I want to give this review 4 stars. I think if it were any other book that made me so annoyed I would, but this one is different.
Tahereh Mafi's writing style is so unique, I feel a little disarmed when I read. Her narrative voice is like swirling thoughts in a brain. So gathered and confused all at once, and I don't necessarily mean
I do mean the crossed over sentences and words.
Juliette is not quite adjusting to life in the Omega underground compound as everyone would like her to. She's closed off and feeling sorry for herself. I understand that, I do. Up to a point. Girl needs a slap across the face. Or 10.
Adam is undergoing testing by Castle to figure out his 'gift' and its extent, but keeping things from Juliette.
Then they prepare for war, and during patrols, four of the rebels get captured by Warner's dad, the mighty evil chief of the district. Juliette, Kenji and Adam go out to barter with Anderson (the evil chief) and end up shooting him in his legs, knocking Warner upside the head and rescuing 2 of the 4 captured.
Warner wakes up in the compound, is interrogated and at some point spills the beans about being able to touch Juliette. Castle, natch
the idiot trusts Warner immediate, because - duh, he's gifted - and gives him a free pass around the compound. He messes with Juliette's mind some more, betrays everyone and shit hits the fan.
I'm not saying anymore, because quite frankly, there's no point - just read the book.
However, I will say that for about 70% of reading this book I spent cursing Juliette and her fictional existence. If Shatter Me brought us a damaged heroine trying to fight to get her life back, Unravel Me pretty much screwed us over. Juliette is an ungrateful, backstabbing, lying little hypocrite. She lies to the ones she cares for, she betrays them by not disclosing some pretty important information about the enemy, and all the while hides behind her misery. I was shocked, but there's actually 'character development' going backwards.
And I raged. I raged so much, I'm still raging writing this review.
So yeah, the only reason I'm giving this 5 stars and not 4 is that it really was a perfectly written book, and the story, once again, sucked me in and I found myself devouring it and was so engrossed in it, I can't NOT give it 5 stars.
I'm not even including quotes in this review, but I will refer you to Jaime's review because it has some pretty great quotes from the book.