Title: Destroy Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Genre: Young Adult Dystopia
Synopsis: 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.
This is the novella 1.5 in the Shatter Me trilogy which I decided to pick up despite my less-than-enthused review of Shatter Me because my library had it available via ebook. I decided to go ahead with it since Warner was the most interesting of the Shatter Me book and really what can I lose? I lost nothing and I gained everything.
WARNER IS EVERYTHING.
This novella with a little over 100 pages represents what a compelling character can be and it’s a world’s difference from the bland Juliette in Shatter Me. No longer are we trapped in Juliette’s head, we are now in the head of Warner who was the main villain in Shatter Me and I mentioned in my review that I felt Warner was the most interesting character in the book and lo and behold this little gem!
We finally get a bit of humor that is subtly placed within the craziness that can be Warner’s running thoughts but even more we get the soft pillowy boy-man that he is behind his suits and his obsession with wearing shoes. Much like Juliette and Adam, Warner has been the victim of a pretty shitty childhood but unlike the other two Warner’s voice is rich and new, the perspective is everything one wants from an antihero and I loved Warner from page one when he informs the reader that he’s not wearing socks much to his annoyance.
Mafi’s writing in this novel becomes the right amount of magical, in Shatter Me I felt like I was bouncing on a cloud but in Destroy Me I had an actual idea about characters and she gave more personality to them than I got in Shatter Me and completely solidified my faith in her writing. I recommend this if, like me, you were left severely underwhelmed with Shatter Me, this book will draw you into the world and now I’m really really hoping that Mafi is able to duplicate what she created here in the sequel, Unravel Me. If she can, she has me hooked, if only to see what exactly becomes of Warner and if she will go a bold route with him.
Shit. I’ve just fangirled.