My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Summary (from Goodreads): 24 meets the X Files in the biggest teen blockbuster of the summer…
STOP THE COUNTDOWN. SAVE THE WORLD…
Leaving the beach, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit head on by a pickup truck.
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…
My Summary: Janelle thought she knew exactly what the future had planned for her: graduate college, get a good job - all while pretending her mother's drinking problem didn't exist and that her dad wasn't at work more than he was at home.
Everything changes the minute Janelle's hit by a speeding pick-up truck.
She dies, but someone pulls her back: Ben Michaels, stoner extraordinaire. He does something she can't explain, mending her broken bones and restarting her heart with just a touch. Apparently there's more to Ben Michaels then she thought... especially after she discovers he's somehow connected to a mysterious device that even the FBI can't disarm - something that could bring about the end of the world as she knows it.
My Thoughts: I don't think I've ever read anything even remotely resembling Unravelling. I've never been really big into the whole 'sci-fi' genre, but after reading this novel I think I'm definitely going to start.
Firstly, I loved the underlying theme of the book: not everyone is who you think they are. It's such a big concept, and yet it's hard to find YA novels that mention anything about it. Props to the author for including it!
I also really liked that the romance wasn't the main focus of the story. Strictly-romance novels are awesome, but if a book is about the apocolypse or something, then the romance shouldn't be the main focus of the story. Right? Again, thank you to the author for not making the main character into a love-sick puppy and disregarding any plot.
Speaking of the plot... I loved it. The way all the little pieces wove together in the end was awesome. And the pace was perfect - I flew through the pages (even though this one has around 400) and never felt bored. I was done reading in less than 8 hours - and trust me when I say it flew by.
Final Thoughts: This is definitely one of my favourites of 2012! I recommend it to anyone who loves sci-fi (or anyone just starting out in the genre, like myself), paranormal YA, or even a good dystopian. There is some mention of sex and alcohol and drug usage, so I'd probably recommend it to older teens only (say 16 and up). Check it out!