Publication Date: April 24, 2012Review: I had sky high expectations for this book. I don't think they were exactly met, but I do know that this book was very intense. I had a few problems with it, to be honesty, but overall, I thought it was a good book.
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Page Count: 445
Synopsis: 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, she knows—with every fiber of her being—that Ben has somehow brought her back to life.
But her revival, 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.
From debut author Elizabeth Norris comes this shattering novel of one girl's fight to save herself, her world, and the boy she never saw coming.
Janelle was too cookie-cutter heroine for my tastes. She was independent, a good sister, the care taker, smart, and while yes, that sounds fabulous, I just didn't buy it. I felt like she was too plain. She didn't have an unusual personality. She wasn't particularly interesting. She just seemed too unoriginal. I felt the same way about Ben. I know other bloggers found him completely swoon-worthy, but I just didn't feel it. He, like Janelle, was too stereotypical. The smart, attractive, quiet boy who turns out to be something more. I wasn't invested in him, really. Both main characters were too perfect. It wasn't believable. I also wasn't invested in their love. The romance seemed forced and came too quickly for my taste. I loved the minor characters, especially Janelle's younger brother Jared and Ben's friend Elijah. I cannot wait to read more about them in the sequel!
What really got to me was the plot and the concept. Science fiction is a really broad topic that I love, and Elizabeth Norris definitely had the right idea going when she wrote this. Multiple universes? Love it! I ate it up. There really wasn't an exact science to the science fiction, but I still found it extremely fascinating. The chapters are short and dramatic, making it very easy to read large chunks at a time. The plot is fast-paced and surprising.
Unraveling is a heart-pounding, crazy intense, and enjoyable story that will surely please many readers. It's fascinating, captivating and highly readable. The characters were disappointing and two-dimensional but the plot and concept made up for it!