Review * Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris

August 20, 2013 Reviews 7 ★★★★★

Review * Unbreakable by Elizabeth NorrisUnbreakable by Elizabeth Norris
Series: Unraveling #2
Published by Balzer + Bray on April 23, 2013
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 479
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Unraveling
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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?

What I Thought…

  • I both loved and hated the way Unbreakable started. There was absolutely no recap of Unraveling, which I appreciated on principal, Unbreakable jumps right into the action. I hate reading the second, third, etc book in a series and have the first 50 pages tell me what’s been going on. However it had been so long since I read Unraveling that at first I was feeling a bit lost, but I did manage to catch up pretty quickly.
  • So the world is still in disarray and unsettled when Agent Barclay shows up to get Janelle’s help in finding Ben, who has been accused of being involved with the missing people. Agent Barclay believes Ben is innocent but needs Janelle to help him prove it, and of course to save Ben. Janelle agrees to go with Agent Barclay in part to help Ben, but mostly because her BFF Cecily is one of the missing.
  • Agent Barclay, Janelle and Elijah travel to a few different earths. The idea behind these different earths is fascinating and I love that everywhere that they went Norris made it so different, but a believable different, if that makes sense. Seriously, this multiverse business should exist because it is fascinating!
  • In Unraveling Ben mentions the fact that their are doubles. Each world is a divergence from another world so there are other versions of you on the other Earths. Even though they are your doubles physically, they are often quite different mentally and in personality because of their different backgrounds.
  • We meet a few doubles in Unbreakable, I won’t mention the doubles by name but one of them completely blew me away and creeped me out a bit. It’s crazy how different people can become with a different upbringing.
  • Janelle was again pretty badass. She dealt with some pretty tough losses at the end of Unraveling and she could have completely fallen apart and retreated into herself, but she didn’t. She was willing to do whatever needed to be done to stop all the people from going missing.
  • Ben doesn’t appear immediately in Unbreakable, but when he does you’re probably going to want to smack him for being an idiot. Janelle gets upset, rightly so, and Ben will have to go through a lot to make it up to her, if he can…
  • While Agent Barclay didn’t do much for me in Unraveling he sure did a lot for me here. Before Ben even reappeared I was already hoping that Janelle would ditch him for Agent Barclay. There was quite a bit of tension between those two and with Janelle pissed at Ben, who knows?
  • There were quite a few new characters introduced including Struz’s double. Double Struz is so completely different and it’s hard to think about him not being the sweet, kind, caring Struz that you met in Unraveling.
  • The ending was kind of chaotic, but in a good way. So much was going on and you think you know who all the bad guys are, but you don’t, they just kept popping up. The ending also made me tear up a lot. Damn you Elizabeth Norris!!
  • I love the fact that instead of a trilogy this is a doulogy. Norris could have stretched this out but I’m glad she didn’t. Rather than have a bunch of filler both Unraveling and Unbreakable were full of action and suspense.

Notable Quotes

“I was here.
I lived.
I mattered.
This is a good way to go.”


7 Responses to “Review * Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris”

  1. Petty Witter

    Hmm. still not sure if this is a read for me or not. Definitely one I’d need to read after the first book in the series though.

  2. Kate- Midnight Book Girl

    I’m sorry that I didn’t prepare you for the one thing that happened in this book, but I had my reasons! Plus, you got back at me because I did not realize there wasn’t going to be a third book. I guess I’m going to have to go all fan-fiction on this series and write a third one myself that finds a certain double of a certain character. ;)
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  3. Erin

    I loved this book as well! And I agree with you, that ending had me in tears. I love that Elizabeth Norris isn’t afraid to make her books messy. Great review; I’ve missed reading them.

  4. Courtney

    A duology huh!?! That is very interesting! And I have to say I’m intrigued by the concept of doubles and how that would work in a book. I may have to read this series someday!

  5. Tina

    I’m glad that you loved this one! The world-building sounds amazing, as does the characters the plot. I was a little meh on Unraveling but I may read Unbreakable soon anyway because it sounds like it gets even better and I’m so happy it was realistic! It sounds like it WOULD make a fantastic movie, fantastic review Kimberly!
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