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24 meets the X Files in the biggest teen blockbuster of the summer...


Leaving the beach, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit head on by a pickup truck.

And killed.

Then Ben Michaels, resident stoner, is leaning over her. And even though it isn't possible, she knows Ben somehow brought her back to life...

Meanwhile, Janelle's father, a special agent for the FBI, starts working on a case that seems strangely connected to Ben. Digging in his files, Janelle finds a mysterious device - one that seems to be counting down to something that will happen in 23 days and 10 hours time.

That something? It might just be the end of the world. And if Janelle wants to stop it, she's going to need to uncover Ben's secrets - and keep from falling in love with him in the process...
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 28mm | 320g
  • HarperCollins
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 000746021X
  • 9780007460212
  • 157,940

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"A great blend of science fiction, mystery, and romance with solid writing and a memorable story, and this debut author is definitely one to watch." - The Midnight Garden Blog

"If the world should truly crash soon, then there is one thing I must insist that you do: READ. THIS. BOOK." - The Reviews News Blog

"Unravelling is absolutely EPIC read and I'm still trying to get over how awesome it really is." - Book Passion for Life Blog
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About Elizabeth Norris

Elizabeth Norris is a used book lover, tea addict, fringe science enthusiast, and writer. UNRAVELLING is her first novel.
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Rating details

18,475 ratings
3.84 out of 5 stars
5 33% (6,181)
4 32% (5,842)
3 24% (4,367)
2 8% (1,395)
1 4% (690)

Our customer reviews

Favourite Quote: "Countdowns lead to something. What and where are the important questions to answer - the how and why will come later." After debating with myself over the rating of this book, I'm going to go with 5/5 stars! This book was awesome! The only thing I hated was it took me over 200 pages to finally get into the plot. I felt it was a little slow and a lot of pointless sub-plots were taking over but after those 200 pages WOW. The twists just kept coming (None which I seen coming) and the plot picked up its pace. Then came the ending, which was so sad and leave me wanting the next book immediately. I think this is the only book in a long time were I have liked every single character, that is so rare. The main character Janelle was a great female heroine though I think she did make some stupid decisions but overall she was brave, smart, funny etc. great main character. Then there was Ben who I absolutely adored! He was sweet, caring and a bit vulnerable, everything I ever want in a romantic interest. Other side characters I particularly liked were Jared, Elijah, Alex and Struz they were all awesome in their own way! This is a short review only because it was so good there's nothing I didn't like! So I highly recommend this book to everyone and I can't wait for the next!show more
by brookexx
17-year-old Janelle is just leaving the beach after her shift as a life guard, when a jeep comes barrelling towards her, and she knows she's dead. Then a miracle happens, she's brought back to life, and the person who's currently healing her severed spinal cord? Ben Michaels; a stoner from school. Janelle is given a clean bill of health at the hospital, but she knows what nobody else will believe - she died, and Ben Michaels brought her back. Now Janelle wants to know why, and how Ben Michaels saved her. Janelle also has something else to focus on though, her father works for the FBI and is working on a new case that revolves around the fact that people keep turning up dead from excessive radiation, and they've also found something that appears to be a bomb with a timer - that they can't defuse. Who is Ben Michaels? How did he manage to save Janelle and Why? Why are these people dying from Radiation burns? What is the timer counting down to? And how are Ben Michaels and this case linked? I'm kind torn over this book, because there were parts that I really liked, and then parts that were just so boring it drove me crazy. Some of the plotlines seemed to have holes in them, the whole countdown thing was a bit bizarre (and it sounded much better in the blurb than in the book), and the pacing was just too slow. Janelle was an okay character. I appreciated her determination to find the truth, and her dislike of people keeping secrets from her, but at the same time she was a bit too sure of herself, thinking that she could solve a case that the FBI couldn't! I liked Ben, and he said some really sweet things. Some of his flirting was just lovely, and I quickly grew to like him. One of the major flaws of this book for me though was the pacing. The beginning was good, but after the first 200~250 pages I began to wonder what the hell was going on. The entire middle, and even part of the end were so slow they just dragged, and dragged, and dragged some more. This was really disappointing after such a promising start, and I got to the point where I just couldn't force myself to keep reading, and actually had to put this down and read something else (which I don't really like doing). I really think that this book would benefit from having some of this dead weight cast off, 445 pages was about 150 pages too long! The plot - I have to say that when reading this, I couldn't help but see the similarities between this story and the TV show 'Roswell'; first Ben saves Janelle from dying - Max saves Liz in Roswell, there are three of these kids who are different - ditto for Roswell, and when Janelle looks in the mirror and finds proof that Ben did something to her, (which Liz also did) I was seriously expecting a silver handprint. That being said, I did love Roswell, but the similarities here were just so loud that when it's revealed what exactly Ben is at around page 250, and Janelle makes some sort of comment about being shocked, I couldn't help but wonder whether she had been paying attention to what was going on. When we eventually get to the real story though, the plot holes are huge, and it took so long for things to be explained that I was getting seriously hacked off. How many pages are we expected to read with no explanations for things, until we just can't be bothered anymore? Some of these plot points were answered to some extent by the end of the book, but it was just ridiculous that Janelle herself didn't question some of these things. For a girl who goes around asking difficult questions, and sticking her nose in where it's not wanted - including impersonating an FBI officer, she didn't ask what I thought were very obvious questions. It was a bit like 'We found a purple pig' - 'Great - I wonder what colour the bacon will be?' - aren't you going to ask where the purple pig came from, or why it's there? There were other similar incidents of this during the book too, and it got annoying. The countdown. So much is made of this on the back cover, every chapter starts with the current time left, and the book is even compared to '24'. In the actual story though? It's almost a side-line! Janelle isn't even aware of the clock until about 18 days to go, and even then, it's something her father is working on, not really anything to do with her, and most of the time it's barely even thought about - other things are happening. Yet another misleading blurb! The whole thing about 'Janelle saving the world' was a bit over-the-top too. In reality saving the world had very little to do with her. That being said though, I did enjoy the first half of this book, but I just can't forgive this books problems. Overall; interesting idea, but too many issues. 6 out of 10.show more
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