Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Review: Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi

Title: Destroy Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Series: Yes. (Shatter Me) #1.5
Pages: eBook. 109
Source: Shelf
Genre: Young Adult | Dystopian | Supernatural
Published Date: October 2, 2010
Publisher: Harper

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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.

My Thoughts:
I loved this novella so much! I think my favorite part about this installment is the fact that it was written in Warner’s perspective.

In my opinion, Warner is an extremely fascinating character, especially after reading this story. Even during Shatter Me, if you read my review of that, you’ll see I was always drawn more to Warner than to Adam. For now however, I’ll keep myself from expressing my feelings for Adam until my Fracture Me/Ignite Me reviews. I also really like how the story picks up right from the point when Juliette shoots Warner. The novella allowed me the opportunity to understand Warner’s thought process more and gave me a chance to really appreciate him as a person. Because to be honest, while also stating the obvious… he seemed like a cold-hearted pervert in Shatter Me. Which I can say with confidence is not the case!

“People seldom realize that they tell lies with their lips and truths with their eyes all the time.” 


Tahereh made Warner an amazingly complex character, and successfully puts multiple different layers within each different character, giving them so much life inside her world of words. In this story we were introduced to new characters and reacquainted to a few minor side characters. This was a very quick read; I was able to pick this book up and finish it all within one sitting. It added more depth into the world and showed more aspects of how people were forced to live. And I can't forget to mention how many brilliant quotes are riddled all through this book. This will definitely get you in the mood for continuing onto Unravel Me and give you all the Warner feels. At least it did for me.

“My opinions,” I say to him, quietly this time, “should not so easily break your own. Stand by your convictions. Form clear and logical arguments. Even if I disagree.” 

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