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.
The last time we saw Juliette, she had just arrived at Omega Point and the future, for once in her life, was looking bright: the love of her life was alive and by her side, others with curses gifts existed, and a resistance against The Reestablishment was well under way. Life could only get better for Juliette, right? Wrong. War is coming faster than anticipated, Adam is being distant, and Warner is getting way too close.
In Unravel Me, the sequel to Tahereh Mafi’s compelling debut Shatter Me (my review here), Juliette must face the reality of her lethal touch instead of shying away from it and pretending it doesn’t exist. This task takes its toll on the already mentally strained Juliette. Her powers could help save her new friends, but learning to harness her powers also means using her powers—something she has spent seventeen years avoiding.
Juliette’s strength is her humanity, but it is also a weakness as it causes her to get so wrapped up in her own head that she is barely functional. I love that Kenji calls he out on this and tells her to buck up because the people of Omega Point need her and her self-deprecation was beginning to border on whiny. Juliette really needed that jolt. Where Shatter Me was all about Juliette’s strength of mind to love and value humanity even though it turned its back on her, Unravel Me explores Juliette’s strength of character, as well as her physical strength. We get to see just how deeply her compassion runs, even when it comes to dealing with the enigmatic Warner. She is still very much broken, but her heart is stronger than even she realizes.
The beautifully unique writing style we came to love in Shatter Me is back in this sequel and just as emotionally raw as ever. More like poetry in prose form, Mafi’s writing still holds this reader completely captive. There were perhaps one too many moments where Juliette felt the sheer intensity would kill her, but I could read Juliette’s narrative voice for hours.
A wonderful blend of old characters and new, Unravel Me is intense, electrifying, unexpected and swoon-worthy in all the right ways. A lot of choices will need to be made in Book 3 and I for one will be hanging on to every delish moment of it.
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½ (4.5/5 hearts)
PS. I’m absolutely in love with the redesign of the covers for this series! So gorgeous!