Mini Review: Undone by Elizabeth Norris

Posted by Jessi (Geo) on December 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

Mini Review: Undone by Elizabeth NorrisUndone by Elizabeth Norris
Series: Unraveling #1.5
Published by Balzer + Bray (3.5.2013)
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: eBook, 120 pages
Source: I own it

4.5 Stars

Before the accident. Before their universes collided. Before they fell in love.

Riveting and romantic, Undone: An Unraveling Novella contains three short stories set in the world of Unraveling, the first book in the gripping sci-fi duology by Elizabeth Norris.

Before Ben Michaels saved Janelle Tenner’s life, Janelle saved Ben when he stumbled through an interuniverse portal into a completely new world. That day, he fell in love with the girl of his dreams. And he never forgot her.

Through three stories told from Ben’s point of view, learn how Ben and his friends discovered their ability to travel between worlds, how Ben first met Janelle, and how he pined for her for years before he actually got the chance to meet her, save her life, and capture her heart. And find out what happens to Ben between the cliff-hanger conclusion to Unraveling and the beginning of its heart-stopping sequel, Unbreakable.

My thoughts

It was very interesting to see things from Ben’s POV! I loved him already, but being in his head made me love him even more.

At just about every significant moment in my life, she was there. Whether she knew it or not.

The way Ben sees Janelle was incredible. He’s actually quite obsessed with her, but for some reason it was endearing rather than creepy. He changes his schedule so he can be in class with her, stands up for her and helps her even when she doesn’t know he exists.  He sees her as practically a goddess, and loves her before he even meets her. It sounds absurd, but with him, it worked and it was convincing.

I liked finding out about things that happened that we couldn’t see from Janelle’s perspective. It was eerie to experience the accident through his eyes, to get the detail of exactly how bad Janelle was and how much of a miracle he performed by fixing her. We also got to experience what happened when Ben finally gets home, and how it wasn’t paradise like he’d hoped.

I also enjoyed seeing Ben’s world. The differences between our world and his were pretty cool, like: The traffic lights are red, yellow, and blue instead of red, yellow, and green; they have something called wafflecakes instead of plain waffles; the drinking age is only 18. Plus, their society leans more toward dystopian.

Overall Assessment

Writing style: 5/5
Characters: 4.5/5
World-building: 4.5/5
Pace: 4.5/5
Cover: 4.5/5
Overall rating: 4.5/5

Jessi (Geo)

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