Thursday, 14 June 2018

Restore Me (Shatter Me #4) by Tahereh Mafi | Book Review

Book: Restore Me (Shatter Me #4)

Authors: Tahereh Mafi

Publisher: HarperCollins

Pages: 435 Pages

Format: Hardcover

Source: Purchased from Chapters Indigo

Juliette Ferrars thought she'd won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she's still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she's got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?

Let me just start with the fact that I loved Shatter Me. Shatter Me has been one of my favourite books since I first read it, and the series has only gotten better and better. And while Ignite Me kind of gave me everything I hoped for, I still had so many questions; What would happen next? What was going to happen to Sector 45? Juliette and Warner? What about the entire Reestablishment? I had so many questions, and I sort of resigned myself to feeling like I would never get those answers, and that was fine. But then Restore Me was announced, and I lost. My. Shit. I was so excited, and while I didn't read it the day it came out, I was staying away from all spoilers, and keeping my sights set on the day when I'd buy it and finally read it. I was nervous, going in to this. Was it going to be a worthy continuation? Was this going to be half assed? Was I going to like it as much?

In short: This book was everything I could have ever asked for.

Restore Me is a book that gave me everything I wanted. I wanted more plot, and for the stakes to be higher. But I also wanted a bit of fanservice. I wanted to see Kenji, and Warnette, and for there to be some gratuitous kisses. And I got everything there. Kenji was still himself -- his annoying but absolutely loveable self. Juliette was an interesting character to jump into again, because I always forget how young she is for how much she's grown over the series. And Warner -- sweet Warner. Reading the book partially from his perspective did take some getting used to, but that's mostly on my part. But I never even thought about how much we don't know about him. How much Juliette doesn't know about him. Seeing all the characters interact, especially the mixing of new faces and old ones, was so interesting to read about.

But what got me was the plot. Tahereh Mafi's plot is unassuming at first; it lulls you into a false sense of security, so that by the time, almost half way through the novel, we hit the ground running, you think of course. It had to be this way. Of course, this is the only way the story can progress. I can't go into detail without giving spoilers, but I'll say this: Juliette is challenged in the most intense way, and this time, she has to be the one to pick herself up and get shit done. Whether or not she's very good at this, I won't say, but she is in charge in this one.

I feel like I'm rambling without saying much here, but I'll finish this off with one thing. I once heard an author talk about Second Book Syndrome, and she said that the most important thing in a series is that the stakes keep getting higher. It's boring if the stakes aren't raised. And what Restore Me does is attach the stakes onto a rocket and send it into the atmosphere. And then it takes the plot and sends it right up along side it. The stakes begin to heighten in the last 3rd of the book -- creating what I thought was a great balance between fluffy fan-service and real plot -- and by the last page, the stakes are through the roof. The shift from one to the other, from a more subdued writing to the lush poetic prose that the original trilogy was famous for, from fluff to hard plot, is smooth. Everything flows in a way that might not be smooth, but is inevitable. It's not an understatement when I say that I am anxiously waiting for the next book because I can't wait to find out what happens next.

If you're a fan of the Shatter Me series, read this. I was a skeptic, but I'm in love with this book. I cannot wait until the next book comes out, because I am just as in love with this story, and with Tahereh Mafi's writing, as I was when I read the series for the first time.

5/5 Stars, because I can't give it anything but.



  1. I just read the first three books in February and I've become obsessed with this series. I really want to check this one out. It's so exciting that we get to read through Warner's POV. Great review!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    1. I really loved this one as an addition to the series! And Warner's POV is really interesting. I loved Destroy Me (the novella) and his voice is the same, if not stronger, in Restore Me! Thanks for reading!!