Friday, 1 August 2014

Destroy Me

Author: Tehereh Mafi
Genre: Dystopian, YA
Type: Kindle e-book
Source: Own
Series: #1.5 book in the Shatter Me series
Publisher: Harper
First Published: October 2, 2012
First Line: "I've been shot."

Book Description from GoodReadsPerfect 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.

My Review:  When I read Shatter Me a couple of years ago (and again a couple of months ago) I was enthralled by the writing, characters and storyline.  It was unique take on the popular dystopian genre and it had me on the edge of my seat.  Unfortunately I think my love of this series has waned just a bit with this book.

Since this was only a novella it was obviously quite short compared to the first book in the series so it didn't feel like I got enough time inside Warner's head.  He was my favourite character from Shatter Me so I expected a lot more insight into who he is and why he became the cunning, heartless bad guy we know and love.  The reader does get a glimpse into Warner and possibly why he's such a nasty piece of work as well as his true feelings for Juliette ... but I still wanted more.  

In the end, this was a brief, fairly shallow look into the evil that is Warner.  While I wasn't as enthralled with this book as other book bloggers I still think it will help the reader gain a bit more insight into who Warner is and I suspect that in the future books this information will come in very handy.  

My Rating: 3/5 stars

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