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By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Sci-fi romance full of strong language, mature themes.

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There's plenty of drama in UNRAVELING, with catastrophic earthquakes, a near-death experience, and high school horrors like near-date rape, slashed tires, and break-ups. And, of course, the countdown to the end of the world. At the center of it all is Janelle, a trained lifeguard who can wield a gun, keep her dysfunctional family functioning, and put clues together almost as well as her FBI agent dad. These elements will keep readers riveted.

But add those elements together, and there's often too much going on. The sci-fi part of the story suffers the most, with some hasty explanations of big concepts (no spoilers here!). And some of the high school and family drama takes away from the drama of the final countdown. Still, author Elizabeth Norris will draw plenty of readers in with her ambitious first novel.

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