by Elizabeth Norris
Publication Date: April 24th, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
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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.
From debut author Elizabeth Norris comes this shattering novel of one girl's fight to save herself, her world, and the boy she never saw coming. (Goodreads)
Seeing her life flashing before her eyes after being hit by a pickup truck, seventeen year old Janelle knows that she is dead. Only she isn’t dead at all. She wakes up to find a loner schoolmate, Ben, kneeling over. Did he really bring her back to life? That is the question Janelle keeps asking herself. It’s up to Janelle to find out how, and why, Ben saved her. And she must also find out if Ben has anything at all to do with the clock that is counting down to the end of the world.
Janelle proved to be quite an interesting main character. She was a very bright, intelligent young lady. She is much like her father with her keen observation skills, and never seems to miss a thing. When tragedy ensues, Janelle takes matters into her own hands. Ben’s character is one I knew I would like from the beginning. He was so very mysterious, and I enjoyed unraveling the mystery that is Ben.
The secondary characters in the story were intriguing as well. I really came to care for quite a few of them; Alex, Janelle’s best friend, also for her dad and brother, Jared. They all were very well written, and made quite an impact throughout the book.
I found the book to be very well paced; I finished most of it in just a day’s time. The plot held my attention, and I have to say it was a great breath of fresh air compared to some of the books I’ve read lately. There is a bit of romance in the book, but I didn’t overpower the book as I expected it to. There were more than a few moments in the book where I was screaming: “Oh my gosh, I know that didn’t just happen!” The author definitely didn’t hold back. I am also pleased to say that this book kept me guessing right up to the end.
Overall: I’m not much of a sci-fi fan. However, I enjoyed reading Unraveling a lot more than I expected to. The unique characters and the addictive storyline all flow together to make a wonderful read.