Book Review: Unraveling

Book Review: UnravelingUnraveling by Elizabeth Norris
Series: Unraveling #1
Published by Balzer + Bray on April 24th 2012
Pages: 445

Two days before the start of her junior year, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed—as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing. Except the next thing she knows, she’s opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And even though it isn’t possible, Janelle knows—with every fiber of her being—that Ben has somehow brought her back to life.

But her reincarnation, and Ben’s possible role in it, is only the first of the puzzles that Janelle must solve. While snooping in her FBI-agent father’s files for clues about her accident, she uncovers a clock that seems to be counting down to something—but to what? And when someone close to Janelle is killed, she can no longer deny what’s right in front of her: Everything that’s happened—the accident, the murder, the countdown clock, Ben’s sudden appearance in her life—points to the end of life as she knows it. And as the clock ticks down, she realizes that if she wants to put a stop to the end of the world, she’s going to need to uncover Ben’s secrets—and keep from falling in love with him in the process.

Unraveling initially caught my attention with its cover. 'Stop the countdown. Save the world'. Hmm… where I have heard something like that before? Ok, so I knew going into Unraveling that I was not getting my long awaited wish of a YA version of Heroes, or something similar. But a girl can wish can't she?

Unraveling starts with a bang. Literally.

While in a rush one day, Janelle, our spunky MC, gets hit by a truck. Next thing Janelle knows, the white light has appeared and then nothing… except for the face of a guy she barely knows, Ben. As mysteries begin presenting themselves, Janelle realizes that there is much more going on than her strangely coming back to life.

Unraveling was a strange book for me. I loved the build up. The mysteries. And most of all the countdown clocks on each chapter. But the book goes strangely from 0 to 60 in the blink of an eye. One moment, readers are hoping to eventually figure out what is going on. The next, everything gets spilled. Sure, there are a few nuggets of mystery left for the ending, but some of the biggest questions get their answers pretty early on. Which left the rest of the book feeling a little sluggish. Until that ending, then readers get hit with another BAM!

Final Verdict:
Unraveling is the type of book that you will either love or not. With all that is going on with the book, and unless you just dislike science fiction, it would be hard to hate this one. Norris is a gifted writer seemingly knowing what her readers are needing when they need it. Although, there were a few rough spots, the book as a whole is a unique jem. And with all these many different facets, Unraveling is one of the most engaging and original books of 2012.

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4 responses to “Book Review: Unraveling

  1. I like the sound of the countdown clocks as well as getting answers but not if it spoils the rest of the book. Still I’ll probably check this one out once it arrives at my library.

  2. Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books)

    I’ve seen some mixed reviews on this one, but I am excited to read it. I just need to carve out some time to get to it! And even though it’s not Heroes, I’m happy you enjoyed it.

  3. April (BooksandWine)

    Engaging and original? Sounds good to me. Although I am not a fan of tacked on big questions/reveals at the end. Still, looking forward to getting some extra time to sit down and read Unraveling.

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