Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi | Review

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Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi | ReviewDestroy Me by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #1.5
Published by HarperCollins Publishers on October 2, 2012
Genres: Dystopian
Pages: 109
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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.

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Even though this was just a novella, I was so excited to read Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi and FINALLY get to learn more about Warner. Picking up right after Shatter Me, Destroy Me focuses mainly on Warner and the events at The Reestablishment after Juliette, Adam, and Kenji escape.

What I loved about this book

It’s all about Warner!! He is hands-down my favorite character in this book series, so I was really excited that he had his own book, even if it was just a novella. I loved learning more about him, too. It was great to finally see what his inner thoughts are, especially about Juliette.

This book gave us so much more information about Warner and his backstory. I feel like we really got to see into his mind and it really broke down the “bad guy” image that we built up of him in the first book.

It was also really interesting to see the dynamic between Warner and his father and how that relationship caused Warner to turn into the person he is today. You can see Warner consistently fight himself to put on this cold, ruthless demeanor when his father is around.

But there was also another side that came out of Warner in the Destroy Me book, his softer side. You could clearly see the love that he has for Juliette and how much he wants to protect her. He knows that his father’s plans for Juliette dangerous and wants to get her back to ensure that she is safe (or as safe as she can be).

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Warner truly transformed from the clear cut villain at the beginning of the first book, to a much more complex and deep character at the end of this novella.

This was the book that made people change teams from Adam to Warner. I can see why! After reading this book, it almost makes Adam seem kind of bland and one dimentional. Maybe it’s just because I love Warner so much but I just feel like there is so much more to his character and his feelings for Juliette are so much more genuine than Adam’s are.

What I didn’t love about this book

It was too short! I know this is because it was only a novella, but I wanted even more of him. I want to know more about his history and why he is the way he is. I want to know more about what his plans are and how is going to change the course that he has been set on by his father.

I really hope that we keep seeing more and more of Warner in the next books of the series because I have so many more questions I want answered by him. I feel like he is also turning into the character we all thought he would become after the first book and I am really excited to see how his story develops in the next book.

If you’re reading the Shatter Me series or if you already have, definitely give the Destroy Me novella a read. This was a super quick read, but it gave you so much insight into Warner and it adds to the world and the characters!

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  1. I am totally #TeamWarner, though I have never read this novella. Novellas always leave me wanting, but I am glad it made you love Warner.

  2. I've always wanted to read the Shatter Me series! Back in the days when it was first released (I sound so old lol), it was all over the place and I mourned not being able to grab copies. Will have to fix that soon! Warner sounds cool. ♥

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