Review: Unraveled by Kate Jarvik Birch

(Perfected #3)
by Kate Jarvik Birch
Publisher: Entangled TEEN
Publication date: April 3, 2018
Genre: Young Adult Dystopia

Ella isn’t anyone’s pet anymore, but she’s certainly not free.

After exposing the dark secrets about NuPet’s breeding program, forcing them to repeal the law that allowed genetically modified girls to be kept as pets, she thought girls like her would finally be free. She never dreamed that it would backfire. NuPet may have convinced the public of their intentions to assimilate pets back into society, but Ella knows it’s a lie.

They aren’t planning mass rehabilitation…they’re planning a mass extermination.

Now, with the help of a small group of rebels, Ella and Penn, the boy she’d give up her life for, set out to bring down NuPet for good. But when her group gets implicated in a string of bombings, no one is safe. If she can’t untangle the web of blackmail and lies that extends far beyond NuPet’s reach, she won’t just lose her chance at freedom, she’ll lose everyone she loves.




Unraveled is the conclusion we’ve all been waiting for. It’s been a few years since the last book came out and I wasn’t sure if I’d have trouble getting back into the mindset for this. I remember really enjoying the first book. Mainly because it was so demented and twisted. I mean, humans who are bred for the sole purpose of being someones “pet” is pretty messed up. So, I was really looking forward to seeing how everything unfolded in the end.

Ever read a story where you have no idea who the bad guy is until the moment it’s revealed, leaving you with your jaw on the ground? Well, that was not this story. From the moment I met this traitor among their midst I had their number. I mean, it was so blatantly obvious that I can’t believe no one caught on. Not to mention that when their first mission ends up in an explosion and they know someone ratted them out to the enemy, like they say out loud to each other that someone sold them out, why do they continue to have open discussions among their group?! You have vital information with the place and time of a secret meeting… why not share it with the class! This happens time and time again, and every time their well thought out plan goes way off course. But, yet they still kept discussing stuff out in the open like they were trying to come up with a theme for their science project. It just really bothered me that they knew something was up, and yet kept on chugging along like nothing was amiss.

Aside from the characters lack of intelligence, this was a good story. I mean, there’s a lot of suspense, action, and you’re always wondering what’s going to happen next. Right from the beginning of the story we hit the ground running. Between missions, and trying to uncover where the girls are, there was just so much going on. It wasn’t all just to save the girls from their evil master’s either. These girls are going to be terminated and when one of their tips leads them to a slaughterhouse… “shudders:… you can’t help but feel the urgency in what they are trying to accomplish. Even though there are some really dark subjects brought up, there are no actual visuals. So, you are told they are going into the slaughterhouse, you are told that a bomb blew people up, but you don’t actually witness it as the reader. So if my previous comment freaked you out, you don’t have to worry about it. The author doesn’t really go into detail on the more darker side of things, and instead glosses over it.

I thought that Unraveled was a good conclusion to the trilogy. I thought the original concept of the story was interesting… creepy, but interesting. I had a big problem with the mole in the group and how naive the people within the rebellion were. However, I was still interested to know how things played out and continued with the story. I’m glad that after all these years we finally got an ending to Ella’s story.


Favorite quote…

“She didn’t look like a traitor. But I guess I didn’t know what a traitor looked like. On the outside, they were human like the rest of us. It was inside the ugliness lived.”

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20 Thoughts on “Review: Unraveled by Kate Jarvik Birch

  1. This series sounds so interesting, I’ll check if my library has it 😀

  2. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as you’d hoped. But your review was hilarious!

  3. I’m always anxious about ends so it’s good to hear it’s a good conclusion but it’s too bad it wasn’t more…

    • Endings to a series are so hard because you’ve built up so much time with them. This one had a good ending, I just with the story itself was a bit better.

  4. Is it just me that thinks the cover is beautiful and weird at the same time? I do enjoy dystopians, so I’ll definitely check this out. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Kristin!

    • It makes sense when you read the story, but I get what you’re saying. LoL The pets are dressed up and paraded around like china dolls. Since her escape, her owner has done everything he can to get her back, and this installment is filled with a bunch of traps that he has set up in order to achieve that. 😉

  5. It drives me crazy when it is so obvious who the bad guy is but the characters have no clue. Had this happened to me within the last month read. To make it worst the characters were 3 assassins looking for one person. The whole time the bad person was right in front of their faces and it was obvious to me right from the beginning. I could not wrap my head around how some bada$$ assassins could not see it. Even worse the book was from on of my favourite author who is known for some good twist in her reads.

    • HahaaHaHa Oh my goodness. That would have driven me up a wall. Especially since they are assassins. They’re supposed to be cunning and smart in order to do what they do. You’d think they’d not only be able to weed out a rat in their midst, but would also know who their target is.

  6. Nadene on 16 April, 2018 at 5:11 pm said:

    I am gad you enjoyed it despite the issues you had with the characters.

  7. Even though you had some problems with this the series does sound interesting.

  8. The concept intrigues me Kristin. Nope, I do not want to be anyone’s pet.

  9. My first thought on this was ‘that is an awfully interesting book cover’ and then I read the blurb and was like ‘well then… That’s an interesting concept for a book’, lol. I’m officially curious. 🙂

    • HaHaHa Yeah, the cover can confuse you if you have no idea what’s going on. The story was definitely an interesting one though. Made me think about my own pets at home. 😀

  10. I’ve seen this cover everywhere lately but I had no clue what the book was about. Kind of odd but intriguing premise. Glad you mostly like how it ended.

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

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