DNF: Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #2
Publisher: Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins
Publication Date: February 5, 2013
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. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)
Quite a Ride…
This series, you guys. It has taken me on quite a ride. As I explained in my review of Shatter Me, I went from hating the first book to NEEDING ANSWERS. I still had major issues with Shatter Me, but I was hooked and bought the rest of the series for my Kindle right away.
I didn’t write a review on this blog for the first novella, Destroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5), but I did write down a few thoughts on Goodreads. And basically those notes boiled down to the fact that I think Destroy Me had much better writing than Shatter Me, and I know that is at least partly because the novella is from Warner’s point of view, instead of Juliette’s I’m-going-insane point of view. And I felt like Destroy Me gave me some of those answers that I really needed after reading Shatter Me.
So…when I started reading Unravel Me and saw that all the hyperbole and personification and metaphors and purple prose were back, I was right back to wanting to throw the book. But I didn’t because it was an ebook and I really didn’t want to throw my Kindle. Yes, like I said in my review of Shatter Me, I know that Juliette is supposed to be broken. I know that Mafi wanted the writing style to reflect that. But, like I also said in my review of Shatter Me, it is just TOO MUCH. You can show the broken psyche of a person with much less, I promise.
Plus, Juliette was just so annoying in this book. SO ANNOYING. She completely overreacted when she found Adam being tested for his ability, she overreacted because she had been asleep in the hospital for three days (OMG! Did you have something to do that you missed? No? Then STFU.), and then she didn’t want to hear about how Adam reacted when she punched the floor, which was actually her overreacting to Adam’s testing in the first place! And I was actually quite happy when Kenji called her out on all her crap.
I tried to get to the 1/4 mark, but I just couldn’t do it. I got to 21%, which equals out to about 96 pages, which is close enough to my goal of reading 1/4 or 100 pages before DNFing. The line that made me give up: “The smile on my face is literally killing me.”
I may try to finish this series some other time, but I’m not sure. But be sure to check out some of the other reviews I’ve listed below–they all loved this book.
Fifi IslaihMarch 27, 2014 at 1:41 pm
I'm sorry it wasn't your taste. Thanks for sharing!
AlyMarch 28, 2014 at 3:06 am
Looking back now, I don't enjoy the series as much as I once did. I don't like the overall story arc and to be honest, I thought Unravel Me was just okay. I loved Shatter Me, and thought Destroy Me was okay, but I'm not necessarily Warner's biggest fan. I don't hate his character but I don't find him really compelling as well.
Kimberly @ On the Wings of BooksMarch 29, 2014 at 11:53 pm
I still want to read Unravel Me, but I agree, the fancy writing was just too much (and sometimes made me feel stupid because I had no idea what she was talking about)! I probably skimmed quite a bit in Shatter Me just cause of the fancy writing!
fakestephApril 8, 2014 at 12:11 am
I liked Unravel me SO MUCH MORE than Shatter me. Seriously, Warner. (I haven't even read Destroy Me…)
Kimberly @ On the Wings of BooksApril 23, 2014 at 1:04 am
You get an A for effort. I know we've discussed this series before, but I just want to reiterate that her writing makes me feel stupid!