Book Review: Unravel me by Tahereh Mafi

The cover looks pretty plain, but when you hold the physical copy and it reflected the light, it is so damn gorgeous.

Title: Unravel Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Paperback edition, 461 pages
Published: HarperCollins
Publisher: December 31, 2013
3/5 stars
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18089977-unravel-me

Juliette is still haunted by her deadly touch. But now that she has teamed up with other rebels with powers of their own, she’ll be able to fight back against The Reestablishment to save her broken world. With the help of these new allies, she’ll also finally learn the secret behind Adam’s—and Warner’s—immunity to her killer skin.

READ MY REVIEW OF SHATTER ME HERE. 

Writing style. The writing style is more bearable and better that Shatter Me. Maybe because Juliette is more sane in this book. It’s amazing how Tahereh’s choice of words describe the emotion and touch us. But still it was too repetitive for me and sometimes it doesn’t fit the situation. Even though the phrase helps us connect with Juliette and understand what she feels, it just too much. Tahereh could use simple words to tell her meaning.

“My fists are full of unlucky pennies and my heart is a jukebox demanding a few nickles and my head is flipping quarters heads or tails heads or tails heads or tails heads or tails.”

Plot. This book has some amazing action packed scenes. At some point, I had to actually stop reading to slow my heart rate! It was soo good. But sadly, it feels like Tahereh made this book focuses more on the love triangle rather than the action part. Honestly, when I read dystopian books, I want to read a lot of badass action instead of romance, I could read contemporary for romance.

Juliette. I can understand that she’s afraid people would reject her again, but she doesn’t even make any attempts to know anyone at Omega Points (beside Adam, Kenji, James) not even her room mate. And yet she wonders why people are afraid of her. If only she’s more friendly and approachable. Yes, we can see how she has changed throughout the book, but she’s still whiny, self centered and indecisive. But one thing, Juliette is better off alone. No Adam, no Warner. When she’s with Adam, he’s over protective with her that it holds her back. Juliette seems to forget every problem and everything when she’s with Adam. And then comes Warner, and same things happens. With both of them, she can’t decided who she wanted to be with. The war is coming, the whole world is dying, and all Juliette can think is about Adam/Warner. She has amazing powers yes, but I can’t stand her.

“All you do is sit around think about you feelings. You’ve got problems. Boo-freaking-hoo.” he says. “You parents hate you and its so hard but you have to wear gloves for the rest of your life because you kill people when you touch them. Who gives a shit?” He’s breathing hard enough for me to hear him. “As far as I can tell, you’ve got food in your mouth and clothes on your back and a place to pee, peace whenever you feel like it. Those arent problems. That’s called living like a king. And I’d really appreciate it if you’d grow the hell up and stop walking around like the world crapped only on your roll of toilet paper. Because its stupid.” he says, barely reigning in his temper. “It’s stupid, and its ungrateful. You dont have a clue what everyone else in the world is going through right now. You dont have a clue, Juliette. And you dont seem to give a damn, either”

Even Kenji can’t stand her.

Adam. Poor guy. Bad things seem to keep happening to him. It’s no wonder he’s been angsty in this book. But one thing for sure, Adam deserves better than Juliette. Everything is killing him and Juliette can’t even see that. Instead, she’s playing around with Warner. At least Juliette could try to be with Adam and talk without actually doing anything. BUT NO. Instead we get repetitive scenes of Juliette and Adam angsty fights.

Warner. It’s nice to see more of his backstory and seeing him as a human being. But he’s still cheesy and psycopath and want to be with Juliette for reasons unknown for me. Yeah he’s hot but he’s also screwed. But we can see the reasons for his attitude in this book. BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN JULIETTE CAN FORGIVE HIM AND MAKE OUT WITH HIM THAT EASILY.

God.

The triangle is exhausting and silly and I just want more of the world building and the war instead of angsty romantic drama.

Kenji. My favorite character from this series. I would like a bestfriend like Kenji. He’s funny, but he can be serious when it needed. And maybe his words stung, but it is for our own good. And, he’ll do anything to protect Omega Point and it’s people.

This book feels like 98% romance and 2 % dystopia. They should’ve put it in romance category instead of dystopia. I really wish Ignite Me will get better. I really do. Because I want to see how they defeat the Supreme Commander and how it all works out instead of Juliette regreting her power, crying, and making out with both Adam and Warner.

tasya

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