Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Destroy Me (Shatter Me 1.5) by Tahereh Mafi

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.     

Release Date: October 2, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Mature YA, Dystopian, Paranormal
Pages: 150
Purchase at: Amazon or Barnes & Noble

Love is a heartless bastard.

Review:  Nice try, Ms. Mafi!  I was thisclose to rooting for Warner, but in the end, his psychopathic personality sealed the deal for me.  Adam might be a bit on the vanilla side, but at least he's not insane.

Destroy Me is a fast-paced novella that gives the reader insight into Warner's (the leader of Section 45) mind.  In Shatter Me, we meet Warner and quickly learn that he has an unhealthy obsession for main character, Juliette.  At first it seems that Warner wants to use Juliette for her talents, and that he is consumed with her.  We learn in Destroy Me that Warner truly believes he is in love with Juliette and that she is his soul mate.

Warner is recovering from a gun shot wound that he received in Shatter Me.  He seems to have some OCD tendencies, and has made himself into a feared leader.  He believes that none of his men actually like him, but they are all terrified of him.  As much as Warner appreciates that, he also understands that he lives in a bubble - no one will pose a dissenting opinion because of that fear.

I shower regularly.  I eat six small means a day.  I dedicate two hours of each day to training and physical exercise.  And I detest being barefoot.

In Destroy Me, there are two basic plot points.  One is Warner's growing fascination with Juliette and his need to find her and claim her as his own.  The second is Warner's past that is riddled with abuse and neglect.  First, we learn that Warner's fixation with Juliette is deep reaching.  Most of his thoughts are of finding Juliette, understanding Juliette, and killing Adam for what he did in Shatter Me.  As Warner's thoughts about Juliette progress, he begins to believe that he is going insane.  Warner feels intensely that he and Juliette are cut from the same cloth.
This girl is destroying me.  A girl who spent the last year in an insane asylum.  A girl who would try to shoot me dead for kissing her.   

We meet Warner's father in this novella.  Where Warner is bordering on insanity, Warner's father is downright evil.  We catch a glimpse of why Warner has turned out the way that he has.  His father is a brutal man who has plans for Juliette that Warner cannot abide by.  We learn that Warner is a victim of abuse which does make me empathize with him.  However, if Warner ever does get a hold of Juliette, I don't think there will be a healthy ending.

"This is my boy!"  he says, waving his hand in my direction.  "A meek, pathetic fool.  Some days, I'm so disgusted by you I don't know whether to shoot you myself." 

If you are a fan of Shatter Me, you will love this look into Warner's mind and his past.  Destroy Me somewhat justifies why Warner seems as unhinged as he is.  Although I am by no means on Team Warner, I can definitely feel sorrow for this poor young man, and hope that he is able to eventually remove his father's influence over his life and become his own man.

Because the truth is, I am nothing but a coward. 


Julie said...

Great review! I am so looking forward to the next book and I love these new covers.

Mariya said...

AHHHHH! Warner! I"ll read this one day! Haha!

Escapism Fanatic said...

This book turned me into Team Warner. Loved it.

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