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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  414 ratings  ·  80 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Elliott hasn't slept properly for months. Not since the accident that nearly killed him. Sometimes he half-wakes, paralysed, while shadowy figures move around him. Other times he is the one moving around, while his body lies asleep on the bed. His doctors say sleep paralysis and out of body experiences are harmless - but to Elliott they're terrifying.

Paperback, 375 pages
Published April 26th 2012 by Simon & Schuster UK
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Wendy Darling
4.5 stars I am so glad I wasn't home alone as I read this book! Creepy, violent, and sad, just the way the very best ghost stories tend to be.

Review to come--and mother of cheese, this is definitely an author to watch.
Kirsty (overflowing library)
I really loved unrest. I was completely hooked from the first page and had to keep reading page after page as I needed to know what happened next. It was both creepy and heartfelt and I thoroughly enjoyed every page.

Elliot is a really interesting character. He was in accident which technically left him dead only to be brought back to life by the paramedic team that arrived at the scene. Ever since then sometimes when he goes to sleep he finds himself quite literally drifting out of his body and
Jul 03, 2012 Brodie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
4.5 stars

I've always been fascinated with astral projection and out-of-body experiences, so to find a YA book which explores both these elements? Brodie EXCITED. And Michelle Harrison did not disappoint in bringing them to life with a creepy bite and a welcome emotional depth. It's easy to sympathise with Elliott. His life has gone on a downward spiral ever since the accident, where death took hold for a good two minutes before paramedics could revive him. Ever since, his sleep has been anything
Several months ago Elliott was in a serious accident, one that left him dead for 2 minutes before the paramedics on scene were able to resuscitate him. Ever since that awful event he has been having problems sleeping, waking in the early hours each night to find that he is no longer in his body or finding that he is completely paralysed. That would be bad enough but add in the strange ghostly figures he sees during the experiences and it has left Elliott terrified - either he is losing his mind ...more
I think the highest accolade I can bestow to, Michelle Harrison's, Unrest is this; that I stared reading it whilst going through a period when I could not get in to any book enough to read past chapter two, and yet I finished it, and loved it!

Unrest drew me in, and kept me hooked. It's an emotional journey with plenty of meaty well-researched and beautifully envisioned supernatural along the way. A unique and original ghost story, with tension and romance, with a fabulous conclusion.

Didn't expect that was the ending... is difficult.
Richard Denney
Creepy as hell and entertaining!

I could not put this book down. It was so dark, creepy, and had a mystery element that came out of nowhere, which I loved. If you are looking for a spooky & thrilling read, then pick up Unrest by Michelle Harrison ASAP!
Sammee (I Want to Read That)
4.5 Stars

Ever since I’d heard the synopsis for Unrest I knew I had to read it! And I’m very pleased to say it lived up to my expectations.

The story sucked me in straight away. I loved the voice Michelle Harrison gives to Elliott – he’s very likeable but not perfect. And the situation he finds himself in after his accident makes for compelling reading.

It is apparent a great deal of work has gone into constructing this story – it reads in such a believable way which makes it very creepy! I loved a
Nina at Death Books and Tea
Review: Ever since Elliot was killed and revived in a car accident, he's dreamed of ghosts and out of body experiences-and not in a nice way. To try and understand these, he works at Past Lives, a haunted museum. He and fellow worker Ophelia later discover another ghost, and this one wants both his girl, and his life.
Ghost story! Yay! It starts off a little creepy, with Elliot dreaming of the girl who used to live in his apartment before she killed herself. Getting through basic backstory and st
One word: disappointing. From the blurb I expected it to be really thrilling but all I felt was 'eh'. And to add insult to injury, it would have been a really good book if it was written properly. The big surprise and twist at the end wasn't even that much of a surprise because the author wrote it in such a way that you saw it a mile coming. Plus the ending just felt too botchy, like she was just adding all the answers to the questions at the end just for the sake of closing the book. It didn't ...more
I honestly never thought I'd like a scary story like this one. It took some time to get my self hooked into the story. But I didn't get scared by it even though I read it at night. My friend recommended it to me and she said she couldn't sleep for 3 days straight. I'm going to bed soon and I'm pretty sure I'll be able to sleep. But I guess my imagination didn't let it turn too scary. If it was a film that's different. But that doesn't mean I didn't like it. I honestly loved it. But as said befor ...more
‘Unrest’ tells the story of Elliot who’s been having sleeping problems ever since the accident in which he temporarily died only to be brought back to life. He’s able to have out-of-body experiences when he’s asleep and he’s constantly haunted by restless spirits. When he gets a job at a haunted museum, things begin to take a turn for the worse.

I expected ‘Unrest’ to be a straight up horror story but it wasn’t – it was more than that. It fleshed out the main character, had plenty of background o
Elas Büchertruhe
Nachdem Elliot seit einem Unfall mehrere Minuten klinisch tot war, kann er Geister bzw. deren Schatten sehen und spüren.
Doch nicht nur das. Sobald er eingeschlafen ist, verlässt er seinen Körper um sich auf eine Art Astralreise begeben. Seine Freunde und Familie wollen und können diese Erlebnisse nicht glauben. Als er sich dann in Ophelia verliebt wird es richtig kompliziert denn plötzlich versucht ein Geist von seinem Körper Besitz zu ergreifen.
Michelle Harrison hat es schon auf den ersten Seit
Lenas Booklife
In dem Buch von Michelle Harrison geht es um den 17-jährigen Jungen Elliot,von dem man am Anfang sofort erfährt, dass er ein Problem hat: Jedes Mal wenn er einschläft, sieht er die Geister von Menschen, die schon lange tot sind. Um sich selbst davon zu überzeugen, dass er nicht verrückt ist, zieht es ihn in den gruseligsten Ort Großbritanniens: Den Geschichtspark Past Lives, der zufällig noch einen Mitarbeiter für Geistertouren braucht. Elliot sieht seine Chance gekommen und nimmt den Jo
Michelle Harrison is a very gifted writer. The way she has set out the story and then determined the pace of the book is perfectly balanced and speeds ahead in all the right places whilst reflecting and slowing at the right times. I guess what I am saying is that this is one of the finest books i have ever read. She surpasses some of the big names in the horror/supernatural genre with just 1 entry. The story is of a boy named Elliot who is gifted in out of body experiences, the ability to see sp ...more
Favo La
Die Aufmachung von "Schlaf nicht ein" ist einfach ein Hingucker. Das geheimnisvolle Cover mit dem milchig-transparenten Schutzumschlag versprach eine geisterhafte Mysterygeschichte zu werden. Und schon nach den ersten Sätzen bekommt man dafür die Bestätigung, denn Michelle Harrison steigt gleich mit einem Spukmoment ein und so lernen wir Elliotts Problem, Fluch oder gar Begabung (?) kennen. Schon seit längerer Zeit versucht er wach zu bleiben, da er seit seinem Unfall im Schlaf Schattengestalten ...more
Seit einem Unfall, bei dem Elliott kurz klinisch tot war, hat er die Gabe, dass er beim Schlafen aus seinem Körper gehen kann und dadurch Geister sieht. Elliott ist ihnen hilflos ausgeliefert und weiß nicht, wie er sich dagegen wehren kann außer, indem er auf Schlaf verzichtet.
Als er Ophelia kennenlernt, spitzt sich die Lage zu, als er merkt, dass etwas von seinem Körper Besitz erlangen will.
Michelle Harrison hat mit „Schlaf nicht ein“ ein absolut lesenswertes, mitreißendes und sehr gruseliges B
Stefanie Hasse
„Ich lag da, in meine Decke gehüllt, und verbrachte den Rest der Nacht damit, krampfhaft wach zu bleiben.“

„Ich dachte an all die Dinge, an die Siebzehnjährige eben so denken: die Nächte durchmachen, durch die Gegend fahren, Mädchen, Sex und wie man an Alkohol kommt, ohne den Personalausweis vorzeigen zu müssen.“

„Die Kombination aus der Erfahrung von Hilflosigkeit und dem Gewicht des starren Körpers kann eine Empfindung hervorrufen, die sich anfühlt, als würde man erdrückt. Dann
Jan (lost pages)
Vor einer Sache hat Elliot richtig Angst - einzuschlafen! Seit er nach einem Unfall für einige Minuten klinisch tot war, hat sich sein Leben komplett geändert. Im Schlaf verlässt er seinen Körper und kann durchs Haus wandern, doch dabei ist er nicht allein. Die Geister der Verstorbenen, die kein Glück im Frieden gefunden haben, suchen ihn heim. Bisher hat er nicht den blassesten Schimmer, wie er sein Leben in normale Bahnen werfen kann. Er versucht es mit einem Job als Führer in einem Mus
Big Book Little Book
Pruedence for

I acquired Unrest at last year’s Summer Scream Foyles event after having heard Michelle Harrison read a section of it and getting some serious goosebumps in the full blazing summer. Unfortunately my forever growing TBR pile meant that it had to be postponed again and again until…. Halloween rolled on. I put everything aside and immersed myself fully in the scary world on the night of witches, and boy what a scare!!!

I stupidly read it mostly at night after I
A heart-wrenching novel with some unexpected plot twists. I fell in love with Elliott's character, felt the pain he went through during his terrifying 'dreams'. A thrilling, well-written read, I would highly reccommend it.
Dank des deutschen Klappentextes hätte ich das Buch eigentlich gar nicht lesen müssen, steht ja schon alles drin.
Welcher Hohlkopf hat den nur geschrieben? >:(
For fans of the supernatural, the creepy, murder, excellent writing, male perspective, a lovely romance and/or unpredictable plot twists: you want to read this.

It took me a while to get into Unrest, about 100/150 pages. But after that, the story really picked up and I read the last 200 in one sitting. I've always had an interest in (lucid) dreaming. I imagine this book could be scary for a couple of people, (view spoiler), but it's not extreme or anything. It does give you a lot of visuals, though.
I loved how everything tied up in the end, I definitely did not see t
Serendipity Reviews
This book blew me away. Once I began reading it, I just couldn't put it down. Michelle Harrison is excellent at hiding the truth from you until she is ready for you to hear it. There were elements that I really didn't see coming and I really should have. The story builds at a slow pace, which adds to the tension as you become desperate to find out what is happening to Elliott. As the book progressed, I had to finish reading it in daylight, as some of the scenes really did freak me out.

Past Lives
What constitutes a good ghost story? The spook factor? The presence of a concrete plot? A genuine retelling of events?

Probably all of the above. At least for me, I think.

"Unrest" actually had all of those, but each trait just wasn't outstanding enough. It's like a jack of all trades, master of none.

The Story:

Seventeen-year-old Elliott came back from the dead, literally. Just when he thought he was killed in a car accident, the paramedics brought him back to life. Since then, he has had plenty ou
Lisa Redmond
In contrast to her previous trilogy which appealed to 9-12 year olds and teens, Unrest is firmly in the teen category. The protagonist Elliott has left art school after a near fatal accident has destroyed his confidence. He is feeling depressed and disturbed and his sleep is interrupted by strange visions and dreams. Gradually Elliott realises that he had an out of body experience and is now able to see ghosts, as he is woken again and again by a young woman who took her own life a few years bef ...more
Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
I’d heard a lot of praise for Michelle Harrison’s The Thirteen Treasures series for younger readers and so was excited to hear that she planned to venture into YA with this standalone novel Unrest and it only took me until the end of chapter one to realize what all the fuss was about. The first chapter completely sucked me in, Michelle Harrison has this atmospheric way of describing what’s happening that sent a chill down my spine. Her writing is suitably creepy and suspenseful and I became abso ...more
I don’t read ghost stories on account of my being easily terrified by anything resembling a vengeful spirit. I decided to give Unrest a go for two reasons – it is written from a male perspective, which is rare enough in YA, and Elliott doesn’t hide from his connection to the spirit world, but goes and gets a job at a haunted museum. Talk about brave. I didn’t have the luxury to read the book in the daytime as I had initially intended, but it didn’t turn out to be half as terrifying as I expected ...more
I’ve been a fan of Michelle Harrison since her debut, The Thirteen Treasures, so when I found out she was writing a ghost story for a YA audience, I got extremely excited. And I had every reason to.

Unrest immediately draws you into Elliot’s unsettled and creepy world where he is haunted in his own house. Wondering whether he’s losing his mind or experiencing something ‘other’, he needs to find a way to make it stop. There’s an electric tension running through the novel as Elliot’s encounters bec
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My first children's novel, THE 13 TREASURES, won the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize and has been sold for translation in 17 countries worldwide. It's followed by two sequels: THE 13 CURSES and THE 13 SECRETS, and a prequel, ONE WISH.

I've also written UNREST, a ghost novel for young adult readers.

Before becoming a full-time writer I worked in publishing as an editor, and also as a bookseller. I
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