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Like The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Elizabeth Norris’s Unraveling blends realistic coming-of-age issues with a gripping science fiction world.
Unraveling’s heroine, sixteen-year-old Janelle Tenner, is used to having a lot of responsibility. She balances working as a lifeguard in San Diego with an intense academic schedule. Janelle’s mother is bipolar, and her dad is a workaholic FBI agent, which means Janelle also has to look out for her younger brother, Jared.
And that was before she died…and is brought back to life by Ben Michaels, a mysterious, alluring loner from her high school. When she discovers a strange clock that seems to be counting down to the earth’s destruction, Janelle learns she has twenty-four days to figure out how to stop the clock and save the planet.
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Amazing book! Very different plot, and I didn't care much for the ending! But, I'm very glad I bought it!
The story started nicely but I wasn't prepared for the story to go sci-fi. I couldn't get into the main character but I did appreciate her relationship with her brother. The laments of love were too cliche and the author over-used an unfortunate writing trap "and she let out a breath she didn't know she was holding". Every time I read that it took me out of the story which is the exact opposite of what should happen.