Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Book Review! Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi

Book: Destroy Me (Shatter Me 1.5)
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 103 pages
Format: Ebook

So when I read Shatter Me earlier this year, I fell in love with Tahereh Mafi's writing style, and her characters, and I was anxiously waiting for her next book to arrive; and it has. Written from Warner's perspective, taking place during Shatter Me, it is a fantastic read with a great insight into the mind of the so called 'villain'. I was wowed by this novella.

Goodreads 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.

Lets start off with my first thoughts, and how Tahereh Mafi is a genius because when I read Shatter Me, I hated Warner, and now? I love him. I have had my entire opinion change just because I've seen inside his mind, and  understand him a little more, I'm torn. I want to still punch him for trying to take Juliette away from Adam (can you say OTP?), but I also want to hug him and tell him everything will be alright. Also, that none of this is his fault.

Another thing I was amazed by was the writing style. As i was reading this on my nook, i had adopted the habit of 'highlighting' phrases that stood out to me. I wanted to highlight the entire book. Even the most bland sentence made me reeling in the beauty of it. There is a line, somewhere near the end of the novel, that is
"Swallow the tears back often enough and they’ll start feeling like acid dripping down your throat."

Honestly, my mind exploded when I read that line because it was just so beautiful.

Overall, I am so glad that I read Destroy Me. I was pulled in from page one, and when i flipped the last page, it left me with a longing for book two, Unravel Me. It was a fantastic addition to the series, and I devoured it in one sitting. The beauty, and the heart break that was tied in with Warner's story. I was on the verge of tears at parts. Damn you, Tahereh Mafi. Leave some talent for the rest of us.

5/5 stars


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