Balzer & Bray/Harperteen, Hardcover, 9780062103734, 445pp.
Publication Date: April 2012
Like The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Elizabeth Norris's Unraveling blends realistic coming-of-age issues with a gripping science fiction world.
Unraveling's heroine, sixteen-year-old Janelle Tenner, is used to having a lot of responsibility. She balances working as a lifeguard in San Diego with an intense academic schedule. Janelle's mother is bipolar, and her dad is a workaholic FBI agent, which means Janelle also has to look out for her younger brother, Jared.
And that was before she died and is brought back to life by Ben Michaels, a mysterious, alluring loner from her high school. When she discovers a strange clock that seems to be counting down to the earth's destruction, Janelle learns she has twenty-four days to figure out how to stop the clock and save the planet.
“Leav[es] the reader wanting more and begging for a sequel to this multilayered debut.”
-Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“Readers will enjoy the nonstop action and romance.”
-School Library Journal
“A satisfying puzzle full of novel twists and provocative clues.”
“This high-stakes thriller—complete with mind-bending sci-fi twist—will hook you and never let go.”—
-Pittacus Lore, #1 New York Times bestselling author of I Am Number Four
“If Veronica Mars snatched a case from Mulder and Scully, you’d get this fast-paced page-turner. With a heroine full of moxie, wicked surprises around every corner, and non-stop action, UNRAVELING is an irresistible thriller.”
-Andrea Cremer, New York Times bestselling author of the Nightshade trilogy