So in the last Shatter Me, Juliette Ferrars, the girl whose touch is lethal, er, I mean power, made it to Omega Point, an underground rebel camp fighting against the Reestablishment, led by Warner's father who we haven't met yet. In this rebellion are tons of kids of different shapes and sizes who have abnormal powers just like Juliette, yet somehow she still doesn't feel at home. Eventually she'll have to get out, but can she when she finds out that her boyfriend and lover (are boyfriends supposed to be lovers? I never asked) may actually not be immune to her touch after all?
Now, let me start right off the bat by saying that Unravel Me is spare on world development and very spare compared to the first Shatter Me but is quite brilliant with love complications. Not many books make a love triangle as effective as this. If you pick this book up, by the end you'll have no idea if Juliette will go for Adam or Warner. I really didn't expect the conflictions to ever happen, I'm rather excited to read the last book Ignite Me and it has the exact same writing style as before. If only its ending wasn't so weird, promising and contradictory and ended up not being the adventure Shatter Me was. I did read the book rather fast I will admit, and in Chapter 62, there's a little juicy bedtime action that I at first was groaning over but by the end of it I have to admit I felt the misery of both bed hogs. So let me just bring up the fact that with this dystopian novel, it's more E L James than Marissa Meyer.
Later in the book, after a ton of Juliette's love complications, Kenji yells at her explaining how there are more important things to think about, and I think we all could agree. As I said, the love triangle is awesome and I probably wouldn't have minded it as much if it spent more time on developing its world. Honestly, the idea behind the Reestablishment theoretically leaving everyone to starve and live under their thumb while hogging all the resources though they claim not to to all of the above like North Korea is genius, even in the world of YA dystopias we have today. So I was looking forward to finding out what the answer to that theory was. I was also looking forward to the side characters and see their powers. The one who utilizes theirs the most I feel is Kenji and the twins, but the others are so not in the story I forgot what a lot of them could do. The ending afterward is fast and cliffhanging I guess, but I think it forgives a little too easy, leaves too much out and I don't want, "I relax and go to sleep," during one of the last chapters. And I wish Warner just wasn't involved; it goes back on a promise a little too early.
In conclusion, there's a lot that I admire with Unravel Me. Sadly, it sticks with the romance thread a little too long and doesn't focus enough on - well, I don't have to draw you a map.