Monday, August 5, 2013

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me book 2)

SPOILER ALERT! If you haven't read the first book in the series, Shatter Me, Stop! I don't want to ruin a fantastic book for you. You might also want to read the novella, Destroy Me first.

It has been two weeks since Juliette shot Warner and escaped with Adam and Kenji to Omega Point. Training to help fight The Reestablishment, Juliette is failing miserably at trying to figure out the extent of her powers. Everyone seems to be leery of the girl with the lethal touch. In turn, she has closed herself off form personal relationships over fears of being rejected. Kenji is the only one who has volunteered to help her train and build new friendships. She and Adam are not pleased that Kenji has been forced by Castle to spend what little time they have together with them. Complicating matters further is the fact that Castle has discovered that Adam had powers of his own. Adam is keeping what they are a secret from Juliette.

When Juliette pushes Kenji to fill her in on just what is going on with Adam, he reluctantly takes her to the training rooms. There she sees the physical pain Adam is in at the hands of Castle. Angry, Juliette loses control and slams her fist into the cavern floor, causing a very minor earthquake-like tremor. She passes out from the effort for three days. Castle is furious that Juliette lost control and almost destroyed his life’s work. Kenji tells her that she and Adam need to clear the air. She meets with Adam and Castle is with him. Castle speaks first while Adam avoids eye contact. Adam has the power to negate other powers. That is why he has the ability to touch her. The more time that they spend together, the weaker Adam becomes. Juliette is ready to let him go and love him from afar than run the risk of killing him. Adam refuses to let her go and the moment they are alone becomes heated. He ends up being rushed to the medical wing after falling deathly ill from the effect of refuting Juliette’s power.

Knowing that the only way to save Adam’s life is to stay away, both Adam and Juliette are distraught over her decision. Tracking The Reestablishment, Castle and the others know that something is up when the patrols are increasing and Warner is seen with his troops. Unable to figure out why, Juliette is trusted to be a part of a mission to find out what is going on. While above ground, she sees Warner. Unable to stop herself, she follows him when he takes a stray dog out of sight of his troops. Hoping to see him be cruel to the animal to get over any lingering feelings for him, Juliette is stunned to see Warner being kind to the dog. Kenji is furious with her when he discovers her and they go on to complete their mission.

Castle finds out that Warner’s father, the Supreme Commander, is in the area. He knows that the brewing war is about to come to a head. Four of their members are captured while out on patrol. Castle receives word that they will be returned if Juliette hands herself over. She readily agrees despite Adam’s objections. Adam and Kenji go with her as back up.

What happens when Juliette meets the Supreme Commander? Does the war begin? Is Juliette captured by The Reestablishment? What part will Warner play in all of this? Can Juliette sort out her feelings for both Adam and Warner? And what secrets are about to be uncovered?

The Shatter Me trilogy will conclude in 2014.

Destroy Me (book 1.5) is a novella from Warner’s point of view about the events that occur after Juliette shot him. Readers are given insight into just what makes Warner tick. A definite read to full understand the events that occur in Unravel Me.

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