Tahereh Mafi is one of those authors I can’t get out of my mind. I picked up the first book of the Shatter Me series a while ago, now, and i was truly amazed, not as much by the story as by the way the author can make us feel things on a level i hadn’t known before. If you don’t know this series, I advice you – what am I saying, I beg you! to check it out on goodreads and give it a try. I guess it’s a kind of read you can either love, or hate, but it’s something you have to see for yourself. I, myself, think this is a masterpiece.
I was really excited to start reading the second book in the series, Unravel me. As I was really surprised by the first, in terms of, story, character development, writing, oh, haunting writing ; I was equally, or maybe even more, amazed by this second book. I said it before, but I will insist again : I am absolutely in love with the writing. Beautiful, intense, I felt deeply carried inside the story, and it was hard to get out of it. The story follows the ending of Shatter Me, (obviously!), and I was really happy to learn more about Omega Point : what is it, the way it works, the ropes and ties of all this organization. This change of scenery was great…but something else bothered me at first : Juliette. The main character in Omega Point, having a hard time fitting in, finding herself and not knowing what she wants…it was just frustrating, at first. She asks herself many questions, which is totally understandable. But I found it a bit too much, I wanted to shake her. However, I was very satisfied with the development of the story, especially regarding Juliette’s character. She gets where she’s supposed to go, right from the start, her questions turn into self-affirmation. It was a great evolution.
I need to take time to talk about the characters, because unlike some other stories, they’re not here to tell it : they shape it, with their minds, their point of view, their lives intertwining. This shows of course because of the writing, so deeply into the feelings of Juliette. I wasn’t into Warner in the first book : who would love him with all the despisable things he did ? In this second book, we really get to know him on another level : we get a glimpse of his life-story, we understand what happens, or, more likely, who happened to make him like that. We finally see Warner as a human-being, and this, was beautiful. And hello! So many breath-taking moments with Juliette in this book…just, wow. We see the author’s prose at best during these moments, where all the intensity of a deep connexion, deep, uncontrolable feelings between two people show. She manages to capture this with perfection, frankly, it blows me away. In this book, the love-triangle gets settled in…and I can see all the Team Adam / Team Warner coming. Reading the first book, I was hooked on Adam and Juliette’s relationship…but now, I got everything back in perspective. Because, let’s face it : Warner became my weakness. And, on last note, Kenji : I love you. What a great, snarky, funny, awesome character, and a refreshing touch in this messed-up, tainted love dystopian world.
I’m definitely going to read Ignite me, and I hope it’ll be more than amazing. From what I’ve read now, I’m pretty confident, though. I want to leave you with a quote. These are sentences you want to read over and over again. And keep in your heart forever.
“I want to be the friend you fall hopelessly in love with. The one you take into your arms and into your bed and into the private world you keep trapped in your head. I want to be that kind of friend. The one who will memorize the things you say as well as the shape of your lips when you say them. I want to know every curve, every freckle, every shiver of your body.
I want to know where to touch you, I want to know how to touch you. I want to know convince you to design a smile just for me. Yes, I do want to be your friend. I want to be your best friend in the entire world.”
Tahereh Mafi, Unravel Me (Shatter me #2), published by HarperCollins, February 5th, 2013.
Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—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 heart—and Adam’s life.