Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Review: Destroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5) by Tahereh Mafi

  • Publisher: HarperTeen (Impulse Imprint)
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Format: eBook 
  • Source: Own/Purchased ebook 
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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.
 
My Thoughts

I will start by telling you that I am not a big fan of Warner. I know there are plenty of Team Warner people out there, and a lot of people who switched teams after reading this. I was not one of those. I still don't like Warner, but I loved reading this and getting to be in his head. Know what types of thoughts go through that psychopathic mind of his, and really try to understand why he is the way he is. This was a pretty long novella too, which I really liked. It gave me more time to really try to "see" Warner and wonder if he was redeemable to me or not. This starts right after Juliet has escaped, and then it actually overlaps a bit into Unravel Me which I thought was pretty cool.

I'm not heartless, I did feel for Warner, but every time I stared to think that maybe he wasn't so bad, something that he did or thought would make me remember just how brutal and uncaring he really is. The only things he cares about are power, and for some reason, Juliette. I don't doubt that he is actually in love with her, but I still don't think that his motives are entirely pure either. He is afraid of his father, for good reason, but he also is determined. I think that his love for Juliette makes him a little stronger, but I still don't trust him one bit.

What I really loved about this novella was that it's not just a different POV. It actually does add to the story and I think that it should be read with the series, though not necessary. I just think it helps you get a better understanding of what is going on on Warner's side since Shatter Me and Destroy Me are told in Juliette's POV. There is a lot more going on then the things around her. I am a big fan of novellas, especially ones that give us more insight. I still may not like Warner, but now I do understand him.



35 comments:

  1. I am 100% conflicted on this love triangle. Split 50/50. Well maybe 51/49 but I have no idea who has the extra point! Loved Unravel Me and Destroy Me. And Shatter Me :)

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    1. I can understand where some people are now Warner fans, I just can't get past his psychotic personality and the fact that to me he doesn't seem to want to change at all. Though I do tend to be overly judgmental when it comes to fictional characters. I am always paranoid and think the worst lol!!

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  2. I still need to read Shatter Me. :(

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    1. I think you will really like it when you finally do.

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  3. I didn't want to read this novella in fear that I might actually like Warner.
    After reading Unravel Me, I like him better than in Shatter Me, but I am still completely Team Adam because no matter what Warner is still a psychopath.
    I'm glad that you liked this novella, Amy!
    Great review! :)

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    1. Honestly, Unravel Me made me like him more than the novella did, but he's still a psycho and I don't think I will ever really like him. Unless he drastically changes, which I don't think is possible. He is set in his ways, it's who he is.

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  4. Novellas are becoming such a huge thing now, holy cow. I really wish I had read Radiant before I read Boundless because I think in that case you actually missed out quite a bit by skipping it. So lesson learned: Novellas are important! Great review chick!

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    1. I think it depends on the novella. Radiant I think was really a must read. She actually told us it was originally part of the story, but it held things up instead of jumping into the book. It makes a perfect novella though. Same with Destroy Me. I think that it's really great to get to know things going on outside of where Juliette is and how it ties into the things that happen in Unravel Me.

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  5. I read the first book... But I didn't love it. I've had an ARC of the second FOREVER, but literally have no inclination to pick it up! :/

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    1. I know some people are put off by the writing style. Sorry that you didn't enjoy it.

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  6. Thank you! I really liked Warner when I read Shatter Me, but now I realize he's completely bananas. I don't think you can justify a really bad childhood for an excuse to be a psychopath. I'm glad you liked this, though. Great review!

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    1. That's what I'm saying!! OMG my review for Unravel Me I think I get a bit ranty about it. Not in a bad way, but I do go on a bit lol!!

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  7. I didn't like Warner *that* much, until I read Unravel Me. As in, he was *aight*, but still mean as I read Destroy Me. Then, I read Unravel Me. And I liked him. Almost too much! :D

    Jessica

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  8. I'm still undecided about reading this series so I was glad to see you reviewed this novella. I really can't picture myself liking Warner but it's always nice to get into the head of another important character...really helps to understand their personality! And I really enjoy novellas too - they're a great way to get that extra piece of the story! Great honest review chickie :)

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    1. I am actually really surprised at how many people are Team Warner. I just don't get it. He's a psyscho with no remorse.

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  9. Yes! You summed up my thoughts exactly! After reading Shatter Me, Destroy Me, and Unravel Me, I have not switched over to the Warner side. Yeah, I have a ton of sympathy for the guy and I understand why he acts the way he does, but does that make his behavior ok? Not at all. He's still cold and cruel and evil. He clearly cares for Juliette in a way much different from anyone else, but I think he's a terrible match for her. He's a terrible match for anyone, for that matter.

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  10. DUDE! FINALLY! Someone who isn't Team Warner! I agree I totally sympathized and felt bad for Warner but like...ADAM! Although I want to read this SO MUCH now because I've been hearing a lot of people saying how well it adds to the series :D

    Awesome review Amy!

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    1. Dude!! You really need to read it!! It's not necessary by any means, but I did really like learning some of the outside stuff and being in Warner's psychotic head.

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  11. Will admit that I am afraid to read this. I do not want to be a Warner fan but it sounds like he won't convert me either. Gonna get to it. Thanks for sharing. I feel better about reading it now.

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    1. If you are solidly not a fan of him, I don't think that this or Unravel Me can convert you. I do understand him more, but it doesn't make me switch teams at all.

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  12. Warner seems to be getting the evil eye by some, and the batting eyelashes from others haha. I honestly don't remember much about him from the first book and it'S been SO long I think I'll be completely lost unless I read the first again. This one may be good to rekindle some memories though. I also like that it's on the long side I don't usually read novellas unless they,re at least worth it in length a little bit.

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    1. Yeah, this really adds to the story. It's not just a Warner POV, we actually get something out of it. It's a really good length too. It was long enough to really get into. I am very surprised at all the Team Warner people actually. I understand that people want to believe he really is good, but I just don't see him changing, no matter how he feels about Juliette.

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  13. I'm not sure that I'm team Warner or anything, but I loved getting a better idea of who he is, why he thinks the way he does, etc. I really enjoyed this book and just getting to know him a bit better. Now I still need to read Unravel Me!

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    1. Definitely. I thought it was really great to be in his head. I did feel bad for him and what he's been through, but I still don't think he's a good person in any way.

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  14. Okay, definitely need to read this and UNRAVEL ME soon. I had mixed feelings about the first book, but I just can' take the suspense about what everyone's chattering about any longer!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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    1. I know that a lot of people had a hard time with the way the first book is written, but I think that it adds to it. You really feel the way Juliette thinks and how her mind works. She's not as crazy in Unravel Me, but she does have her moments where she stars to revert back to it a little. In this, the writing is nothing like that since it's Warner's POV.

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  15. Yeah...after your review, I'm totally going to have to buy this.

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  16. Well, since I love Warner I think I'm going to have to read Destroy Me ASAP. I am glad you enjoyed it even though you aren't a huge Warner fan. Love that it adds to the overall storyline!

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    1. Haha!! If you already love Warner, this novella is a must read. :)

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  17. I finally gave Shatter Me another go and loved it!! Naturally, I'll be reading this novella soon. Usually I tend to side with the "Warner" types but for some reason I just don't feel for Warner. Yah, he's had a tragic life full of loneliness, but who hasn't in this world? LOL.

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    1. I knew you would!! Dude, Warner is a psycho!! I don't think you will like him.

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  18. Warner sounds like just the character I'd love to hate. I haven't started Shatter Me yet (I must get March ARCs out of the way, then ARCs I have to read for my blogoversary, then more ARCs that I should have read while I was reading my books for my blogoversary, THEN I can read non-ARC books), but I think Warner will be like Cole from the Everneath trilogy in that he's an interesting character and I love him for that. And I hear a lot of people switched to Team Warner after reading Unravel Me, so that's definitely eye-opening, too. Can't wait to see what I think of Warner once I start this trilogy!

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    1. Haha!! Yeah, I totally read Unravel Me a few chapters at a time during the day and read ARCs at night when I normally read. I really really wanted to read Unravel Me so I found a way to fit it in. Now I am reading physical ARCs during the day as I have time and digital ones at night. I did not switch to Team Warner! I do feel for him, but I am Team neither right now. Lol!! Team Kenji!! Even though it is impossible. I like him the best. ;)

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  19. I am not usually for the bad guys, but I LOVE Warner. I don't know what it is, but hey, Juliette's kind of nuts, and he's the only one she can really honest be with, so I think they are perfect for each other. That said, I have this feeling that something bad will happen to poor Warner in book three.

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    1. I do think that he is walking a dangerous line. I can't bring myself to care if something happens to him though. Maybe that will change though. Of course it seems like a lot of people are now Team Warner after book 2, so if I was going to have a change of heart it probably would have happened by now.

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