U: Unravel Me Review #AtoZChallenge
U is for Unravel Me, the second book in Tahereh Mafi’s NYT Bestselling trilogy. You can read my review of the first, Shatter Me, here. The last book, Ignite Me, released earlier this year.
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.
Can I say I’m so so glad Ignite Me is out so I don’t have to wait to read it??
Adam has been drifting away from Juliette and she finds out why—he found his gift; the ability to shut down/repel other gifts. Which means his body has to work overtime to counteract Juliette’s. And when she almost kills him, she rationalizes breaking his heart is better than permanently breaking his body.
Much of the book is about Juliette gaining the courage to stand up with the Omega Point people against the Reestablishment and discovering more about her gift—which turns out to be bigger and more dangerous than she could ever imagine.
Kenji is back in fine form—humorous as ever and a true light in Juliette’s life. At one point he calls her selfish for hiding inside herself, but his words help to wake her up to the world outside. But will she still choose to be brave when war breaks out around them?
Then when Adam and Juliette finally come to an understand, who comes waltzing into her life but Warner. Warner—who has her journal from the prisons. Warner—who knows her deepest thoughts and darkest secrets. Warner—who is still madly in love with her. Warner—who can still touch her.
I haven’t read the novellas from Warner’s POV, so I wasn’t expecting to like him as much as I did. I think it speaks to Mafi’s skill how she can take an unlikeable character and make you like him—and even almost root for him by the end of one book!
My one complaint is that we see more character growth from Warner and Juliette than Adam, but this could be because of Juliette’s distance from her ex-boyfriend. Unravel Me is written as beautifully as ever, with twists near the end to end on an appropriate cliffhanger. It’s a solid sequel and worth reading. And now for that final book . . .
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Read the enovellas from Warner and Adam’s point of view, Destroy Me and Fracture Me.