Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 27 March, 2013 by Amanda / 25 Comments

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi {Amanda’s Review}Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #2
Also in this series: Ignite Me
Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 480
Format: Hardcover
Source: Gifted






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.

I changed teams. That’s a first.

Thoughts on Unravel Me

Shatter Me was one of my favorite books of 2011, with a coveted 10 rating. It should really come as no surprise, then, that I would pick up Unravel Me, the second book in the series. Desperate as I was for more of this series, I also read Destroy Me, the novella from Warner’s point of view that bridges the two stories. It’s this novella that really changed how I felt and yes, led me to changing teams. There is so much more to Warner than our view of him in Shatter Me, and all his anti-hero potential in Destroy Me is realized in Unravel Me.

Though this is a worthy second book, it didn’t quite hit me the way the first did. The poetic nature of Juliette’s narration is dulled, but the stream of consciousness style remains. It was okay, but I ended up looking forward to Juliette’s interactions with the other characters–Kenji and Warner in particular. Those two stole the book for me, in completely different ways. Juliette was vaguely annoying. Kenji is irrepressible, his humor ever present and his drive to succeed against the Reestablishment stronger than ever. Warner is…Warner. (OH, WARNER.) Adam loses his spark somewhat. He’s just… well, he doesn’t play as big a role in this book, and Juliette has some interesting revelations about herself and her relationship with Adam.

Um. So, in this book, THINGS HAPPEN. LOTS OF THINGS. We learn secrets. The plot thickens. We meet Warner’s dad. Castle and the resistance gear up to fight. Things are going DOWN in Juliette’s world. (Yes, there’s a love triangle. No, I’m not all that bothered by it. Well, I’m bothered by Juliette’s reaction to it, but the fact it exists does not.) I don’t know that I’m still satisfied with the amount of information we have about the Reestablishment and I want to know MORE. I think Tahereh Mafi has set up the ending of Unravel Me to give us more information in book 3.

I hope.

Until then, I shall twiddle my thumbs, look accusingly at my calendar (“What? The next novella isn’t out yet?”), and reread Destroy Me.



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25 Responses to “Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. Oh 2nd book blues! Ok. Is Destroy Me necessary to read to really GET Warner?

    You’d think Juliette’s inner dialogue slash thrus wouldn’t be really necessary now that she is OUT, etc.

  2. Welcome to Warner-land!! I agree with you that Kenji and Warner stole the show here. Adam really wasnt involved much. And Juliette was busy feeling sorry for herself. Though, at the end I think we see Juliette get out of her rut and I think book three is gonna be CRAZY. CAN’T WAIT. I need this Kenji novella ASAP !

  3. But…but…Warner’s such a DOUCHE in Book 1!! And I haven’t read the novella or book 2 yet, so I’m so not on his team. I don’t know if I can stand the anticipation or waiting for book 3 if I read book 2 and get all antsy. I’m gonna wait. *twiddles thumbs with you* *whistles*

  4. AMANDA YOU CHANGED TEAMS?! NOOOOOOOO! Everyone seems to have hopped on the Warner train after Destroy Me, so I’m kind of all alone in my Team Adam camp. *looks around and sees no one* Sigh. I have yet to read Destroy Me and Unravel Me though, so this might explain my current Adam loyalty. I have never switched teams though Amanda. NEVER! Once I pick a guy I stick with him, so I’m all nervous Warner’s going to win me over:)

    • I HAVE NEVER CHANGED TEAMS BEFORE. Jenny, this is a new level of WTFuckery and I’m not sure how it happened, but TAHEREH MAFI IS AN EVIL GENIUS AND IT HAS HAPPENED.

      Once you read Destroy Me and Unravel Me, perhaps my team switch will make more sense. We will have to DISCUSS once you do read them.

  5. I love that you love. SERIOUSLY. Also. It’s funny that you like Adam less in this book because I like him MORE. He’s all flawed and human instead of perfect and pretty. Which annoyed me.

    BUT ANYWAY. YAY WARNER. I’m not Team Warner just because I think that would be THE MOST destructive, unhealthy relationships EVER, but I get it. *wink*

    And now, I too will wait for more amazingness to come with you. NEXT BOOK/NOVELLA PLEASE COME OUT SOONER.

  6. The Warner love seems to be pretty popular! I guess I should get to Destroy Me STAT.

    I really liked Shatter Me, but the more time that passes since I read it, the more I’m resistant to picking up Unravel Me. I can’t put my finger on why and it’s making me crazy! You’ve piqued my interest though with the secretses and whatnot. Maybe it’ll be my next library hold.

    • I knooooow. Kind of crazy, isn’t it? I definitely recommend reading Destroy Me first. Might get you over the resistance to picking up Unravel Me. (Unless you have resistance to Destroy Me, too.)