Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi

January 30, 2014 Reviews 0 ★★★

Destroy Me by Tahereh MafiDestroy Me (The Juliette Chronicles #1.5) by Tahereh Mafi
Published: October 2nd 2012 by HarperCollins
Format: Ebook, 103 pages
Genres: Dystopian
Source: Purchased
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3 Stars

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.

I’m reading this long, long after I’ve read Unravel Me, which I think is both a positive and a negative. A positive because I’m not hankering to know what happens next, but a negative because the experience of reading Unravel Me would have been richer for knowing what this novella contains.

Destroy Me isn’t enough to make me switch to Team Warner: in fact, when it comes to this series my feet are firmly planted in Team No-one. Although I loved Adam in the first book, his character failed to impress me in the sequel. And I don’t think I’ll ever want Juliette to be with someone who regularly murders and tortures, no matter how sympathetic this novella tries to make him.

The novella answers a lot of the questions I’d had about Warner, and I do feel I turned the last page with a greater understanding of what makes him tick. I admire that Mafi has decided to write such a reprehensible character. His motivations are clearer, as is his background, and I concede that with the family life he’s had, he was bound to turn out the way he did. But that doesn’t make me like him on a human level.

I think Mafi has done an amazing job in placing us inside Warner’s head. I’m so used to Mafi’s writing being synonymous with Juliette’s unique way of thinking – rambling and overly metaphoric, but Warner’s voice is completely different: militaristic and stark. I’m looking forward to reading Fracture Me, which will be from Adam’s point of view, which I think will showcase how versatile this author is.

Destroy Me is a great novella, and I am saddened that reading would have made my experience of Unravel Me quite different, because I don’t particularly like the trend of writing novellas between each full size novel in a series, and don’t think they should be mandatory reading. This is basically what I hate about Throne of Glass: all the world-building and character development I’d looked for in the novel were present in the four prequel novellas that were released prior to it. But Destroy Me is still an enjoyable read, and has reminded me how much I love this series, and how desperate I am for Ignite Me.

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