Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi| Audio Review

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Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi| Audio ReviewUnravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Narrator: Kate Simses
Series: Shatter Me #2
Published by Harper Audio, HarperCollins on February 5, 2013
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
Pages: 480
Length: 11 hours 57 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

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Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like herβ€”people with giftsβ€”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 heartβ€”and Adam's life.

My Initial Reaction…

I was so relieved that Unravel Me didn’t go down the path I worried it would after finishing Shatter Me. Overall I’m loving this series, though Juliette is driving me a bit crazy!

Note:Some minor series spoilers.

The Narration…

I think Kate Simses is a perfect narrator for this series. As I already said in my review for Shatter Me, there’s a poetic sound to Unravel Me that I feel needs to be read aloud and read aloud well. Kate Simses nails it for me.

The Characters…

I’ve had a real reversal in how I feel about Juliette with Unravel Me. In Shatter Me I loved her. But she’s just so wishy-washy, “poor me” in Unravel Me that I got tired of her. I understand she’s had a hard life, but she’s surrounded now by people who’ve also had a hard life, who also have had to deal with these disturbing differences about themselves and all she can think about is how bad her situation is!

And the relationship between her and Adam is so frustrating. She let’s it consume her – and I get that it’s different than just a first teenage relationship… this is the first person who’s ever been able to even TOUCH her. But come on girl, don’t let that cloud your ability to think for yourself and make decisions. Surprisingly, Adam grew on my with Unravel Me. I think because he’s having to face some pretty rough realizations and I think he’s dealing better than Juliette. But he’s still not my favorite.

My favorite is tied – for two entirely different reasons and roles – between Warner and Kenji. Kenji is the friend that Juliette really needs. The person who cares for her but doesn’t want to BE With her. I feel like she really needed a non-romantic relationship like this. Because not only does Kenji show her she can have friends, but like a true friend – HE TELLS HER HOW IT IS. I can’t tell you how much I liked his willingness to tell her off. And I really want to know him better. I loved hearing about him as a kid through Castle’s eyes.

And then there’s Warner. God, he’s still such a mess. And still playing the role of villain in a lot of ways. And yet I adore him. I think him and Juliette are perfect for each other because they’ve both been told their whole lives they are monsters. Juliette because of what she can’t help but do. Warner because that’s who he thinks he has to be. Both are trying to tell the other they can be so much more. Both are right. And both are stubbornly not hearing the other. Can’t wait to see where that goes.

The Story…

I had been super worried that Unravel Me would go all X-Men after the first book. I’m so glad it didn’t – I like X-Men but I wanted this to be more unique. And it is.

The basic story line for Unravel Me revolves around the resistance group at Omega Point that Juliette and Adam joined at the end of Shatter Me. They are training, learning more about themselves and preparing to fight the Reestablishment. Things aren’t quite as perfect as they might have seemed at first glance, not to mention Warner’s diligently seeking them out. I loved every twist Tahreh Mafi threw into Unravel Me – there’s lots of unexpected challenges and lots of personal development. I’m actually torn a bit about the Resistance now – nothing is black and white, which I love. We got some SERIOUS, kick-butt action in Unravel Me, complete with superpowers galore! A really great balance between the conflict with the Reestablishment and the internal conflicts.

Also – as a note, I seriously recommend reading the novella Destroy Me before reading Unravel Me. The two overlap for the first bit of Unravel Me and it really changes your perception of the events in a great, exciting way.

Concluding Sentiments…

I’m thrilled I found this series and am really invested in the characters and can’t wait to see where it goes. Unravel Me ended on a bit of cliff hanger (not a bad one) so I’m thankful that the next book is out already!

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About Tahereh Mafi

T A H E R E H M A F I is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the SHATTER ME series. She was born in a small city somewhere in Connecticut and currently resides in Santa Monica, California, where she drinks too much caffeine and finds the weather to be just a little too perfect for her taste. When unable to find a book, she can be found reading candy wrappers, coupons, and old receipts.

SHATTER ME is her first novel. Foreign rights have sold in 25+ territories to-date and film rights have been optioned by 20th Century Fox. Her work is represented by Jodi Reamer of Writers House, LLC.

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24 Responses to “Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi| Audio Review”

  1. Lexxie
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    This is actually one of my favorite series, Berls, even if I totally get your frustration with Juliette. And if you haven’t already, I recommend that you read the in-between novellas, because they really give a lot of understanding and knowledge about some of the characters.
    I think I have Shatter Me on audio, too, maybe I’ll listen to that when I finish listening to the Downside Ghosts series πŸ˜‰
    Great review, Berls! Happy reading.

    • Berls
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      I read the one with Warren before reading Unravel Me and I’m getting ready to read Destroy Me now, before reading the final book (I forget what it’s called…) I do recommend the narration – it really does justice to the poetic style πŸ™‚
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  2. Iily

    I absolutely loved the shatter me series–especially this second book BUT i can imagine an audiobook would be tricky because since Tahereh mafi’s writing is so poetic it would take someone really special to do it justice and i’m glad the narrator did it for you!
    Lovey review πŸ™‚
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    • Berls
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      Thanks! Yes Lilly – exactly! And yet, I feel like poetic writing deserves to be read aloud so you can really hear the rhythm and meter. So I’m thrilled that Kate Simses did such a brilliant job πŸ™‚
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  3. Lola @ Hit or Miss Books

    I really like the layout of your review and how you divided the subjects. πŸ™‚ I read this last year and, unfortunately, I didn’t find it better than Shatter Me. In the contrary, I thought it really wasn’t as good. I hate the fact that I loved Adam so much in book 1 but that in book 2 it’s like the author wanted us to like Warner better instead and ugh, I don’t know, conflicted. xd
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    • Berls
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      I can see why you wouldn’t like book 2 as much if you were an Adam fan. I really preferred Warner from the start, so I liked this shift in book 2. Plus if you read the novella it really gives a whole new light on Warner. Juliette I liked less, though, so in the end I rated the books the same LOL
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  4. Lark
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    Wonderful review, Berls! I’m still on the fence about these — I’m not much of a dystopian fan on the whole, though there are exceptions. (I’m more for the high or epic fantasy.) But the things you enjoyed about this one are appealing – especially the friend who isn’t afraid to tell it like he sees it.
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    • Berls
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      Thanks Lark πŸ™‚ Hmmm – well if you don’t like dystopian I’m not sure you’d make it through book 1 to get to this one. IDK – I like dystopia a lot, so it’s hard for me to say – for me the writing style and the main character (Juliette) really won me over from the get go in book 1. I do recommend going with the audio if you try it, though.
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    • Berls
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      Thanks Kimba. I’m so glad I was told that after reading book 1 because I often skip novellas. But in this series they really matter. I didn’t even think to check if Unite Me was available in audio. Oh well – I have the eBooks for the novellas πŸ™‚
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    • Berls
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      That’s what I like about dystopia and some (usually high) fantasy YA – it’s such a different world that the teenage angst is at an all-time low. These teens aren’t dealing with anything normal – like highschool – they’re dealing with adult situations so for the most part, I’d say no, it doesn’t have the teenage angst. They are still teenagers at some level though, so Juliette (for example) makes some really immature decisions and is still figuring herself out. I recommend the series, but will say I know that the writing style is one that people either seem to love or hate. I love it – very poetic and stream of consciousness. πŸ™‚
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  5. Bookworm Brandee

    I’m glad you’re still enjoying the series, Berls. I get what you’re saying about Juliette – but I got really irritated with those people around her who kept saying she needed to reach out, she needed to stop being so selfish…how does she go about doing that? She’s never been shown how to reach out, no one would ever have anything to do with her. When you’ve never been shown kindness, how do you accept or even seek it? *end rant* LOL I do agree with you about Kenji. He is someone Juliette needs on her side. And Warner… *sigh* Well, I just love him. πŸ™‚
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    • Berls
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      I do agree with you on that point Brandee – they didn’t seem to have a clue that she had been isolated her entire life and might not know how to be any other way. I think Kenji really helped change things though – I did love that she was really starting to make friends by the end of the book. Of course that all fell apart, but that’s why I’ve got to read the next one, right?
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    • Berls
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      LOL and here I figured you’d already finished the series! It’s so easy to get pulled to other things. I’m actually just realizing that I don’t have the next novella or the final audiobook on my reading calendar yet and that thing’s full up through like October now πŸ™
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    • Berls
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      LOL I’m glad this review posted today because I realized I forgot to put the novella and Ignite Me on my reading calendar :/ Seriously what’s wrong with me? So now I have some reorganizing to do, hopefully it won’t be too long until I get to it!
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