Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

March 2, 2014 Reviews 9 ★½

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me # 2
Published by HarperCollins on February 5, 2013
Genres: Dystopia
Pages: 461
Format: eBook
Source: Puchased
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one-half-stars
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it's almost
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.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam's life.

Even though I thought Shatter Me was very average, all of the hype around this series had me wanting to read Unravel Me.  I snapped it up when it was a $1.99 Nook Book shortly after it was released last year.  But it sat unread until I had not choice but to read it after checking out  from the library a couple of weeks ago.  Many of my GR and Twitter friends are so passionate about this series, so I was hoping that whatever was missing for me in the first book would be found here.  Instead, Unravel Me was a major disappointment.

Juliette became nearly intolerable in this book.  Nearly every page contains some scene of her screaming, crying, gasping, or hyperventilating.  Sometime she is doing all four at once.  Every minor setback  is a catastrophe of epic proportions, propelling Juliette into a full-on meltdown.  How do her companions tolerate her?  How are the two most beautiful men in the world (as we’re told repeatedly told) in love with her?  What exactly IS her appeal?

Warner, the son of the hilariously self-proclaimed “Supreme Commander,” was awful in Shatter Me.  He was abusive and disturbingly obsessed with Juliette, but I was assured by fans of the series that he would redeem himself in this book.  However, all I can think is, “This is redemption???”  Warner is as creepy and slimy as ever.  He’s still intent on possessing Juliette.  He steals her journal, reads it, and then refuses to return it.  Juliette professes to be mortified, but she is actually thrilled over this invasion of her privacy.  Because, you know, it shows how much he cares.  Mafi is veering dangerously close to the “Stalkers are sexy” theme with Warner and Juliette.  If I could speak to Mafi, I’d want her to know that there is nothing appealing about these kind of actions.  Being spied upon is not a sign that someone loves you.  Period.  I can’t respect Juliette for swooning over this behavior, especially since the much talked-about love scene between these two reads like the childish fantasy of a thirteen-year-old Belieber.

How can this budding romance between Warner and Juliette become even more awful?  Easy!  Insert sweet, boring Adam to make this the most ghastly love triangle imaginable.  I won’t spoil it for those who have not read it yet, but love triangles don’t get any worse than this.  Trust me.

I’ve barely mentioned the plot, and that’s because there isn’t much of one.  Unravel Me is a long string of Juliette’s meltdowns, interspersed with little bits of action.  The only interesting character is Kenji, and I’m wondering if it’s too much to hope that he can put this love triangle out of its misery so that he can be the star of Ignite Me.

Stephanie

9 Responses to “Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi”

  1. Kelly

    It’s awful, but I’m always happy when I find someone else who didn’t enjoy this book (series). I always thought I was missing something, since I just didn’t see whatever it was that everyone else loved.

    If you decide to read Ignite Me, I’d be really interested in seeing what you thought of it! I enjoyed it, because Juliette finally showed some character growth (even if I found it quite sudden, in comparison to how much time she spent crying/hyperventilating).
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    • Stephanie

      I completely get it, Kelly. I feel the same way! It’s always good to have some validation.

      I’ll believe Juliette’s character growth when I see it. 🙂

    • Stephanie

      Well…I’ve started reading it Ignite Me, just so I can get this series checked off my list. I’ll prepare myself for more histrionics.

    • Stephanie

      How is that even possible??? I’m reading Ignite Me right now, believe it or not. Just 100 pages in, I can feel a rant coming already.

  2. Cait @ Notebook Sisters

    I was 100% unimpressed with Shatter Me, but I had to keep going because the hype was wild and I neeeded to knoooow what was going on. 😉 Well, I did like Unravel Me. I thought it was a kilometre better, and Warner was way more interesting than Adam. Ignite Me was my favourite, though, I felt, because Juliette started doing stuff without craving everyone’s love. Adam spends a lot of time whining, though. Gah. Kenji is the sole saving factor. And why is there not plot?! I called this out on my reviews too…I mean, I LOVE character driven books, but there. needs. to. be. a. PLOT.
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  3. Kel

    You are braver than I. That flap copy alone would have had me running for the hills. I’ve heard some people rave about this series, but I haven’t gone near it since I read a very amusing, but disparaging, review of Shatter Me a while back. I’m not generally a fan of romance-centered stories, but romances that glorifies stalkers? Heck no.

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