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Unraveling Eleven

Rating: 4 out of 5.


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 book was absolutely a dystopian masterpiece. It did not fall into the 2nd book syndrome where it is just filler to get to the conclusion. Unraveling Eleven kept me drawn in from the very beginning. The tension between Eve and Wren after having to come back to the compound is so thick, and there were times when I definitely thought it was over. I had forgotten the animosity between Eve and her parents since reading the first book and I was just as devastated this time reading about it. I have an amazing family that loves and supports each other, so I can't imagine being in this kind of situation with no family support. There were moments of utter grief and sadness and other moments where I was so filled with hope while reading this story. I could not help but feel sad for Wren with the revelations about his own parents. The struggles they both go through trying to decide what is best for them to do were gut wrenching. The ending brought such a fierce longing in me, and I am not sure how I will be able to wait for the next installment to find out if it is true.

All of your emotions are brought out while reading this. The characters develop nicely throughout the story, and the plot is pretty seamless. This series is so captivating because it seems a reality that we could one day face. Not to the extreme of these stories but you never know what the future holds and this just shows that some people will do whatever it takes to have power and control. 

I highly recommend this series whether you enjoy dystopian novels or not.

Jerri Chisholm is a YA author, a distance runner, and a chocolate addict. Her childhood was spent largely in solitude with only her imagination and a pet parrot for company. Following that she completed a master’s degree in public policy and then became a lawyer, but ultimately decided to leave the profession to focus exclusively on the more imaginative and avian-friendly pursuit of writing. She lives with her husband and three children, but, alas, no parrot. 



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