Review | Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

Unraveling (Unraveling, #1)

Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Published: Apr 24 2012
Genre: YA 13+
Rating: 4/5

Sixteen-year-old Janelle Tenner is used to having a lot of responsibility. She balances working as a lifeguard in San Diego with an intense academic schedule. Janelle’s mother is bipolar, and her dad is a workaholic FBI agent, which means Janelle also has to look out for her younger brother, Jared.

And that was before she died… and is brought back to life by Ben Michaels, a mysterious, alluring loner from her high school. When she discovers a strange clock that seems to be counting down to the earth’s destruction, Janelle learns she has twenty-four days to figure out how to stop the clock and save the planet.

This book is so fast paced that it just flies by as you read it! Each chapter shows a countdown, but you aren’t sure exactly what is going to happen when the clock strikes down to zero.

The action and suspense start right on the very first page when Janelle gets hit by a vehicle and mysteriously gets brought back to life. Who is Ben Michaels and how was he able to do that? She couldn’t have imagined the whole thing, the doctors had confirmed it happened. As she puts together the pieces of what Ben had done and what it could possibly have to do with the FBI (and her father) you will be delightfully surprised by all of the elements and the sci-fi twists.

With a little bit of romance and a little bit of mystery it will be interesting to see where the rest of this story goes. I was delightfully surprised at how much I enjoyed this story, especially when I picked it out from my local bargain bin for only $4! I will definitely consider continuing on with this story and that means a lot with my lack of interest in sequels! 🙂

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