Book Review: Unravel Me (Shatter Me Book 2) by Tahereh Mafi [Audiobook]

 
 
Now part of a group of rebels, many of whom have special abilities like her, Juliette starts trying to hone her powers as the group prepares for war. Juliette thought she'd be happy at Omega Point, but she's not so sure she fits in, and her relationship troubles, as well as an unplanned hostage situation, complicate things.

Book Review: Unravel Me (Shatter Me Book 2) by Tahereh Mafi | reading, books, book reviews, science fiction, dystopian, young adult
Title: Unravel Me
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Book Number: Book 2
Pages: 485
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
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I feel like it’s impossible to talk about these books without discussing the larger context of the whole series, so I’m doing quick thoughts for each individual book, but I have a spoiler-free semi-series review in my review of Book 1 and I’m gonna do a spoiler-ful discussion in my review of Book 3. Then I’ll do the same for Books 4-6.

Quick Thoughts on Book 2

The first time I read these, I liked this book a lot more than the first because of how much more intensity and emotion it had. I also found Warner even more interesting and intriguing, especially since I hadn’t read his novella yet.

The second time, I found the drama to be more frustrating than emotional. Juliette I could understand, because of her life and how overwhelming the whole situation was, but it was Adam and Warner too! All of them! With their crying and their outbursts and their secrets and their tempers and their feelings and their “I’m so terrible, I’ll never be good, it’s too hard” speeches, even though they had more important things they needed to be focusing on. It wasn’t unrealistic, but it was frustrating nonetheless. I probably would’ve eaten it up with a spoon when I was a teenager though, and I recognize that this is a book for teens.

I liked Kenji though! He was fun. And this book did up the emotional intensity and character development, as well as give us some twists and revelations, making it more enjoyable.

My thoughts on the audiobook can be found in my review of Book 1.

*I’ve read this book multiple times. This review was written after my 2nd read.*

*Rating: 4 Stars // 1st Read Date: 2016 // Format: Ebook*
*Rating: 3.5 Stars // 2nd Read Date: 2020 // Format: Audiobook*

 

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  1. Greg

    The covers always get me on this series- love em! Haven’t read any of these yet though, even though I have at least some of them. I find that too though- sometimes I look forard to a re- read, and then I find I like the book slightly less, or parts of it just frustrate me. then I’m mad ay myself for ruining the memory lol.

    1. Kristen

      They’re such great covers! To be fair, I didn’t really love it to begin with, so it wasn’t much of a disappointment lol. I just needed a refresher when three new books came out.

  2. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    Isn’t it strange to look back at some YA books and read them again now and not be able to relate to the teenage mind set of the characters yet you know a few years earlier you ate up their drama? As it’s written for teens you know their characterisation is appropriate but it certainly throws me out of some books now.

    1. Kristen

      To be fair, I didn’t read this until I was like 25 lol. So I’d already forgotten. But I sometimes wonder when I read YA books, would I have liked this as a teen? It is weird how we lived through that time and yet just forget how we used to think and feel and all that.

  3. Karen

    I’ll have to go read your audiobook review of book #1 because it started out great for me but I quickly grew annoyed with all the drama.

    Then when I just saw you listened to it I was thinking that might be better but how do they deal with all those strikeouts??

    I must investigate lol

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

    1. Kristen

      Lol they make a little pencil scratch noise after she says something that’s stricken. But the strike outs get less and less frequent as the story goes on.