Book Review: Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi

Posted November 5, 2012 by Debby in Book Reviews

Book Review: Destroy Me by Tahereh MafiDestroy Me by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #1.5
Published by Harper on October 2nd, 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Supernatural, Young Adult
Pages: 111
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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.

2 Stars

So I read Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi back in March. I loved it, absolutely loved it. However, later, cruising through Goodreads reviews, I found that there weren’t that many raving reviews (in any case, from the people I follow). Critique came mostly from the excessive use of similies and metaphors, and the lack of world building.

In Shatter Me it never bothered me. The similies and metaphors I found quite beautiful because it fit so well with the main character, Juliette. Someone who’s been locked up in an asylum in total isolation for almost a year has got to be unique. Through her narration she shows how she got through the time by discovering the beauty of words. However, in Destroy Me, Warner does it too? Not as much, but still.

[Full disclosure: my sad rating just stems from me being an Adam fan.]

I briefly glanced at reviews of this and kept seeing raving reviews, people ecstatic about it and totally in love with Warner. Now in Shatter Me, Warner was never that appealing to me. I didn’t see it the way others did. And this novella didn’t help. I struggled with it and I think it’s mostly that it’s a female writing a male POV. And I don’t buy it. He’s a whiney, whiney, whiney baby. He’s also such an emo boy. He’s completely obsessed with Juliette for no real apparent reason. (And yeah, I detest instalove.) It’s just so much emotion in a young adult BOY – it’s improbable. I don’t know whiney guys like that (and moreover, if I did, I definitely wouldn’t be drooling over them). [I must note that the overall tone of the book does fit completely perfectly with the cover – maybe I should have paid more attention to that.]

I must add to this, read Destroy Me (if you’re interested) RIGHT AFTER you read Shatter Me. I had such trouble remembering what had happened in Shatter Me and Mafi didn’t really fill in the blanks very very well. So at times it was a bit confusing. But then again this could well be because my memory is such shit. It’s probably that actually. Probably.

However I must praise Mafi’s effort to finally shed some light on her dystopian world. While Shatter Me boasted being dystopian fiction, the world was never really well established just because through Juliette’s narrations we COULDN’T learn about it because she didn’t know anything about it. So it was nice to finally fill in some of those blanks. However, it still could have been better, if the time Warner spent pining about Juliette was spent analyzing the relationship with his father even more.

Summing Up:

When everything is said and done this does make me anxious for Unravel Me in February 2013. I hope the world building effort will continue there and that we can stay the hell away from Warner’s POV. (I guess this officially makes me Team Adam, huh?)

Recommended To:

Hardcore Shatter Me (and Warner) fans.

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