Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #1.5
Published by HarperTeen
Publish Date: October 2, 2012
ebook, approximately 111 pages
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. –(summary excerpt from Goodreads)
**You may not want to read this if you have not yet read Shatter Me –
because I do mention the plot. You’ve been spoiler-warned!
You’re safe to read this before reading Unravel Me.**
My Thoughts: I haven’t always been the type to buy the short stories/novellas that accompany books. Sometimes I would grab them if they were offered for free, but I’ve never really gone out of my way to read them before. This has to stop. Now. I’m being very serious.
I can’t remember how it came up in conversation, but two of my blogging friends – Heather from The Flyleaf Review and Lauren from Love is not a triangle. – both urged me to read Destroy Me before I read Unravel Me. Because I trust them completely, I said OKAY!
Here’s the thing: Like a ton of other people, I loved Shatter Me to pieces. I loved it. I thought Mafi’s style of writing was so unusual and beautiful and odd and perfect to describe the character of Juliette, the girl that had been locked away for days and months and years. In my mind, I can perfectly picture someone as
fragile broken suppressed unique as Juliette thinking in jumbled, incomplete thoughts. And Mafi using run-on sentences and strikethroughs to show us exactly when Juliette’s thoughts were all mixed up? Brilliant.
Also Very Important To Know: If you remember, bad guy Warner keeps Juliette locked up – for reasons. After awhile, he puts Adam into the cell with Juliette, which is very interesting as Juliette hasn’t had interaction with anyone in a very long time. Initially distrustful, her thoughts go kind of crazy, but Adam isn’t really going anywhere being that he’s stuck in there with her, and eventually sparks just fly. And I mean, they fly all over the place and their romance is WOW.
Warner is such a creepy guy. He’s in charge and likes to show it. He has a grandiose attitude and he likes to dress Juliette in up beautiful dresses and make her eat dinner with him (creepy!). He is murderous. He is a trained leader/assassin/killer/soldier. He’s so ruthless. There are a couple of parts of Shatter Me that made my skin crawl because of his Warner-ness. But doggone it, Warner is an excellent villain. I will give the dude that.
I have always been on the “Team Adam” side of things. I have never wavered. I have always thought Warner was the creepy (but excellent) villain. He’s on my Top Three Most-Awful-But-Best-Villains list, you guys.
Tahereh Mafi has given Warner a voice and inner thoughts. Now everything is different! EVERYTHING. Oh, the dude is still a bad guy. He’s still a bad guy, y’all. But he is an actual person too, with thoughts and feelings. Do you remember when I mention that some of the things Warner did made my skin crawl? Tahereh Mafi used the novella to explain Warner’s reasons and thought processes for doing some of these awful things – Oh my goodness, sometimes Warner actually had (somewhat) valid reasons! I got a big ole’ glance into Warner’s life and…pardon me, but it destroyed me.
I’m not going to say anything about who Warner is on the inside, his thoughts, his reasons, or any of that. I’m not going to talk of his motivations. You’ll have to read about all of that. (Trust me, you want to.) But…
As a reader that loves a fully-developed, three-dimensional character, I have to applaud Tahereh Mafi for taking the time to develop Warner a little more. I am currently reading Unravel Me and this character development is much more in line with what we’ve gotten/are getting with Juliette, Adam, and Kenji (all from Shatter Me). Everyone seems to be on much more equal footing with their development – some characters are changing – and things are happening. BUT, it is only after reading Destroy Me that it all makes as much sense as it does.
I’d say that Tahereh Mafi probably accomplished her mission – at least to a small degree – with me. I highly, highly recommend that you download and read Destroy Me before you read Unravel Me.
Tahereh Mafi/Shatter Me
Romance: No triangle in previous book. However, this novella
could mean a potential love triangle in the next book.
Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi
Do you plan to continue with the series?
I HIGHLY recommend you purchase & download
Destroy Me before you read Unravel Me!