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! 

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