Title: Unraveling Eleven
Author: Jerri Chisholm
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Publication Date: November 16, 2021
Page Count: 384
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
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?
Unraveling Eleven by Jerri Chisholm is the second book in the young adult science fiction fantasy, Eleven Trilogy. As with most fantasy reads this series is best read in order beginning with the first book of the trilogy, Escaping Eleven, as the story in this second book picks up right after the ending of the first book continuing the plot.
The setting in the Eleven Trilogy is a dystopian world where people have been living in underground facilities due to the surface of the earth not being inhabitable. The world building in this new series is built like others out there such as The Hunger Games in which the wealthy are controlling those not as well off as them. The people are sorted in the underground facilities by the fact the poorer you are the lower the level you live.
Eve Hamilton lives in compound eleven in one of the lower floors where she fights for survival. Walking into the ring one day she finds that her opponent is a boy from one of the upper levels with whom she can’t quite forget about after the match. After the match Wren begins showing up in Eve’s life and she wonders if he could be her ticket to a way out of the compound and the two work together to find their way out of Eleven.
When picking up the first book of this series it did give me those vibes of the earlier mentioned Hunger Games and also Divergent when the main character is involved in fighting matches. That said however the story does take on it’s own identity as it moved onward and I became engaged in the characters and their situation. After a cliffhanger ending in the first book I was excited to finally see where the story would head and it did continue to entertain me in book two. Again the plot is left up in the air after this second book leaving me waiting for the next part of the story which I look forward to reading in the future.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
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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