February 5, 2013
Series: Book two in the Shatter Me trilogy
*This review will spoil anyone who hasn’t read Shatter Me*
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi is the second installment in the Shatter Me trilogy, and I have to say that it didn’t fully live up to my expectations. It was, however, still captivating and intensely heart-pounding with new characters, action-packed battle scenes, and a steaming hot love triangle.
To be quite honest, there isn’t anything that I really hated about this book, except for Juliette’s indecision. Yes, she is trapped in the middle of a love triangle. Yes, I understood her conflict at times, but I didn’t like how easily she succumbed to it. I’m sure all of you have heard of the famous Chapter 62, and I have to say, I think that chapter was supposed to act as a choice-maker for Juliette. I’m extremely glad she was still undecided afterwards, because I think I might have pulled out my hair if she decided who she was going to be with. But, evil Ms. Mafi, playing with the reader’s emotions. She has a way with words that kind of makes your heart scoot closer to the opposing side of the love triangle.
Speaking of Tahereh’s way with words, her writing in Unravel Me has changed– that is, it’s gotten better than it was in Shatter Me. I didn’t think it was possible, or perhaps it’s been too long (ehem, 3 months) since I last read book one, but each and every page is drenched in beautiful prose that maked me sigh every time (though not in a creep way. I think).
Being over 450 pages, it’s difficult for any author to keep a reader captivated the whole time. However, Tahereh was able to pull it off, without a doubt. I was hooked into the world underground at Omega Point, and the waging war above ground against the Reestablishment. There’s plenty of things happening in the storyline; people to protect, people to fight, people to save. I found myself gripping the book for stretching periods of time and I simply couldn’t let go until I figured out what happened next.
So there you have it, my thoughts on the second installment in the Shatter Me trilogy. It wasn’t quite as good as its prequel, but still highly enjoyable. The reader is still able to indulge on Tahereh’s gorgeous writing, and is taken on a wild rollercoaster ride of a story. The only letdown for me was that the love triangle became a little more problematic and a bigger part of the story. Fans of Shatter Me are in for another breathtaking installment and will be itching for book three by the end of Unravel Me.