Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi | Review

Unravel Me by Tahereh MafiUnravel Me by Tahereh Mafi


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.

rating system 4.5 out of 5


9 thoughts on “Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi | Review”

  1. I LOVE SHATTER ME. I love Unravel Me too, but, like you, not quite as much. I also grew weary with Juliette's indecision, and I am so disappointed this love triangle is taking a turn for the silly.

    I found the writing to be even better as well, though, and I adored how it is slightly less packed with flowery, nonsensical literary devices, which shows Juliette slowly regaining mental stability. Unravel Me proves once and for all that she is not a monster, which is possibly my favorite thing about it.


  2. OMGG JULIETTE ANNOYED THE HECK OUT OF ME. Seriously. Her indecision made me want to pull my hair out…I thought she was going to change- like become independent, show some strength etc BUT ALL I GOT WAS A DAMSEL IN DISTRESS!!! It's so true that the love triangle has become a central part of this book…but for some reason, I honestly don't mind. I've fallen for Warner 😛 Heheeee Anyway, glad you enjoyed it for the most part 😀


  3. Uh oh. Is Chapter 62 the chapter where Warner really makes a play for her? I'm not sure how i feel about that, I'm pretty firmly Team Adam after book one, and I like to stick with my team once I've made a choice. I fear I might be swayed by Warner though, I guess I'll just have to see. I'm glad Juliette's indecision, however frustrating, didn't ruin the book for you Jen and you still gave it a really high rating:)


  4. I wasn't the biggest fan of Shatter Me, but I've still been meaning to pick this book up sometime soon (don't worry, I put a hold on it at the library!!). The love triangle is making me a bit iffy, and now that it's playing a bigger role, I know that I'll be frustrated with Juliette's indecision. Those kinds of characters always irk me. =P However, it's awesome that Mafi could really keep you hooked for the entire 450 pages! That really is a hard feat. And I'm glad that the prose is just as beautiful. <3

    Lovely review, Jen! I'm looking forward to seeing what I think about this one. =)


  5. Well I guess it's too bad that you weren't quite as taken with this one as you were with Shatter Me. But I'm pleased to read that you still really, really liked this one and it truly does sound pretty great. It's good to know because I haven't read Shatter Me yet, but I prefer to know that the sequel doesn't delve into second-book-syndrome territory before getting into a series. Gahhh, Tahereh Mafi's writing just sounds soooo completely amazing. Definitely sigh-worthy it sounds like! Anyways, this was really nicely reviewed, Jen!


  6. I didn't enjoy this as much as you or most people but I can understand your love of the book nonetheless! I did find Juliette's indecision and secretive behaviour a little annoying too, but the writing had improved which was good!


  7. I definitely think that this book was a massive step up from Shatter Me too, I found myself fully invested with the characters and with everything else going on too. I'm so glad that you ended up loving this Jen, the wait for the next book is just going to be a killer! Wonderful review! 🙂


  8. I admire Tahereh for changing her writing style as her characters change (she pointed this out once). I liked Unravel me better than I liked Shatter Me, but I'm a huge fan of both so it really isn't that big of a difference in my eyes. My favorite, however, is Warner's novella. It truly put his actions into a new perspective and made me see him more clearly than ever.
    beautiful review!


  9. Our ratings match for this one. 🙂 I think I enjoyed Shatter Me slightly more too, though that's mostly because of the love triangle. I really wasn't a fan of it in this book! I loved the writing though and adored Kenji's character. I can't wait to read the next one! Lovely review as always.


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