Unraveling Duology by Elizabeth Norris
Where did I get it?
In the sale section at Chapters. Go sales!
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.
A little typical. Not horrible though.
I started reading this book without reading anything except the blurb on the back. I was a little nervous going into it because I haven’t seen this series around anywhere except when I saw it in the store. So I’d say I had low expectations.
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The main character, Janelle, was probably my favourite. I thought she was a great female lead. I loved how realistic it was when something weird happened. She didn’t immediately accept the crazy worlds theory, she needed some kind of proof. She was also crazy devoted to her family who we actually got to see. Also a huge plus: she didn’t fall in love right away. Good job.
I surprisingly really liked Taylor as the series progressed. I hated him in the first book but started to love him in the second. He just turns out to be a really good guy who really, really wants to save his world. He’s a hard character to love but he did show his softer side.
There was a little too much pop culture in this book. That’s going to date it in the future. Also it kind of just stuck to the sci-fi genre and didn’t include much else. A little typical at some parts. The writing was good though, even though there was a lot of plot squished into a short amount of time. That made keeping up a little hard. The best part was the characters, easily. There was quite a few of them and they all had interesting backstories and lives.
I had a hard time with the second book because I really didn’t like the main character Ben. I thought he was whiny and really annoying. Janelle could have done so much better. Something I enjoyed quite a bit was the fact that there were doubles. I loved seeing the characters in both world, it was fun and interesting. Overall the ending was good but not great. I would have liked to see a little more, even though it wasn’t horrible.
“the book I was reading turned out to be crack”
5 out of 5 stars (book 1) | 4 out of 5 stars (book 2)