Unraveled (Perfected Trilogy #3)
Author: Kate Jarvik Birch
Genre: YA Dystopia
Release Date: April 3, 2018
Publisher: Entangled Teen
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Unraveled is the third and final installment in a fantastic young adult dystopian trilogy. It picks up where the second book left off and takes off. This is a fast paced story line with tons of action and suspense. I loved how quick it was - it made everything in the story seem tense and full of suspense, which only made me read faster to see what would happen next. I don't do spoilers in my reviews, so I can't say too much about the plot without giving anything away - but it's definitely a thrill ride with a nicely wrapped up ending.
I loved getting to know all of the characters on a deeper level, especially our main character and heroine, Ella. She's an amazing character and has been right from the beginning of the series. She has great traits - she's determined to make things right and get justice for what NuPet has been doing, she's strong in more than one way, and she grows a lot throughout the series. I loved feeling like I was right beside her throughout everything - the good and the bad. There's obviously romance in the book, Ella and Penn, and I adored them both separately and as a couple. They were so cute and I liked seeing their relationship grow and change throughout the series. The secondary characters were interesting and had a great amount of detail as well, and I liked getting to know each of them a little more too.
One last thing I want to mention is the writing style. The author used the first person point of view for the book, written from Ella's perspective. This is my favorite writing style and I'm so glad that she used it for this book and the series. It made connecting with Ella so easy - I immediately identified with her from the beginning of the first book and continued to until the very end. I love the first person POV because the readers gets to know the narrator on a deeper level than any of the other styles allows, which makes all the difference for me personally.
Overall, this was a fast-paced thrill ride of an ending to a fantastic series that fans of the genre should definitely get their hands on.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.