Review: Destroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5) – Tahereh Mafi

Release Date: October 2nd 2012
Published By: HarperCollins
Pages: 103
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Rating: 4 out of 5

Synopsis:

Perfect for the fans of Shatter Me who are desperately awaiting the release of Unravel Me, this novella-length digital original will bridge the gap between these two novels from the perspective of the villain we all love to hate, Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

In Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me, Juliette escaped from The Reestablishment by seducing Warner—and then putting a bullet in his shoulder. But as she’ll learn in Destroy Me, Warner is not that easy to get rid of. . .

Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector. Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape. But when Warner’s father, The Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow.

Set after Shatter Me and before its forthcoming sequel, Unravel Me, Destroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

Review: Destroy Me is a bridging novella told from the perspective of Warner. It takes place at the end of Shatter Me, and tells the story about happens to Warner from then until we first see him in Unravel Me.

I read this novella after I read Unravel Me, and I actually enjoyed reading it after the fact, because I knew everything that had become unveiled in Unravel Me, and I could pick up the little hints Mafi was dropping in the novella.

It was well written, as you would expect from a book by Mafi, and I enjoyed this perspective a whole lot. It was the first insight we’ve had into Warner, and after Shatter Me, it’s safe to say I hated his character intensely.

Destroy Me starts to show that there is a little more to Warner than first meets the eye. Yes, he can be cold, and evil, but there’s also underlying reasons as to why he is why he is. And he does have feelings too.

Not a necessary read for you to understand the series of course. Nothing new is developed in this novella, but it was a bonus to see things from his perspective and certainly helps the series to feel more full. If you’re a big fan of this series, you’ll probably want to check this out!

My review of Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) will be posted tomorrow – stay tuned!

Quotes:

“And I’ve fallen.

So hard.
I’ve hit the ground. Gone right through it. Never in my life have I felt this. Nothing like this. I’ve felt shame and cowardice, weakness and strength. I’ve known terror and indifference, self-hate and general disgust. I’ve seen things that cannot be unseen.
And yet I’ve known nothing like this terrible, horrible, paralyzing feeling. I feel crippled. Desperate and out of control. And it keeps getting worse. Every day I feel sick. Empty and somehow aching.
Love is a heartless bastard.”

“I’ve come to believe that the most dangerous man in the world is the one who feels no remorse. The one who never apologizes and therefore seeks no forgiveness. Because in the end it is our emotions that make us week, not our actions.”

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What do you think?

  • Lynn K. says:

    Ahhhh I can’t wait for Unravel Me. I’m so jealous it’s already out on the Aus shelves. >.<

    Destroy Me was definitely eye opening. I love the quotes you choose. ;)

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