Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris is pretty much the opposite of what I expected to find myself reading last week. It morphed from chick lit into sci-fi, and anyone who knows me knows that, while I have absolutely no problems with the sci-fi genre, it is not exactly my favorite subject matter.
However, Unraveling was so good that I could not put it down. Maybe that says I was in desperate need of a book, and I would read anything I could get my hands on. But more likely, it says that Elizabeth Norris has created the perfect mix of, well, pretty much all teen genres. It’s sci-fi and mystery, with just a little bit of paranormal chick lit thrown in there, too. If I forgot anything, let me know. Or better yet, read the book and see for yourself if it’s in there. There’s a good chance it is.
The book centers around a teen girl named Janelle, who, within the first seven pages, dies. Now, this is the point where, in most books, “THE END” would be printed in big letters. It’s over. She died. What now? However, Ben, a “loner” from her high school, brings her back to life. He somehow fused her spine back together after a truck hit her. Hmmm … not a bad way to get a girl’s attention, apparently, because she is convinced that she did die and that Ben saved her.
Janelle is quickly written off as crazy by her best friend, her family, and cynical readers like me. She is persistent in this idea that she was brought back to life, and finally, decides to actually go talk to Ben. Maybe this could have happened faster, but the pages in between her death and her conversation with Ben set up her life at home with a younger brother, a dad who works for the FBI, and a bipolar mother.
Well, I think that’s pretty much enough of the plot. I don’t want to spoil the ending; although, there are many more plot twists (as in, enough that nothing I say about them could spoil the ending, because there are just so many changes).
Unraveling would be good to read if you love sci-fi or are ready to have your mind changed about the genre. I would not recommend this book, however, if you are a teen girl who has just died and come back to life and are looking for a guide on how to confront the guy who saved you. In that case, this isn’t exactly the book for you. Maybe there’s a “Dummies” book about that?
Since my opinion of the genre has changed so much, you should go out and read this book, no matter what you think of sci-fi in general. Maybe you’ll end up loving it a little less or a little more than I did, but it will change your view of the sci-fi category.
With these, hopefully, impressive and maybe even life-changing (a girl can hope, right?) last words, I will finish my first review. See you around the library!