Book Review: Unbreakable (Unraveling #2) by Elizabeth Norris

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 life is finally starting to resume some kind of normalcy. Until Interverse Agent Taylor Barclay shows up. Somebody from an alternate universe is running a human trafficking ring, kidnapping people and selling them on different Earths—and Ben is the prime suspect. Now his family has been imprisoned and will be executed if Ben doesn’t turn himself over within five days.

And when Janelle learns that someone she cares about—someone from her own world—has become one of the missing, she knows that she has to help Barclay, regardless of the danger. 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. But as the clues begin to add up, Janelle realizes that she’s in way over her head—and that she may not have known Ben as well as she thought. Can she uncover the truth before everyone she cares about is killed?

Release Date:  April 23, 2013
Age Group: YA
Source: Review copy from publisher

I didn't think there was any way Unbreakable could be better than Unraveling, but it was!  It was even more action-packed, emotional and fast-paced.  Some authors really "bring it" and Elizabeth Norris is one of them.  I closed the cover with a sigh of contentment, knowing I'd just finished an excellent book, and looking forward to Norris' next novel.  

Janelle is an even stronger heroine in Unbreakable than she was in Unraveling.  She is tough, can compartmentalize her emotions in order to do the right thing, the best thing for others, and she is so smart.  I really admired her!  Ben was the softer one of the pair, I think.  He's more emotional and more open with his feelings than Janelle is.  I liked that so much: the heroine is not a love-struck fool in this series, like in so many others.  

The book starts off with a bang and the pace never lets up.  Like Unbreakable, Janelle is fighting time to save the people she loves.  The chapters are titled with the clock counting down the days, hours, and minutes.  (That feature reminded me of 24, and added an extra layer of intensity to the story).  The somewhat short chapters along with the countdown at the beginning of each chapter just made read even faster.  And it made me say "one more chapter" so many times, until I finally finished the book.  

I love the premise of the multiverse.  It's something I've never read about or even really thought about before.  The inclusion of the doubles made the book even more exciting and even a little terrifying.  There were so many small details that added up to make an outstanding novel.  

I love this series and recommend it to fans of dysotpia, sci-fi and even contemporary YA.  I can't wait to see what Norris comes up with next!

1 comment:

  1. Oh, gosh, the doubles part was so, so weird! When Janelle meets her double, I couldn't help imagining what it would be like to meet mine. I don't think I'd handle it as well as Janelle does. There'd probably be some screaming and little cat-fighting, maybe.


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