Good things come to those who wait. Well, not if you’re the main character of Tahereh Mafi’s Unravel Me. Things get very twisted for Juliette in this installment.
Gone are the ramblings of a possibly mad girl. She does still repeat herself frequently, though. She hasn’t given up her endless counting either when life gets stressed. And, Mafi really stresses her this time with an impossibly twisted love triangle. Just to make life even more interesting, Juliette discovers another layer to her powers (eventually referred to as gifts). On top of that, she learns that she’s not the only one with gifts.
Most people, gifted or not, would probably crack under the pressures that Mafi builds up for Juliette. Fortunately, she’s a strong character who continues to learn her strengths.
Mafi likes to reveal her characters through layers. A reader has to continue reading to learn about what makes the character tick. It’s not easily spelled out which keeps her books moving along. In Unravel Me readers learn the outcome of institutionalizing and ostracizing a person. Poor Juliette. She’s so antisocial. It’s another obstacle for her to deal with. For her, even her stresses have layers.
In this installment we learn to not like Adam Kent. There’s another layer to his personality that’s not particularly admirable. And, then, there’s Warner. He’s the “not so bad guy” in this book. You can find reasons to cheer for him. Mafi does give readers a truly despicable character in Unravel Me, Warner’s father. I’m not giving away the plot, but, you’ll soon learn that there is a twisted triangle with Adam, Warner and Anderson (Warner’s father).
Unravel Me centers around a pending battle between the Reestablishment and Omega Point. However, this book isn’t all gloom and doom. Mafi toyed with a little humor by putting Juliette in a ‘super hero’ costume–a purple spandex one-piece outfit complete with black leather gloves and boots. Even the characters have a good laugh with that outfit.
Most important in this tale is Juliette’s finally accepting her gift. You’ll have to get to the end of the book to find out how
she accepts it, but, it will be worth the wait.
Be sure to read the novella, Fracture Me, after this book.