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Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
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Feb 04, 2013

really liked it
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Can you imagine what it would be like to have spent the past several years in near total sensory deprivation? Unable to see, touch, or talk to another human being? Add to that the curse of killing anyone you touch. This is not a recipe for happiness, but as Tahereh Mafi has shown, it does create one of the most intriguing characters ever.

There is something so mesmerizing about the lyrical writing in the Shatter Me series. It is so immersive and textural that at times it can feel overwhelming. But that’s part of what makes it so perfect considering the protagonist. Juliette has been locked away, starved of any kind of contact for years. When she first interacts with people again, falls in love, every experience is super charged and overly bright. When her heart is shredded, so is the reader’s. When she experiences passion–even just a kiss or caress–the reader feels every exquisite sensation. When she unwillingly causes pain, the reader wants to die with her.

It can happen in YA with really great characters that the plot takes a backseat, but not in UNRAVEL ME. This dystopian world is fascinating with it’s totalitarian Reestablishment and the small but growing resistance made up of people with abilities, like Juliette. War is coming and casualties are inevitable, the emotional ones are already happening between Juliette and the two people who have been able to touch her. My heart is still wounded just thinking about the two of them.

The next book in the Shatter Me series(coming in Fall 2013) promises to be as deeply sensual, deeply emotional, and every bit as thrilling as UNRAVEL ME. This series has a plot, characters, and writing that are beyond beautiful. It will be a torturous wait to return to Juliette’s story.

Sexual Content:
Kissing. Sensuality
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