Saturday, October 12, 2013

Elizabeth Norris' "Unbreakable"

In May of this year I read Elizabeth Norris' "Unraveling," and as it was a Fringe/X-Files/Veronica Mars sort of story, I was a big fan. It took way too long, but my library finally got in a copy of the second and last book in the series (though there is a novella, "Undone," which focuses on Ben's story. If you read this series, read "Undone" in the middle of the two stories).

I like when I can look at a book cover and be reasonably sure about who each person is, so I'm going to say that, from left to right, this is Taylor Barclay, Janelle, Ben, and Cecily. It's also sort of Matrix-y, which I like.

From Goodreads:

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'd read something about this book that made me think it wouldn't be as enjoyable as the first, but I didn't find that at all. I do think this book wasn't quite as good, but I think that most 1st books are better than their follow ups (especially in the case of the 2nd book in a trilogy, because those are basically just traumatic, but this is a duet. And a half.) If you enjoyed the first book, definitely read this one. It's a nice conclusion (certainly better than the WTF HTF Fringe finale...). Also, I really like Janelle - she is strong and brave and kind. Certainly better than Katniss.


He squeezes lightly, and the look on his face is my undoing. His eyes are soft and the lines on his face express concern and worry - they say are you okay? I struggle to keep my emotions under control, keep the sting in my eyes from turning into tears. The truth is, sometimes it all feels like it's too much, like I can't take it anymore, like I don't know how to keep living like this.

My dad told me fear was just an emotion, something we felt when we thought someone or something was dangerous. He said it was empty as the air, and the only way to deal with it was to confront the danger with a plan to minimize it.

(I might change my video pick later . . .) 

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