“This debut features Janelle Tenner, a popular 16-year-old, who carries big responsibilities on her young shoulders. With her FBI-agent dad's grueling work load and her mother's bipolar disorder, Janelle must care for her younger brother and balance her own rigorous academic schedule and lifeguard job. When she survives a freak accident involving a runaway pickup truck, she knows this is no ordinary miracle. For starters, she's sure she actually died, that her slacker classmate, Ben Michaels, brought her back to life, and that her dad is desperately racing to solve a case involving a terrorist time-bomb threat, with an impact that could shake up life on the planet itself!”
— F. Josephine Arrowood, The Cottage Book Shop, Glen Arbor, MI
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.