You Read What? Book Review: Destroy Me

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Publisher: HarperCollins

Date Published: October 2nd, 2012

Format: E-book

Synopsis:

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.

Number of Days It Took to Read: 2

Cover: Beautiful. HarperCollins changed the cover of shatter me so that it could match with Destroy Me (the novella) and Unravel Me (the sequel). All three books are gorgeous and really pop alongside other books.

The Writing Score: 3 out of 5

Recommendation: A Casual Perusal.

Memorable or Forgettable: Forgettable

Rating: 3 out of 5

Review:

I feel like a bunch of stones will be hurled my way for this review. I didn’t like the novella as much as I thought I would. Warner was an intriguing character in Shatter Me because of his obsession with Juliette and cleanliness and…well…the guy has his obsessions. Do I think he should have his own book (even if it’s a novella)? Eh, sure. It gave fans a look at Warner from more of a sympathetic perspective. It gave us a glimpse at his past and his relationship with his father. With that said, I really didn’t like the writing style.

WHAT? BUT YOU LIKED IT IN SHATTER ME AND IT’S KIND OF THE SAME.

Yes but that was the POV (Point of View) of a different character. The writing style is more  telling than showing which can get annoying at times but it worked for the character of Juliette since she was isolated for almost a year. Plus, it appears the telling vs showing issue is more prevalent in this book than the last because Mafi is trying to get out as much info on Warner as possible in a short amount of time. Do I feel more sympathy for Warner? Sure but that’s more because I’m supposed to rather than actually having genuine sympathy and that might be due to the whole telling vs showing. There really isn’t a plot to discuss since it’s mostly about Warner as an individual. His father as a character wasn’t scary at all. Just a guy on a power trip who will have a brutal death mostly likely…

It was still a nice read but it’s definitely fallen from the grace that Shatter Me laid out. The novella also offers a sneak peak into Unravel Me which was really good from the few pages I read.

A. A. Omer

The opinions expressed here are mine and readers are welcome to disagree. In fact, I encourage it! I never believed in putting particular books or authors on some sort of universal pedestal but you’re free to put it on your individualized pedestal because I most certainly will.

One thought on “You Read What? Book Review: Destroy Me

  1. I’m on the fence about whether or not I want to read this. I loved Shatter Me, but I didn’t find Warner as compelling as others seemed to. Plus I’m getting kind of tired of these extra novellas/short stories. Maybe I’ll check it out closer to Unravel Me’s release

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