The love that she thought was safe – and that in many ways saved her – is almost or equally as perilous as the other physical connections she’s had.
Of course physicality does not define an entire relationship, but especially in Juliette’s case, it’s linked tightly with her emotional stability.
Her wand extends beyond the reach of her conscious control; her power is still outside of herself sometimes. Even when she comes to capricious agreements with herself, and Adam, about how to make their relationship work despite the seemingly insurmountable challenge of the combination of their powers, their bodies’ desires do not cooperate. It’s tearing them apart while they desperately try to hold themselves together.
Throughout Unravel Me, Juliette touches on these two creatures: Warner who is human versus one who is a monster. Whereas before it seemed that he fell staunchly on one side of the line, his evil heart bringing about destruction everywhere his power was felt, now this distinction is blurred. Who he truly is becomes increasingly confusing as Juliette spends time with him over the course of the story. I experienced something similar as I read, feeling sympathy for Warner while simultaneously wanting to lock him in an escape-proof box to keep him from wrecking my OTP (Adam’s tortured existence in this book slays me ;__;).
His father coming to link his and Juliette’s (and Adam’s, ohhhhhhh god! I honestly didn’t see that twist coming.) stories together was another development that captured and held my attention. Such a sadistic character brings others’ shortcomings into a different perspective; if anyone truly has evil in his heart, it is Anderson (speaking of names, I can’t take Warner’s first one seriously – am I the only one?!). My mind keeps going in a million different directions when I think of not only how his relationship with Juliette will progress, but how he and Adam will throw down interact as the series reaches its conclusion.
Like I touched on in my Destroy Me book review, this added complexity of Warner’s character made me like his story and the way it fits into the greater plot much more. He’s interesting in new and intriguing ways, and the lack of surety surrounding his morality brings an element of reality into this dystopian world. The above quote is my favourite quote of the book; it is something that every human being can relate to, and was a thought that I found particularly accessible as a reader.