Review: Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi

August 19, 2013 Book Review, YA, Young Adult 28 ★★★★★

Unravel MeUnravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #2
Published by HarperCollins on February 5th 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Supernatural, Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Won
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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.

 

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Sorry guys, this review may be spoilery.

When the cover was released for the third and final book in this series, Ignite Me, I vowed to finally stop staring at Unravel Me on my shelf and pick it up. See, I was nervous. Why? Well, I absolutely loved Shatter Me (my review) and with that, our dear Adam as a love interest. He was sweet, swoony and completely dedicated to Juliette. When reviews started to go live for this sequel, everyone seemed to have jumped ship to Team Warner, hence my hesitation. But I finally gave in and here is what I thought.

At the end of Shatter Me, the book picked up an almost X-Men type feel as Juliette arrives at Omega Point and finds others with abilities, like herself. We learn a lot more about the resistance and how they all work together, learning to control these abilities and put them to good use for the people. I wasn’t initially sure how well this would work out at the end of Shatter Me but I must say, I really liked it! We find out so much more about Kenji’s ability as well as why exactly it is that Adam can touch Juliette when almost no one else can. The plot has some really exciting and heart-pounding moments and it all just made me fall more and more in love with the author’s writing.

Kenji was a bright star in this novel. He continues to make his presence known with his cockiness, humor and wit. And he is so dedicated to the cause and his friends at all costs. He is absolutely one of my favorite characters in these books, if not THEE favorite.

Now for Warner… I liked him a lot as a villain in the last book. He was tricky and confident and that continues to be seen. But we also find out so much more about him (in Destroy Me the novella too). He is so very complex with so many layers that are starting to be peeled back. Tahereh Mafi made him more likable and relatable this time around. And I can see Juliette relating to him and his tortured past. Chapter 62, guys? So very hot. HOT. BUT, I don’t know, I’m not sold on this relationship. I feel like Warner likes to play games and his thing with Juliette is like an obsession. And I can’t completely ignore the terrible things he has done enough to be rooting for him as the love interest here.

What I heard about Adam before reading this is that he is really mopey in this book. Honestly, I didn’t personally see that. I saw a boy who was desperately in love with his girlfriend and something had changed to make their relationship not 100% safe and SHE broke it off and it killed him. I also see someone who is dealing with a lot of revelations about his past, his present, and the future. He had every reason to be upset about that. If anything, I found Juliette to be a little annoying by pushing him away for ‘his own good’ (how many times has this been a complaint in other series?) and keeping secrets from him. I get that she saw herself relying on him too much, but I didn’t feel like a breakup was necessary. It was like she gave up on him, which is sad since she kept saying throughout the book how much she loves him. I have hope that there is something to be rebuilt between the two in the last book. Please, pretty please?

Overall, this was one sequel that tore me in two and took the series to another level. I’m glad I finally gave it a chance and believe me, it was worth it! The wait until Ignite Me will be killer, but at least by me putting this one off for so long has lessened the wait between books. I highly recommend this series to all!

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About Tahereh Mafi

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Sara @ Forever 17 Books

28 Responses to “Review: Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi”

  1. Tanja - Tanychy

    I agree with you this was an amazing sequel. I got closer to Warner and now I can’t wait to read the next book. I expect a lot. Great review and congrats on 1000 likes! 🙂

  2. Natalie Aguirre

    So agree with your review. I was glad to see more of who Warner was and much as I liked this, I did get a bit annoyed with Juliette too. Can’t wait for the last book in the series to come out.

  3. Andreea G.

    I loved Shatter me, but somehow I didn’t enjoy this sequel so much, mainly because I found Juliette to be a little too passive for me taste and she was just so confused and didn’t know what she really wanted. Glad you enjoyed it though.

    Andreea

    • Sara @ Forever 17 Books

      She definitely is at some sort of a crossroads. She is confused and doesn’t know what she wants. At times I found it annoying and other times it made sense to me. It’ll be interesting to see how the last book wraps these things up.

  4. Nick

    Oh my goodness! I love you for this review. I’m so glad that I’m not the only one who’s not completely into a Warner-Juliette relationship. Warner was definitely a fascinating villain but forgiving him is never going to be an easy task for me. The things he did were not really forgivable. I also think what he has for Juliette is more like an obsession and he wants to “own” her more than anything.
    I’m also really happy that you didn’t see Adam as mopey. I love your paragraph about him. It frustrated me when people started saying that Adam had become an whiny pathetic character. He went through a lot in this book and I felt so bad for him and annoyed at Juliette for what she did to him.
    Anyways, enough of me ranting about the love triangle.
    I loved Kenji too. There’s no doubt in my mind that he is the character that made this book for me. I wish it were written in his POV.
    Fabulous review, Sara! So glad you liked this one. 🙂

  5. Shooting Stars Mag

    I only read the end of this review as I haven’t read these books yet. I’m glad you loved it though and are excited for the next novel! Always a good sign for a series. 🙂

  6. Alise (Readers In Wonderland)

    Ah, yes, the famous chapter 62. Everyone seems to be talking about it, I’ve always had a soft spot for Warner. I’m reading Unravel Me right now although I’m only about 60 pages in. I agree about Adam, even with how little I have read he seems depressed. Great review, Sara!

  7. yaescapefromreality

    This is such a well-done sequel, one that I think is even better than the first book. And I completely agree with you about Warner and Adam. Yes, I understand Warner a lot more now and he is more gray than black, yes, there is chemistry between the two, but come on, look at all of the terrible things he has done! I’m still rooting for Adam. But the author has done a fantastic job creating a true love triangle where people are honestly choosing sides. Great review! ~Pam

  8. Nereyda @Mostly YA Book Obsessed

    So happy you loved this one, even if you aren’t on Team Warner but that’s okay. You know me and killers so of course I’m a Warner fan. I am so excited/nervous/scared for the last book! I love/hate when I don’t know who the chick will end up with (like the Unearthly series).

  9. MåїÐ»-(¯`v´¯)-»

    I skimmed your review cause I haven’t read the first book yet, but I have heard nothing but amazing things about this series. I can’t wait to dive in to it and experience the world building and meet the characters, especially Adam and Warner. It’ll be fun to see which team I’ll end up on, even if I’m not fond of love triangles. lol ;p I’m so glad you enjoyed this one, Sara! Great review! 😀

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

  10. Sydney

    I LOVED this book. This series has got to be one of my all time favorites! Kenji really shined in this one for me and I CANNOT wait for Ignite Me!

    ~Sydney@Pika Pages

  11. lilysbookblog.com

    THANK THE HEAVENS SARA! YOU FINALLY PICKED UP THIS BOOK! I remember nagging you on twitter once back in March or something to read unravel Me but you shared your hesitance because of the whole love triangle thing. And I understood where you were coming from, but THANK GOD YOU FINALLY PICKED THIS ONE UP!
    I remember being drawn to Warner in book one and not falling a hundred percent for Adam and then Destroy Me came out and I knew the complexity that was Warner had my heart. in Unravel Me I was so completely in love with Warner and just felt for him but at the very beginning I finally saw what everyone else had seen in Adam in book one. That being said though I am still completely Team Warner. I get what you meant by thinking his love for juliette was an obsession, I mean a get it, but someone love makes you obsessive, right? Haha, anyways LOVE your review Sara!

    Lily @ Lilysbookblog

  12. starryeyedjen

    I’m one of those who found Adam rather whiney. I admit, Juliette wasn’t much better, but Warner stole the book for me. And, oh, chapter 62….sooo hott. 🙂 I’m so glad you found the time for these…and that you don’t have to die of the waiting for as long as the rest of us! 😛

  13. Lauren @ Love is not a triangle

    I agree with this review 100% YES YES YES. I would just like to copy it and put it in this comment with a gold star. ESPECIALLY that paragraph about Adam. It gave me chills. I agree, Warner is definitely attractive, but he IS obsessive and has done stuff I can’t forgive. I’m also not sure how real his feelings for Juliette are beyond that. I think for Adam, it seems like he was intentionally pushed to the side a bit in this story, I think he’s also dynamic and passionate and will hopefully bring it back BIG TIME in the next one. Oh Juliette, stop moping and start standing up for yourself. Please stop thinking that an ability to touch someone means automatically that they are right for you. Now you can touch Warner and not Adam? Doesn’t mean you need to switch like you did. Anyway, Sara, Awesome thoughts!

  14. Sunny Duvall

    KENJIIIIIII! Love him. To bits. My gosh, I want Kenji to have his own book. I personally didn’t like Adam, but maybe I should reread it (if I can stomach Juliette since she got on my nerves) and look at it from your perspective! Warner won for me, but I definitely see how you don’t think so! Great review 🙂

  15. Jennifer @ Some Like It Paranormal

    Kenji is quite a scene stealer! So hilarious! I love Warner and Adam. I think Warner’s feelings are true. I felt bad for Adam. I also get annoyed when a character pushes the other one away for his/her own good. But I did understand Juliette wanting to wait until Adam got his power under control before they touch so that she doesn’t hurt him.
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  16. Tiffany Drew

    I wasn’t blown away with Shatter Me but still gave Unravel Me a chance. Man was I glad I did! I’ll admit I’m torn between Adam and Warner, they both have their attractive qualities but they both also tick me off in ways too. I’m hoping for some serious butt kicking from Juliette in Ignite Me. No more moping!

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