Title: Destroy Me | Fracture Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me, #1.5 | #2.5
Release Date: October 2nd 2012 | December 17th 2013
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.
– Destroy Me blurb courtesy of goodreads.com
In this electrifying sixty-page companion novella to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, discover the fate of the Omega Point rebels as they go up against The Reestablishment. Set during and soon after the final moments of Unravel Me, Fracture Me is told from Adam’s perspective.
As Omega Point prepares to launch an all-out assault on The Reestablishment soldiers stationed in Sector 45, Adam’s focus couldn’t be further from the upcoming battle. He’s reeling from his breakup with Juliette, scared for his best friend’s life, and as concerned as ever for his brother James’s safety. And just as Adam begins to wonder if this life is really for him, the alarms sound. It’s time for war.
On the battlefield, it seems like the odds are in their favour—but taking down Warner, Adam’s newly discovered half brother, won’t be that easy. The Reestablishment can’t tolerate a rebellion, and they’ll do anything to crush the resistance…including killing everyone Adam has ever cared about.
Fracture Me sets the stage for Ignite Me, the explosive finale in Tahereh Mafi’s epic dystopian series. It’s a novella not to be missed by fans who crave action-packed stories with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu.
– Fracture Me blurb courtesy of goodreads.com
This review may contain spoilers for previous book(s) in the series.
Destroy Me bridges the gap between the events of Shatter Me and Unravel Me, told from Warner’s POV we not only see the thoughts and motivation behind his actions from the first book but also where his obsession with Juliette stems from. I was not a fan of Warner in the first book but reading this novella really helped me to see him in a different light.
After Juliette and Adam’s escape from Sector 45 Warner has been left injured and is pushing himself to the extreme, refusing to rest and let the painkillers he’s on do their job, refusing to stop even for a second as he leads his soldiers to try and find where Juliette, Adam, and Kenji escaped to. Warner knows all too well that showing any sign of weakness is only going to lead to his death at the hands of one of his soldiers.
Warner is used to keeping all his emotions behind a brick wall but with Juliette he started to let that wall come down. He watched her in the asylum and slowly fell in love with her, but he comes to realise he made a mistake in assuming her feelings would be the same as his. He went the wrong way about trying to gain her trust and her loyalty however he is still determined to try and find her; determined to get her help, not for the Reestablishment but for himself.
There is so much more to Warner’s character than meets the eye and we got a small glimpse into his mind in this novella which I loved. We see him struggle to maintain control over his Sector, a control that started slipping through his fingers with Juliette and Adam’s escape and is pretty much lost when his father arrives on base. However Warner’s failures only make him re-evaluate his plans and come up with a better way to move forwards.
Like with Destroy Me Fracture Me is a short story which bridges the gap between Unravel Me and Ignite Me, only this time we see events through Adam’s POV. After everything that happened at Sector 45 and Omega Point Warner’s father is launching war against the small rebellion, and he is starting with the civilians left behind. Adam, Kenji and Juliette’s goal is to try and save as many civilians as they can before the soldiers open fire on them.
This novellas shows us the events from the end of Unravel Me through Adam’s eyes but also what happens to him and Kenji after Juliette is taken by the Reestablishment’s soldiers to Anderson. Determined to try and find Juliette, to save her from the Reestablishment after seeing her taken, Adam and Kenji take the back roads to reach Sector 45 where they fear Juliette is. However along the way they realise, too late, that Anderson already knows the location of Omega Point, and that he has set in motion plans to destroy it; to bomb the place where they left those too old or young to fight, to bomb the place where Adam left his younger brother, James, hoping to keep him safe.
I’m not a massive fan of Adam’s character. His relationship with Juliette in the first book felt too much like insta-love and in the second, when things between them start to fall apart, he becomes desperate and somewhat cruel at times. However he does truly care about Juliette and we can see that in this novella, when she is taken by the soldiers he is desperate to get her back, desperate to keep her safe believing she needs someone to protect her.
While I’d give both novellas four stars I enjoyed Destroy Me much more than Fracture Me. After Shatter Me I felt Warner’s novella gave us a much deeper insight to his character. Though we saw more of his day to day role within Sector 45 and his job it was all about his character development and the choices he made which led him to where he is now. Fracture Me shows us through Adam’s eyes the events that took place at the end of Unravel Me; it shows us the devastation he, and the other survivors from Omega Point feel hearing of the bombs and of Juliette’s death at the hands of Anderson.
I’d definitely recommend both novellas. The main books of the trilogy are all told through Juliette’s POV and it’s nice to see some of the things that motivate both Adam and Warner. Plus they’re both short reads to connect the gaps between the events of each book.
What did you think of Destroy Me | Fracture Me? Were they favourites of yours or could you just not get into the story? Let me know.