Publication: April 23rd, 2013
Publisher: Blazer + Bray
Page Count: 479
Four months after Ben disappeared through the portal to his home universe, Janelle believes she’ll never see him again. Her world is still devastated, but life is finally starting to resume some kind of normalcy. Until Interverse Agent Taylor Barclay shows up. Somebody from an alternate universe is running a human trafficking ring, kidnapping people and selling them on different Earths—and Ben is the prime suspect. Now his family has been imprisoned and will be executed if Ben doesn’t turn himself over within five days.
And when Janelle learns that someone she cares about—someone from her own world—has become one of the missing, she knows that she has to help Barclay, regardless of the danger. Now Janelle has five days to track down the real culprit. Five days to locate the missing people before they’re lost forever. Five days to reunite with the boy who stole her heart. But as the clues begin to add up, Janelle realizes that she’s in way over her head—and that she may not have known Ben as well as she thought. Can she uncover the truth before everyone she cares about is killed?
I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed the first book. I love sci-fi and alien kind of stuff with high action and adventure. And the concept that you only have x amount of time to save the world or the one you love makes for a great page turner. I definitely enjoyed the predecessor to Unraveling, but I don't think that it exactly lived up to it.
If anything, Janelle's learned a few lessons from the first book and it's made her more of an admirable character. She's smart and she tough. And on top of that, she'll protect the ones she loves. I mean, she's so tough she swallowed pills dry. And she also has her coffee black. There wasn't much character growth, considering she did all that in the previous book, but Janelle was still an interesting character.
So things are different in this one. Instead of saving the world, Janelle and her friends have to save Ben, who happens to get in a lot of trouble, that hooligan. And one of the friends that Janelle makes along the way is Barclay. And if there's one thing that Elizabeth Norris did wrong in this book, it was making Barclay likable, because he was perfect in every sense. Snarky, devil-may-care, courageous, smart, handsome, strong . . . And so the list goes on. But I'm supposed to hate him and hate him at the same time! I loved how he was a character that wasn't the easiest to read and was very dimensional, like all the other characters in this book.
Considering that this book was almost 500 pages long, I read it faster than any 300-paged book. And instead of staying put on a world-as-you-know-it Earth, we travel around different worlds! How awesome is that? And since there's only five days to save her bestie and Ben, this whole book is jam-packed with stressful and high-tension situations. Lots of running around and action to keep my attention, definitely.
Unbreakable was an epic book with lots of adventure and plenty of high stakes situations. I absolutely love this series for all it's danger and interverse traveling and stuff.
Now here's that giveaway as promised in the title! Play fair, and all. US/CAN ONLY. Sorry, international peeps! I promise one of these days I'll do something for you, too.