Destroy Me & Fracture Me Novellas Reviews

I just finished both of the novellas from Tahereh Mafi‘s Shatter Me trilogy, one from Warner’s point of view and the other from Adam’s, and so I’m going to put both of my reviews for them here.

destroymeTitle: Destroy Me
Series: Shatter Me #1.5
Pages: 101
Format: Purchased eBook*

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.

My love for Warner just increased, I think.

I loved being able to see from his perspective and the different voices all of these characters have. Tahereh Mafi has a way with words, crafting them into beautiful sentences, and it makes my heart flutter.

Warner was actually really creepy to me in the first book, less so in the second, and definitely not in the third. For this novella, he was still kind of weird and foreign to me, but as it continued I really saw his struggle to maintain control. He likes order, he likes control; it’s what makes him feel most comfortable with the world, so for the world to be in disarray after the events of Shatter Me, it’s kind of eye opening to see how he reacts in the situations that are being thrust upon him.

I think that this novella definitely improved his character arc and I wish I had read it sooner. Not only do we get a look into why he did some of the things he did, but we got to understand that he’s human just like everyone else and, though he may try to hide it, he does have emotions and weaknesses and insecurities.

The plot followed the events right after the first book and into the second book, and I like that we got to see more of Delaliu and even his father. The plot itself was simple: find Juliette and the others, and even then that was a challenge given his injury and other factors. I thought that it was engaging and interesting to see what happened from the other side where Juliette and Adam weren’t at.

I really enjoyed this novella and definitely recommend it to Shatter Me fans and if you want to get a bit more out of Warner.

4.5/5 stars

fracturemeTitle: Fracture Me
Series: Shatter Me #2.5
Pages: 67
Format: Purchased eBook*

As Omega Point prepares to launch an all-out assault on The Reestablishment soldiers stationed in Sector 45, Adam’s focus couldn’t be further from the upcoming battle. He’s reeling from his breakup with Juliette, scared for his best friend’s life, and as concerned as ever for his brother James’s safety. And just as Adam begins to wonder if this life is really for him, the alarms sound. It’s time for war.

On the battlefield, it seems like the odds are in their favor—but taking down Warner, Adam’s newly discovered half brother, won’t be that easy. The Reestablishment can’t tolerate a rebellion, and they’ll do anything to crush the resistance . . . including killing everyone Adam has ever cared about.

Though I find Adam to be a pain in the butt, I’m actually really glad to have read this story from his perspective. To be able to see such brotherly love and affection overtake any other emotion is incredible, especially given the circumstances.

I kind of already had a feel for who he was as a character, but just knowing how much he cares for his brother and how he would put him before anyone else kind of makes him a little less of a jerk and a little more over protective older brother.

I get that he felt the need to protect Juliette – I do, I get it – and that he wrestled with himself as to who was more important to him was kind of eye-opening for his character: was he ready to risk the girl he loves, or his only little brother, the only person he has left in the world from his family? But I think that he made the right decision.

The plot followed the story during Unravel Me when everything kind of went to hell, which was an interesting place to see his perspective. I think he thought he was too needed, when in reality Juliette was fine without him. I found this novella to be a good edition to the trilogy.

And as always, the writing is lovely and descriptive without giving too much away.

3.75/5 stars

*Both eBooks were purchased for my nook Simple Touch.

Shatter Me Book Review


Title: Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi Series: Book #1 in the Shatter Me trilogy Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: November 15, 2011
Genre: Young Adult – Dystopian, Romance
Pages: 340
Format: Purchased Paperback

“Shatter Me” by Tahereh Mafi is a story about a girl named Juliette whose touch is deadly. She grows up being hated and feared by everyone, even her parents. When she is sent to the Reestablishment to be held as an insane asylum client, her world becomes different and changes upside down. She counts the minutes and seconds until the day a boy named Adam is also put in her cell, until the day she is essentially captured, until the day she becomes free.

This is a young adult dystopian novel about survival and self discovery. It was an interesting and fast read and I was enthralled by the writing style Mafi uses throughout the book. It is unique in that it is a conscious stream of thought and many of the words and sentences are crossed out as though Juliette takes back those thoughts before they ever come into fruition. It’s definitely unique, as well as the amount of metaphors used throughout the novel. I don’t think it took away from the story, but rather enhanced it and added a bit more imagery for the situation at that current moment.

Overall, I am excited to read the rest of the series, but like many other reviews I’ve seen, I had a few problems with it:

  • There wasn’t enough world building. This had so much potential to be something greater, and really I felt that it fell flat in terms of showing us what the world really looked like until the very end of the book.
  • There was a lot of intense, passionate moments that almost felt like insta-love. Though I did enjoy a lot of the romance, some of it felt out of place and too urgent and very hormone driven.
  • I didn’t feel like some things were explained in enough detail: what was the exact reason she was there? Why did Warner treat her the way he did? What was the exact reason for Adam’s presence there (aka the romance aspect)? I wished more had been expanded upon, really.
  • Some of it felt rushed, as though the plot (which wasn’t really defined and could have been so much better) didn’t exist until the second half of the book.

Now that isn’t to say that this book didn’t have it’s benefits, too. I did enjoy a lot of this book, such as:

  • The romance parts. “But didn’t you just complain about the romance?” In some aspect, yes it felt annoying for some reason, but other times I was totally into it.
  • The writing style was unique and beautiful. I enjoyed the way we were really in Juliette’s head; it felt like we were in a troubled mind that was only getting stronger as the book progressed.
  • The cover is gorgeous (the paperback, not the old hardcover).
  • The character development on Juliette’s part was good and growing. I also enjoyed Kenji and James (they were like comic relief). Adam could have been expanded upon more. Warner is a twisted soul, very good villain.
  • I thought the concept of the powers that Juliette and others had was really cool. Kind of like mutants in a way.

So, this book had both ups and downs, but I overall enjoyed it and hope the second book gets even better and that the plot is expanded upon.

I rated this book 3.75/5 stars.