Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris
Release Date: April 23rd, 2013
Balzer + Bray, 479 Pages
Source: Bought for Kindle
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Unraveling #2
Follow up to: Unraveling
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 must say right off that I was pretty disappointed in this sequel to the book Unraveling. I was SO consumed by the first book that I read it in 6 hours and I didn’t leave my room except to eat. When I read over my review of Unraveling and compared it to how I felt about this book, it was like it wasn’t even written by the same author.
I was so bummed that the story had such a slow start even though it picked up almost right after the first book ended. There was plenty of action, but reading through what was going on was exhausting rather than interesting and informative. At some points, I felt like there was too much going on at once or that the storyline became convoluted and weird.
The ending was easily my favorite part because it wrapped everything up in a nice little bow. I am not sure if there is a third book, if there is, I am interested to see what Norris does with the characters & story. Honestly, even if there is a third book, I’ll probably read it out of pure curiosity because Unbreakable’s ending seemed so final. I am perfectly content with how the story ended up, but I just wish there had been more substance and more characters to interact with throughout the rest of the story.
Unlike the first book, I didn’t feel the pressure of the countdown. Compared to the gait of Unraveling, Unbreakable felt like it was just limping along. Even with the countdown timer listed for every chapter, I didn’t FEEL any urgency like I had expected.
I only gave this book 3 stars out of 5 on Goodreads, but I don’t know if it is fair or not to compare it to the previous book. I am hoping that other readers that enjoyed Norris’ debut novel will enjoy this one, but I can’t say that I am thrilled with what I experienced. If you love Fringe, inter-universe travel, mystery, and action…this might be the sequel for you.