also an author who can create characters in such a natural way that you will love them, hate them, scream at them and root for them as they come to terms of their own powers and their own destinies.

Unravel Me is, without a doubt, Mafi’s most gripping work yet. Mafi was able to keep yet outdid her style and skill in Unravel Me thus making it a stronger sequel than its powerful debut. She ambushed me with scenes both alluring and intoxicating, gunned me with words both beautiful and unforgettable, and bruised me with revelations both intensifying and shocking. Tahereh Mafi’s style of telling a story is just addictive, irresistible and at times magical. What makes it so are not just the harrowing story and the unique way she writes but by the way her characters are manipulated and prejudiced by love.

With the surprising turn of events in Unravel Me, I suppose Tahereh Mafi has something more in her sleeves and that I cannot wait to know. I’m just appalled that one day, Mafi will come out holding out the ending to my world to this series, only to taunt and to torture to amaze and to surprise me once again.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR. Tahereh Mafi is a girl. She’s 24. She was born in a small city somewhere in Connecticut and currently resides in Orange County, California, where she drinks too much caffeine and finds the weather to be just a little too perfect for her taste. When unable to find a book, she can be found reading candy wrappers, coupons, and old receipts. 
SHATTER ME is her first novel.


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