Thursday, February 7, 2013

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

Genre:  YA Science Fiction
Unraveling Series, Book 1

Description (taken from Elizabeth Norris' website):
Two days before the start of her junior year, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed — as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing.

Except the next thing she knows, she's opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And even though it isn't possible, she knows – with every fiber of her being – that Ben has somehow brought her back to life.

But her revival, and Ben's possible role in it, is only the first of the puzzles that Janelle must solve. While snooping in her FBI agent father's files for clues about her accident, she uncovers a clock that seems to be counting down to something – but to what? And when someone close to Janelle is killed, she can no longer deny what's right in front of her: Everything that's happened – the accident, the murder, the countdown clock, Ben's sudden appearance in her life – points to the end of life as she knows it. And as the clock ticks down, she realizes that if she wants to put a stop to the end of the world, she's going to need to uncover Ben's secrets – and keep from falling in love with him in the process.

So, um, when I picked this book up, I thought I was reading some kind of dystopian.  It's been so long since I wanted to read it that I kind of forgot what it was supposed to be about.  Well for all those who are a little book genre challenged like me, this is a young adult science fiction novel.  Now we don't see those everyday, do we?  Especially when it gets my seal of approval...

Right away, this book jumps into action.  Janelle is in an accident that should have left her dead.  But she isn't.  And Ben's involved.  But no one's answering questions.  Then we get introduced to some weird occurrences that all seem to be related.  This book slowly weaves details and slight subliminal messaging to prepare you for the ride to come.  And while I read right through it and had the book figured out pretty quickly, I'm glad those slight clues were thrown in.  Otherwise, my opinion of the book once everything started unraveling might have gone down.

I do have to say the ending was the make it or break it for me.  This book is set in the real-world which means we don't get the fairy tale endings where everything ends all honky dory.  In fact, I want to continue this series due to the ending.  I'd definitely recommend this book to dystopian/paranormal lovers who are looking for something a little different.

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