Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

February 24, 2014 Raquel Romero 1

Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh MafiUnravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #2
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Published by HarperCollins on February 5th 2013
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 461
• •

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.

**Please be aware that there are some spoilers ahead!**

Shatter Me leaves us with Juliette and Adam finding refuge at Omega Point. Juliettes just learned that there are others out there with abilities like her and she feels hope for the first time in a long time. Shatter Me definitely ends in a positive note, but its not long before Juliette starts to feel out of place at Omega Point. Adams been spending all his time training and she doesnt even know what theyve found. Once again, the quiet, timid girl emerges. Looking back, I wish I wouldve been able to reach between the pages and slap some sense into Juliette. I love her to death. I really do. But sometimes she could be whinny and needy and such a little girl. Juliettes escaped Warners grasp and she knows he wont stop looking for her. There is a war going on and Juliette has yet to get off her ass.

We can hide in a cupboard under the stairs our whole life and itll still find us. Death will show up wearing an invisible cloak and it will wave a magic wand and whisk us away when we least expect it.

Its not long before Kenji gets real with her. She needs to get up, practice and get ready to fight. I have so much love for Kenji, its not even funny. Theres so much more to him that we still havent seen. Hes a complete jokester and a smart-ass, but hes also fiercely loyal and a wonderful friendexactly the kind Juliette needs. She doesnt need someone to coddle her and tell her everythings going to be alrightbecause its not. Shits about to get real. She needs someone to be tough yet patient with her. Juliette still has a lot of emotional scars. She doesnt trust easily and shes always afraid to hurt someone. But in order to defend herself, and those she loves, she needs to be able to control her abilities and thats what Kenjis there foras well as for our own thorough entertainment and pleasure.

“Have you ever had a girlfriend, Kenji?
What? He looks mortally offended. Do I LOOK like the kind of guy whos never had a girlfriend? Have you even MET me?”

Things between Adam and Juliette arent going as well as theyd both hoped. Secrets and omissions have a way of pulling you apart and thats what happens with these two. Honestly, I think I was hoping and begging and holding on to that last thread of hope that Adam and Juliette would pull through. But as time passed I started to realize that if they were to survive, they needed to change, and perhaps that change wouldnt bring them closer. Drama always follows these two around, and Unravel Me is no different. I understand Adams hesitation to clue Juliette in about his power, but in the end it had to be done.

Slowly, Juliette starts to grow up, little by little in Unravel Me. With the help of Kenji, she starts practicing and learning more about her powers, and as she does that, her state of mind starts stabilizing. One of the things I loved about Shatter Me was the scratch outs, receptions and scattered thoughts. As Juliette starts accepting herselfand she still has a long way to gothose scratch outs become less and less seen. Im in awe of Mafis use of structure to symbolize Juliettes own growth.


Its like a drop of honey, a field of tulips blooming in the springtime. Its a fresh rain, a whispered promise, a cloudless sky, the perfect punctuation mark at the end of a sentence. And its the only thing in the world keeping me afloat.

Were introduced to a whole new group of characters in Unravel Me, from Castle to Winston to Braden to Sara and Sonya and many more, but the character I loved having more of was Warner. Mafi published a novella, Destroy Me, to be told in Warners POV, as a middle ground between books one and two. There was something I couldnt deny about Warner in Shatter Me, but after reading Destroy Me, I fell a little bit in love with him. The tables are turned when Warner becomes imprisoned in Unravel Me, and thats when we see Juliette and Warners relationship start to grow. There is no schedule for him to follow at Omega Point. No ones looking to him to make difficult decisions and Warners time spent as a prisoner becomes the building block for his own change. Its minuscule, but its there if you know what to look for.

Hes looking so deeply into my eyes that Im surprised I havent buckled under the intensity and I realize then, right in this moment I realize that everything about him is intense. Nothing about him is manageable or easy to compartmentalize. Hes too much. Everything about him is too much. His emotions, his actions, his anger, his aggression. His love.

I havent forgotten about Mafis ability to take our breath away with her words. She does it over and over again. But I think we all know about that one chapter that has had fans all over the world squealing and blushing and majorly crushing (nice rhyme there, huh?). Chapter 62 has truly earned its title as one of the hottest scenes in the trilogy (and there is still way more to come). Just thinking about Chapter 62 has me grinning my ass off because I just wanted more and more and more! Both Warner has always been way too mature for his age and these pages just burn with that knowledge! Juliettes no saint either. Having not been able to touch anyone her entirely life, Juliettes been deprived of love and affection, so when its directed her way, she eagerly takes hold of it. Well done, Mafi. Well done.

I want to be the friend you fall hopelessly in love with. The one you take into your arms and into your bed and into the private world you keep trapped in your head. I want to be that kind of friend. The one who will memorize the things you say as well as the shape of your lips when you say them. I want to know every curve, every freckle, every shiver of your body.

I want to know where to touch you, I want to know how to touch you. I want to know convince you to design a smile just for me. Yes, I do want to be your friend. I want to be your best friend in the entire world.

Theres still so much more to come in the Shatter Me world and those last few chapters leave us anxious and breathless with anticipation. If you still havent picked up Shatter Me, then dont hesitate to do so! Mafis writing, her characters, her world-building, all leave you in awe and begging for more!

One Response to Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

  1. Valyncia Smothers

    You did a perefect job reviewing this book!!! Couldnt have said it better myself!!!

Leave a Reply