Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Happy Book Birthday, Unraveling Eleven by Jerri Chrisholm


Eleven Trilogy #2
by Jerri Chrisholm
Entangled Teen
YA Dystopian
384 pages

In Compound Eleven, freedom from tyranny is impossible.

My name is Eve Hamilton, and I’ve managed the impossible.

I am free.

Until just like that, it is wrenched from my grasp. And this time, the corridors of the dark underground city are even more dangerous than ever before. But my brief taste of freedom has left me with something useful, something powerful, something that terrifies the leaders of Compound Eleven.

And now I have a monster inside.

One I’ll need to learn to control, and fast, or I’ll lose everything and everyone I hold dear. Starting with Wren Edelman. The one boy who has taught me that anything is possible if we stick together.

But will that matter if I become the very thing he fears the most?



This is the second book in a trilogy, and I did read the first one before opening this one...which I would highly recommend doing, since the second book takes off where the first left off.

While the first book centered on Eve's life in section Eleven, she's now in the outside world. And what a different place it is! The contrast makes it clear how constricting her life was before and how unfair things are. The new world is bright, bold, and very well described, making the reader sink in just as much as book one, but this time, with a totally different flair. This gives the dystopian aspect tons of clout and makes the world sit.

Eve also gains flair in this book as there's finally time and concentration on the character arc end of things. Not only is the world around her different than what she's learned to know, but she herself has a lot to learn. Add the changing relationships and the knowledge that she can't remain, and there's more than a little inner conflict as well. In other words, this book offers the perfect middle as she develops from book one to, what I assume she will be in, book three. 

The action and tension are high enough to keep the pages turning, but there's also enough space for emotion and development on other levels. This one packs unexpected twists and turns, especially at the end, and has more than enough relationship points to add depth as well. 

The ending is one that makes it impossible not to want to pick up book three. So, I'm now just going to have to wait and see what happens next...and I'm definitely more than a little curious.

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