Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris

August 22, 2014 Reviews 1 ★★★★½

Unbreakable by Elizabeth NorrisUnbreakable (Unravelling #2) by Elizabeth Norris
Published: June 6th 2013 by HarperCollins
Format: Paperback, 479 pages
Genres: Science Fiction
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4.5 Stars

Four months after Ben disappeared through the portal to his home universe, Janelle believes she’ll never see him again. Her world is still devastated, but civilisation is slowly rebuilding, and life is finally starting to resume some kind of normality. Until Interverse agent Taylor Barclay shows up. He’s got a problem, and he needs Janelle’s help. Somebody from an alternate universe is running a human trafficking ring – kidnapping people and selling them on different Earths. And Ben, with his unique abilities, is the prime suspect. To make things worse, Janelle learns that someone she cares about – someone from her own world – has become one of the missing.

Now Janelle has five days to track down the real culprit. Five days to locate the missing people before they’re lost forever. Five days to reunite with the boy who stole her heart. Can she uncover the truth before everyone she cares about is killed?

It’s been ages since I read Unravelling! So long, in fact, that all I could remember about it was that I really liked it, and I was desperate to read a sequel.

My experience of reading Unbreakable has undoubtably been hampered by the long time I’ve spent away from this world and its characters. When I jumped into the book I couldn’t remember who most of the characters were, and had basically forgotten most of the plot of the first book except for something about alternate universes and a hot boy who left through a portal. Seriously, that’s all I remembered.

So I was confused (understatement!) when at the beginning of this book. I now know that there was a novella written from Ben’s POV which would have reintroduced me to the world and made the transition easier, but I didn’t read it (didn’t know it existed) and so I struggled.

Aside from my struggles with remembering who Barclay and Struz were, this book was amazing!

Firstly, I can’t believe I forgot how much I love Norris’ writing style. The short, snappy chapters, the count-down, the no-BS attitude all her characters have … I loved, and missed, them all!

Janelle continues to rock my socks. I love her so much – she’s smart, determined, brave, and has amazing strength of will. I wouldn’t have gone through the things she did with half as much grace or rationality. She’s a wonderfully written character and I admire the hell out of her.

When I finished Unravelling I thought Ben was perfect, and I was really looking forward to getting back to this excellent example of YA Book Boyfriend. But Ben’s embroiled in something dangerous, and readers will have to reevaluate everything they know about him just the same as Janelle. The idea that we may not know Ben as well as we think is horrible but realistic, and I’m glad that Norris was able to bring this up in her book.

The action doesn’t let up at all in this sequel! We catch up with Janelle as she’s helping out in the relief effort in her local area after the Wave Function Collapse. She works with the FBI now and takes care of her younger brother Jared. More and more people, especially girls, have started disappearing from the relief centres, but it’s not until Barclay comes back to her world that Janelle finds out the truth: someone has set up a trans-dimensional people-smuggling ring and Ben, her Ben, our Ben, is the prime suspect. Off we go into a dimension-hopping adventure like no other, where our beloved characters find out what really makes them … them. I loved every minute of it and was again sad to say good-bye to this world, and to Janelle and Ben.

I loved Unbreakable! I can’t believe it took me so long to pick it up 🙁 I think I was scared that the sequel couldn’t possibly live up to Unravelling, but it did!! Perfect for fans of science fiction, Unravelling isn’t a book to miss. I really, really hope there’s another book.

One Response to “Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris”

  1. Michelle

    It’s been so long since I read Unravelling – although I won an ARC of this before it was published in the US!! So I feel very slack not having read Unbreakable! It sounds really good – although I’m going to have to refresh my memory of the storyline too 😉 Lovely review, Shaheen!

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