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REVIEW: Unraveling (Unraveling #1) by Elizabeth Norris

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris
Series: Unraveling #1
Published by Balzer + Bray on 24th April 2012
Pages: 464

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.
I have reread Unraveling so many times, yet each time I have been unable to put into words my review for this novel, mainly because it is so unique, different and addictive. Although admittedly, the covers of this duology are rather cheesy, but I like the colours!

Janelle Tenner is sixteen years old, looking after her mother, father and brother, whilst working and keeping up with her studies. What she wasn't expecting to add to that list, was being brought back to life by Ben Michaels. When Jannelle uncovers a case her father is working on involving an unusual countdown, Janelle takes on the responsibility of figuring out what is going on, and how she was brought back to life.

Norris's characters really make this novel understandable, and not too confusing. Janelle is a strong female protagonist, who knows what she wants and how to go about it. She is straight to the point and does not paddle around, just getting on with it. For me, this makes Janelle a likeable character due to her determination but also dry sense of humour. And to be honest, the secondary characters of this novel make it feel that more realistic, with five very different personalities Norris did a brilliant job of forming these acquaintances and friendships; they were realistic, and were not pushed.

THE PLOT! This novel is certainly unique and refreshing. Norris does a brilliant job of creating a complex world and sci-fi novel, that is easy for one who is not very good at science (Me!) to understand, and actually engage the reader into wanting to learn more. The plot was addictive, fast-paced, shocking and thrilling. Scenes where carefully crafted and there to shock you which made it feel more realistic and unstable, as though you were there. Norris does not conform her novel to conventions and expectations, with brutal and emotional scenes which created multiple twists in the novel to really engage the reader

Therefore Unravelling is a must read for anyone who loves sci-fi and/or thrillers, but also for those looking of a unique and refreshing read!

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