Friday, January 18, 2019

Review: Destroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5) by Tahereh Mafi

Title: Destroy Me 
Series: Shatter Me #1.5
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publication Date: October 2nd, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Bought
Format: E-book
Age Group: Teen
Genre: Dystopian

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.

I have always liked novellas. I think they are perfect ways of adding more depth to a story and it allows the reader to see more of a particular character that we may not always get to see and try to understand where they are at with the current story. 

*insert small rant*
That being said, I do feel I see more novellas in dystopia, science fiction more so than contemporary. Am I complaining not so much but I wish there more of that but enough said and now back to Warner. 
*end small rant*

Warner, Warner, Warner. What are we going to do with you? With this constant obsession with Juliette and his need to not just have control over her power but also her heart. However, I knew from the first book that there was something more to him and although we don't fully see it there is something vulnerable about him, especially when his father shows up.  Talk about dad issues. 

Mafi writes this taking place right after Juliette escapes, injuring Warner and news about Juliette's escape and power are soon known everywhere and the Supreme Commander, Warner's dad, comes to take action and clean up the mess that Warner has created. 

There is so much tension between these two that I felt my blood pressure start to rise when reading scenes with both of them in the same room. Warner, although, has shown this ruthless side, can be considered a puppy with a tantrum compared to the level of destruction his ad can cause with just one look. 

This was short, not exactly sweet (not meaning in a bad way) but it was a good way of seeing more into Warner's character to the point where he might be able to change my current hatred towards him. I am curious because I can feel that there is something more to him especially with him being able to touch Juliette just like Adam. Coincidence? 

I give this novella 5 souls! 

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Review: Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi

Title: Shatter Me 
Series: Shatter Me #1 
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publication Date: October 2nd, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Age Group: Teen
Genre: Dystopian

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days. The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color. The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now. Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

When your friend knows that you have a book on your shelf that you were supposed to be read and you can feel her giving you a look even though she is not in the same room as you nor in the same state, that is when you know it is time to read the book. (I am pausing here). I feel like I had to pause for a little bit of a dramatic effect because I do not know what i just read (I actually do know) but I am hating myself more and more for taking so long to read it. 

In the story we follow a girl, Juliette,  who has been locked up in a cell for over 250 days, no contact with anyone, and hanging on a very small string to survive. However, things start to change when she gets a new roommate. Juliette is finally pulled from her prison and introduced to where she has the option of helping the Reestablishment or fight back. 

I do not know how Juliette managed for so long. I would been twice if not three times as scared and the very thought of continuing on would be slimmer. However, the moment she is pulled from her prison, we see a new girl emerge. A girl who sees another opportunity to fight, another opportunity to find love, and another opportunity to finally be free. Juliette came out of her shell and she has become this fierce heroine that readers, especially girls, can look up to and find their own inner strength. 

When talking about the men in the story we have two polar opposites, Adam and Warner. Adam was a character I had to warm up too, but thankfully it did not take too long. Warner on the other end is on my "hate" list. However, there is something about Warner that is holding my interest and I am curious as to know more about him and his past. I cannot tell you what it is exactly but there is something there. While Adam is sweet caring, loving, and dependable. Warner is cruel, ruthless, and a pain in the rear. The perfect Ying Yang combo. 

Now I know I am coming to this book super late but this book did turn up the heat multiple times. The relationship between Adam and Juliette is HOT!!! However, I do not know if I am fully in support of it. Because, and I know I am probably going to upset some people, I have this feeling Warner might surprise me. Maybe not, but he sure knows how to bring the heat as well. 

Tahereh Mafi definitely knows how to write a book. She is able to write a story where girls are able to feel strong, vulnerable but most importantly feel human. I am excited to continue this journey with Juliette, Adam, and potentially Warner and most importantly I am glad I do not have to wait as long as the people who first read this story will. Shatter Me is an action-packed, dystopia novel that will leave you wanting nothing but more. Mafi is brilliant. 

I give this novel 5 souls!