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lunes, 9 de abril de 2018

Unraveled: a smart, action-filled dystopian romance

Book buddies, this reader is happy when she finally reads the finale of a great trilogy like Perfected, by Kate Jarvik Birch. It feels like the right thing to do, having that closure with a gripping story and good characters. UNRAVELED is here :-) And check the giveaway at the end of the post!

About Unraveled (Perfected, #3):
Ella isn’t anyone’s pet anymore, but she’s certainly not free.

After exposing the dark secrets about NuPet’s breeding program, forcing them to repeal the law that allowed genetically modified girls to be kept as pets, she thought girls like her would finally be free. She never dreamed that it would backfire. NuPet may have convinced the public of their intentions to assimilate pets back into society, but Ella knows it’s a lie.

They aren’t planning mass rehabilitation…they’re planning a mass extermination

Now, with the help of a small group of rebels, Ella and Penn, the boy she’d give up her life for, set out to bring down NuPet for good. But when her group gets implicated in a string of bombings, no one is safe. If she can’t untangle the web of blackmail and lies that extends far beyond NuPet’s reach, she won’t just lose her chance at freedom, she’ll lose everyone she loves.


Beautifully written and inspiring. I'm so glad that I could read the final book because it’s not easy after such a long time since the previous two books. Obviously, I could not deny myself finding out how it all ended. And it's so worth it! 

The thrilling action and tension combine effectively with the vivid feelings conveyed by the sensitive writing. I could feel every doubt, every frustration, every dream and pain Ella and Penn go through as they face this evil, giant enemy that never hesitates to lie, kill and overpower. 

Ella and Penn also have to deal with the cost of this fight to their bond, it is tested but it blooms beautifully in the end. I loved their times together, when they click and when they suffer. I understood when they considered fleeling versus making a stand. It felt real. And then, Ella was like a phoenix bird, gritty in her sweaty, painful efforts, but so brave and inspiring in her flawed humanity.  

Once again, the moral price of taking hard decisions was paramount. Is vengeance or winning against evil a good enough reason to forgo one's soul? Humans as pets bred on a laboratory is such a great theme to ponder this issue. I was mesmerized in the first book and I think it really shows all its depth in this finale. This struggle is interwoven in the scenes which are full of surprises and action. 

Ella is working with a team to overthrow NuPet and the congressman, all of them have a part in this mission, yet she shines with inner strength that's all hers and born of steadfast goodness and resilience.

What a wonderful conclusion to this dystopian trilogy about the meaning of humanity against a backdrop of greed, slavery, violence and the true meaning of freedom. The climax of this novel pulsates with fantastic action and adrenaline, but it also stands out with its own powerful message of self-empowerment and true love. A very inspiring heroine in the midst of an adventure that makes you think and feel. Loved it.

Excerpt from Unraveled:

No one glanced up at us as we left. We were inconsequential, just two kids leaving a pizza place. And that’s exactly what we felt like—kids. Powerless. Weak. Alone.
The bell on the door jingled lightly once more, and we stepped back out into the night. Once again, the sound of jazz music drifted out of the bar next door. I paused, listening to the soulful cry of the saxophone. For a moment, I closed my eyes, focusing on the full, round tone.
And then, just as the last note of the song died away, the bomb went off.
One single note rang in my ears.
High pitched.
The saxophone... It had just been playing, wasn’t it? I could remember the low, sweet crooning, but that wasn’t what this sound was.
I shook my head and tried to bring a hand up to my eyes, but something held it clamped down at my side. I tried to wiggle free, but there was something pressing my back, too, making it hard to breathe.
I coughed. My mouth was dry, thick with dust and the taste of metal.
“Penn,” I croaked. “Penn?”
I blinked, trying to turn my head.
In front of me the ground spread out like a battle field.
Red and blue lights blinked behind a cloud of dust. Dark forms moved left and right, up and down. Long limbs waved to one another.
My cheek pressed against something rough.
“Here’s one,” someone said. They sounded far away, a voice inside a bubble floating somewhere high above my head.
The weight on my back lifted, and a hand slipped beneath me, lifting me from the ground. I choked in a deep gulp of air and balanced on my wobbly legs. Even with the world tipped vertically once more, I couldn’t make sense of it.
I turned.
The dark outline of Penn stumbled toward me.

Behind him, the building crumbled in on itself. Brick and cement.Wire and steel.Here and there a tipped table, a smashed chair. Broken glass littered the ground, glittering with the orange light of flames that glowed inside the hole where a door had just been. A door. A door. The door that had just jingled shut behind me.


Kate Jarvik Birch is a visual artist, author, playwright, daydreamer, and professional procrastinator. As a child, she wanted to grow up to be either a unicorn or mermaid. Luckily, being a writer turned out to be just as magical. Her essays and short stories have been published in literary journals including Indiana Review and Saint Ann’s Review. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband and three kids. 

Author Links:
Author Website: katejarvikbirch.com
Author Twitter: @katejarvikbirch
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