Saturday, 18 February 2012

Unravelling by Elizabeth Norris

Title: Unravelling
Author: Elizabeth Norris
Published by: Harper Collins
Publication date: 7th June 2012
Pages: 416
Genres: Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.

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

And killed.

Then someone is leaning over her, healing her stopped heart. But if she was brought back to life, it must be for a very good reason.

That reason?

Unless Janelle can stop it happening, the world is going to end in twenty three days.

The countdown has begun. 23:57:06...

05...

04...

Janelle's mother has Bipolar disorder and her father works for the FBI. Ever since she can remember, she's been either looking after her mum, or snooping around in her dad's office playing spies. Sometimes she would come across a case about a mysterious murder, or perhaps a photo of someone with radiation burns.
Or maybe a countdown to the end of the world.
Janelle can only think of one thing - if she was brought back to life, surely there was a good reason?
Can Janelle and her friends stop the world from ending before their very eyes?

This novel is very original - I have never read a book that even comes close to how amazing this book is. I like how there is a countdown instead of a chapter title.

The plot was really good. It started off sounding like a normal book, with a teenage girl at the beach with her boyfriend, everything calm and happy. And then she gets hit by a truck which starts to 'unravel' (see what I did there?) a whole truck-load (I really should stop with these bad puns...) of secrets.

I can't decide who my favourite character was - they are all amazing! You can tell that the author thought loads about them, and spent time gradually developing them.

It was really sweet how Janelle looked after her little brother throughout the story, especially near the end when things got dangerous. I would have liked to hear more from his point of view, though.

I'm not too keen on the cover, it's a bit too plain for my liking although I do see the relevance between the cover and the story. It's as if the girl is melting away - ceasing to exist.

I think the 'moral' of the story is that things aren't always what they seem. The three boys in the story seemed like messed-up druggies at the start, but they turned out to be intelligent boys who were 'out of this world'...

This book is brilliantly written. It's amazing! I give it 5/5. I recommend this to anyone 13+ - adults would like this too.

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