Book review: 'Unravel Me' is a fun, quick read

By Shelby Scoffield

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, Feb. 15 2013 4:02 p.m. MST

"UNRAVEL ME," by Tahereh Mafi, HarperTeen, $17.99, 480 pages (f) (ages 16 and up)

“Unravel Me” by Tahereh Mafi is the sequel to the book “Shatter Me.” In this second book, the story of Juliette is continued, and the reader is able to see her grow and develop in her powers. Though it has a slow beginning, the pace of the story picks up as the characters prepare for an impending war.

In “Shatter Me,” the reader is introduced to Juliette. Juliette has an extraordinary ability to severely injure someone when they simply touch her skin. She is quickly discovered by the Reestablishment, a group of people who want to take over the government. Because of her unique gift, they want to use her as a weapon.

In “Unravel Me,” Juliette has escaped to Omega Point, which is a sanctuary for people who have special gifts. She is protected there and not forced to use her powers for evil.

Omega Point is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance. With the help of her friend Kenji, Juliette discovers that she can help people in a positive way. She learns that she can seriously harm the Reestablishment and help bring them down from power. By doing this, people will not have to struggle to survive.

In the meantime, the love between Adam and Juliette slowly heats up. Throw in Warner, a former enemy of Juliette’s, and you have an intense love triangle. The question remains; how can Juliette be in a relationship when she can’t touch the other person?

“Unravel Me” is an entertaining and quick read. Female readers especially will find that this book is a guilty pleasure that they won’t want to put down.

The best part of the story is the humor that Kenji brings to the story. He provides lighthearted moments that are desperately needed throughout the heavy storyline.

The most complicated character in the story is Juliette. At the beginning of the book, she comes across as a pathetic character who cries and feels sorry for herself. It is an interesting transformation as Juliette goes from being a weak character to a strong and confident one.

There is explicit language that is used throughout the book. Because of the love scenes in the story, this book is more suitable for those 16 and up.

Fans of the “Shatter Me” series will want to read the book “Destroy Me.” This tells the story from Warner’s perspective and gives insight into his thoughts and feelings.

All in all, “Unravel Me” is a worthy contribution to the young adult fiction world.

If you go ...

What: Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs presentation and book signing

When: Thursday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m.

Where: The King's English, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City

Web: kingsenglish.com

Note: Signing line spots are reserved for those who buy the features book(s) at the King's English Bookshop

Shelby Scoffield has a bachelor's in English from Brigham Young University and a master's in rhetoric and composition from Stanislaus State University. She is currently working on her teaching credentials so she can teach high school English.

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