Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris. The second book in the Unraveling series.
Four months after Ben disappeared through the portal to his home universe, Janelle believes she’ll never see him again. Her world is still devastated, but life is finally starting to resume some kind of normalcy. Until Interverse Agent Taylor Barclay shows up. Somebody from an alternate universe is running a human trafficking ring, kidnapping people and selling them on different Earths—and Ben is the prime suspect. Now his family has been imprisoned and will be executed if Ben doesn’t turn himself over within five days.
And when Janelle learns that someone she cares about—someone from her own world—has become one of the missing, she knows that she has to help Barclay, regardless of the danger. Now Janelle has five days to track down the real culprit. Five days to locate the missing people before they’re lost forever. Five days to reunite with the boy who stole her heart. But as the clues begin to add up, Janelle realizes that she’s in way over her head—and that she may not have known Ben as well as she thought. Can she uncover the truth before everyone she cares about is killed?
Janelle is still thinking about Ben four months after he left to return to his own universe. She misses him. But she has bigger problems, her universe is still recovering from the almost collision they had. There was massive destruction everywhere and they aren't even beginning to pick up the pieces. People are scattered everywhere and disaster hit every city and town. There is no help coming. They keep together and have the army with them, but nothing seems to be getting better. The worst of it is, people keep disappearing. When Interverse Agent Taylor Barclay shows up Janelle finds out just how serious it is. There is some sort of multiverse trafficking group that is kidnapping people from different universes. And Ben has been named as the main suspect. Taylor convinces Janelle to come with him as he hatches a plan to clear Ben's name and stop the disappearances.
Pros:This book was so super exciting! There wasn't a dull moment and this book could just as easily been a movie or a TV show. It's full FBI type stuff and bad agents and the ending was such a shocker and wow. It was exciting and scary and totally a nail biter. I didn't want to put this book down and finished it very quickly! Janelle, I liked her a lot better this time around. She's strong, confident and not afraid to stand up to Taylor and put her opinion out there. She's determined to clear Ben's name. Ben was still sweet but he wasn't a huge part of the story, I thought. He didn't come in until later on in the story and was off for a good bit. The book definitely focused on Taylor and Janelle, which I liked. I thought they made a really, really great team :) I loved them both, a lot! The plot was definitely interesting. It starts off pretty fast and then you keep learning things and adding them to your arsenal. Taylor kept coming up with plans and there were some great enterings and escapes :D The action was fun and interesting. It felt very spy-like. Only more multi-verse-y. Definitely a great science fiction book with a great team up and lots of action and adventure.
Cons: The main problem I had with the first book was that I had expected it to be about superheroes not science fiction and FBI. Don't know why I did, but my expectations threw me off. Plus there was a good bit of cussing. There was still some in this book and the count of the f word was pretty high. Luckily the guy who kept saying didn't come in until half way through :P The writing style I loved and the characters were great as well, I didn't have any problems there. Although it didn't bother me that much there is a good bit of fighting and violence in this book. Janelle does kill a man and it haunts her. There are also shoot-outs and killing and the whole selling people as slaves and "who knows what they've done to them!" stuff. Also content wise there was brief romance but not that much. A couple kisses...and there is some drama with another version of Janelle. Language wise there was roughly 110 or so words. About 30-40 of them were the f word. The cussing didn't bother me that much, definitely rolling the eyes but not really bothered. Mention of drinking and drugs. Possibly a couple other things.
Overall, I enjoyed this book much, much better than the first book and just loved Janelle! The plot and excitement where great and kept me reading, I would definitely recommend so long as the language and violence wouldn't bother that person. This is a great science fiction book and I would recommend to girls and guys 15+ who enjoy that genre as well as action and a dystopian type feel.