Shatter Me #1.5
Published October 2nd 2012
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.
After reading Shatter Me, I was really interested to read Destroy Me to gain perspective into the the seemingly cold mind of Warner. What this novella does is show that the word 'seemingly' is key when the motives of Warner are concerned.
This novella is a good insight into the inner workings of Warner's mind and just how hollow and lonely he really is. Throughout the course of Shatter Me, I have to admit that I didn't have much love for Warner and often yelled profanities at him while reading... but after reading this, I have to say that my heart bleeds a little for him. When looking at things from his point of view, you can see that, really, all he has ever wanted for Juliette is for her to realise her full potential - and for her to love him. Can we really blame him for that?
Mafi has a wonderful ability with words that allows a strong connection to be formed between the reader and the characters - even those whom you would normally not care for. I think that it was an ingenious idea to do this novella from Warner's point of view rather than from any other character's. In doing so, she has hinted at future plot lines and leaves you rethinking your impressions of Warner.
Destroy Me is a heartbreakingly sad insight into the life of Warner that will have you wondering if he is really the bad guy that he makes himself out to be and how this will effect events in the next instalment.
4 out of 5