Destroy Me (Shatter Me 1.5)
By: Tahereh Mafi
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Rating: 4 stars
|Summary: 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: Finally, a novella I enjoyed reading and didn’t think was totally pointless.
This short story gave me a little more insight on Warner (and even Juliet). I admit, after Shatter Me, I was totally Team Adam, and it never even crossed my mind to think Warner may have been love interest potential. When my friends told me that he was not as evil as he appeared to be, and really, he was just misunderstood, I thought they were nuts. Well, I stand corrected. I can see now that Warner was truly misunderstood.
BUT, worry not my fellow Team Adam fans, I am still very much totally Team Adam. Here’s why. I felt Mafi kind of overcompensated for Warner’s evilness in this book by making him too soft and sappy. Yes, Team Warner fans, you heard me right, but hear me out before you pull out your pitchforks.
However, in this book, I felt it was a little too extreme.While it’s sweet that Juliet has a deeper place in Warner’s heart, he was a bit too sappy, in my opinion, as his thoughts and body reactions were typically what I would see in a dramatic teenage high school girl. I lost my notes, but what does his pulse racing so fast “it felt like a whisper” even mean?
So yes, the book does totally change my perception of Warner, but it kind of made me lose my respect for him as that heartless, fearless villain. I wanted him to be bad, and I wanted Juliet to love him despite how he is (one of those emotions where your head and your heart wants different things, and you don’t want to but just can’t control how you feel). And yes, father issues could have given him a good reason to be bad, but going too extreme just made me realize what a soft, cowardly, sorry excuse of a leader that his father believes him to be.
Still, it was a great novella, beautifully written and a great story on its own. I am SO ready for book 2.