Shatter Me may have have disappointed in many ways, however, Unravel Me on the other hand, did not.
Juliette, while I feel empathy towards her, I wasn’t a fan of her in the beginning in the book. She was the typical “woe is me” heroine. She was wallowing in self-pity and all she could think about is her relationship with Adam. There are so many things going on right now and all you do is mope and be sad. No sweetie, you can’t. In a dystopian novel, you as the heroine, have to be tough and actually want to fight for a change. I know she’s still getting accustomed to everything that is going on and she did make progress, but it just took longer than I expected. Adam I felt really bad for in this book. He’s so kind, sincere, and really loves Juliette. I liked him much better this time; however, for some reason I still can’t find myself rooting for him to be with Juliette. I was still not convinced with their romance. Kenji, I loved so much in this book. He is the highlight for me this whole entire novel. I want him to be my best friend. I’m so glad that he set Juliette in place and tells her to get over herself. He basically took all the words out of my mouth when it came to Juliette.
As for Warner, dear Warner, I don’t even know where to start with him. I am so glad that I was so optimistic about him! He’s not crazy nor obsessed, and I’m glad. We see so much more of his humanity and his capability for redemption. He develops into a person who has done bad things, who recognizes how hard it is to feel, and who wants to redeem himself for the people he cares about. Yes, I’m in love with Warner. I have no idea why I have this strange attraction for bad boys with a heart of gold in fiction…. I think it’s because there is so much depth to their character and I just find too nice and perfect male heroes in books to be kind of dull. Others may feel the exact opposite…
“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,” he says. “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, Juliette-”
Oh Juliette, you lucky girl.
Unlike in Shatter Me, we finally get to see a larger glimpse of the outside world. I would have preferred if Ms. Mafi focused it on more, instead of Juliette being all down and indecisive most of the time, but I’m content for the moment. Ms. Mafi describes this bleak world in some detail. We hear about the citizens and their horrible living conditions. We witness the injustice of the Supreme Commander’s rule. Just as this world is new for us, Juliette has yet to experience life outside of the walls she’s been trapped behind.
There were things that I may have not liked in this book but overall, it was such an enjoyable read. It’s definitely an improvement from the first book, so of course I would recommend it!
P.S I actually finished both Unravel Me and Ignite Me in one day, but I wanted to write separate reviews for both books. A combined review is not enough for me to fangirl over Warner. So be on the lookout for my review for Ignite Me coming up soon..hopefully.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone! ❤