Book Review – Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi

March 6, 2014 Bonnie Book Reviews, Read in 2014, YA 17 Comments

Book Review – Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh MafiUnravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #2
Published by HarperCollins on February 5, 2013
Pages: 480
Genres: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic, Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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Also by this author: Shatter Me, Fracture Me, Ignite Me

two-stars

The New York Times bestselling sequel to the groundbreaking dystopian novel Shatter Me! Kami Garcia, coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestselling Beautiful Creatures series, says Unravel Me is "dangerous, sexy, romantic, and intense. I dare you to stop reading."

Juliette is still haunted by her deadly touch. But now that she has teamed up with other rebels with powers of their own, she'll be able to fight back against The Reestablishment to save her broken world. With the help of these new allies, she'll also finally learn the secret behind Adam's—and Warner's—immunity to her killer skin.

Unravel Me is perfect for fans who crave action-packed young adult novels with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu. Ransom Riggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, raves: "A thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love, the Shatter Me series is a must-read for fans of dystopian young-adult literature—or any literature!"

Shatter Me series

Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) {PurchaseMy Review}
Destroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5) {Purchase}

‘I don’t understand what’s happening or why he seems so uncertain about me and us and him and me and he and I and all of those pronouns put together.’

What. The. Fuck. Just stop talking.

Yeah, I don’t understand why I’m still reading this series either. I’m clearly the black sheep. Baa.

Unravel Me picks up where Shatter Me left off with Juliette trying desperately to get along with the rebel resistance that saved her life. Despite being surrounded by people just like her, she’s never felt like more of an outcast. Her powers are far more dangerous than any of the others and it’s easy for them to fear the unknown. Adam is also acting differently towards her and Juliette fears that the tests he’s been undergoing to determine why he’s able to touch her means their relationship will never be the same.

So my biggest issue with this book is lack of overall development in each and every part of this story. The storyline itself, the characters, etc. Nothing made progress. I think Juliette actually did some backtracking back to the weakling she was when she was alone in her cell. Not having the connection with Adam caused her to become this whiny, sniveling character that drove me absolutely batty. She spent a tremendous amount of time keeping secrets from everyone that obviously would have helped the situation the resistance found themselves in. It was ridiculous.

The love triangle continued, of course, and that was of course the sole focus of Unravel Me even when there were far greater concerns that could have been delved into. I’m sure if you’re into a more romance focused story then this will be your thing but if you’re going to slap a dystopian genre tag on a book I’m going to expect some detailed exploration into the world-building. The drama and angst was great and Juliette was so beyond ridiculous that she stopped caring completely for her future because she was determined to ‘live in the moment’.

‘His right hand slides up my spine and tugs on the zipper holding my suit together until its halfway down my back and I don’t care. I have 17 years to make up for and I want to feel everything. I’m not interested in waiting around and risking the who-knows and the what-ifs and the huge regrets.’

hahaha Just remember to wear a condom!

So by this point I’m obviously in for the long haul so I will be picking up Ignite Me. I don’t have much hope for Juliette making a noble sacrifice and putting her out of my misery but I do retain hope that the dystopian society will be explored in more detail considering this is the final installment. My hopes are not high though.

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17 Responses to “Book Review – Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi”

    • Bonnie

      I don’t know why I’m reading #3. It’s definitely not for me either and the writing style also infuriates me but I figure I might as well find out how it all ends. I’ll probably hate myself for wasting my own time. lol

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  1. Jennifer | Book Den

    🙂 You are such a glutton for punishment. I just noticed for the first time there is a strike-through on the cover’s tagline. Does this book have those, too? I was thinking those were supposed to go away after the first one.

    Good luck with #3, Bonnie! I hope you get some dystopia in your dystopian.
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    • Bonnie

      I AM. I don’t know why I do this to myself. The strike-throughs were less in this book but still existed.

      Thanks, I’m going to need it. Lol

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  2. Heidi

    Ha ha… you sealed the deal, I am not continuing with this series especially since I now know how the whole love triangle ends. I see it didn’t get any better and I can’t believe you are torturing yourself. Are you going to read all the blasted novellas?
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  3. Jasprit

    Sorry this book wasn’t your cup of tea Bonnie! I think this was probably my favourite book in the series, so I will have my fingers crossed that the final book will hopefully win you over! Go you for continuing with the series, despite this book not leaving you with the greatest impression!
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    • Bonnie

      Yeah, while I didn’t care for it very much I feel the need to find out the resolution to everything. So I’m hoping it’s all worth while. 😀

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  4. Rachel @ Paper Cuts

    LOL. I have this feeling you’re definitely not going to like Ignite Me, but I definitely look forward to reading your review. I really enjoy this series, but it’s one of those that I enjoy despite the problems. Juliette really is annoying in this one, though, losing all the progress she made in the first book and becoming whiny. Great review Bonnie! 😀
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