Review: Unravelling by Elizabeth Norris

Unravelling
Leaving the beach, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit head on by a pickup truck.
And killed.

Then Ben Michaels, resident stoner, is leaning over her. And even though it isn’t possible, she knows Ben somehow brought her back to life…

Meanwhile, Janelle’s father, a special agent for the FBI, starts working on a case that seems strangely connected to Ben. Digging in his files, Janelle finds a mysterious device – one that seems to be counting down to something that will happen in 23 days and 10 hours time.

That something? It might just be the end of the world. And if Janelle wants to stop it, she’s going to need to uncover Ben’s secrets – and keep from falling in love with him in the process…

Oh my days. I don't know what I was expecting with this book, I was totally expecting it be awesome and this book just blew my expectations to pieces by seriously topping it. I mean, this book was like miles of awesome all rolled into a ball of awesome flattened out and made into a book of awesome. You get my drift? This book was awesome.

So yeah, I kind of liked it.


I started out by thinking, yeah, this is okay, I'm enjoying this book and by the time I closed it with tears in my eyes, extremely tired at three o'clock in the morning I could think of nothing but this book. It set us up with a mystery and at some points I thought that I was knew what was going on, but this book is not predictable and everytime I thought I'd worked out the mystery a twist came in that shocked me and left me reeling. Th pacing in this book was superb and for most of the last one hundred pages I was sat on the edge of my seat, dying to see what was going to happen. The ending was well written, not what I had hoped for but what I know deep inside is what should have happened, I am so excited to read the sequel... eek!

I loved the characters, Ben was by far my favorite because not only was he an enigma in this book but he is also very believable, he has his mystery but he is also a nice, romantic and strong male lead. I also really liked Janelle as a lead because she was so strong-minded but also multi-dimensional. The other characters were fantastic as well, I really did like Alex, Janelle's best friend as well as Janelle's dad and I also found the lesser prominent characters very believable, especially Janelle's mother who is battling a mental health disorder.

The genre of this book is sci-fi, and my days is it done good. I'm relatively indifferent to 'contemporary sci-fi' books, as in sci-fi books that aren't dystopian, unless they are done really well but this one was done so well. I don't want to give any spoilers but whilst the science fiction aspect did catch me off guard I found that it worked so well, and there was a little bit of gore as well. If I had to compare this book to a TV show, it would be like Bones meets Fringe, pretty heavy on the Fringe aspect... but hey, I love both of those shows and it worked so well!

Overall, I'm not going to say that this is the best book that I have read this year (though it's pretty much on par with first place) but it is by far the best science-fiction that I have read in a long time, if not ever. Seriously, take my advice and read it, I doubt you will regret it.

Overall Rating: A+ 

Book released June 8th 2012 by Harper Collins UK
Book received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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