Destroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5)
by Tahereh Mafi
The synopsis contains spoilers from Shatter Me. Do not continue reading unless you have read Shatter Me.
Summary: 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.
I love Tahereh Mafi’s writing. I absolutely loved Shatter Me (review) and I couldn’t wait to pick up this novella. While I knew it would give me more insight into Warner’s character, I didn’t expect it to impact me quite so much. Destroy Me made me ache. It was so good and it made me feel things I didn’t want to feel and made me that much more invested in the beautiful story Tahereh Mafi has created.
I’m definitely a fan of Adam in Shatter Me. I couldn’t stand Warner. He was so deliciously evil. To me, he is not a bad boy love interest. He’s an evil psychopath. Which is totally different than being a typical “bad boy” character. While he does treat Juliette nicely in Shatter Me, he’s still psychotic and terrible and unhealthy and he only thinks he really understands her.
Except in Destroy Me, I started to ache with empathy for Warner. I started to understand him and see things from his point of view, since it was written from his point of view. I didn’t want to feel those things! I don’t want to feel sorry for Warner or feel like he’s not that bad. He is! Right?! Maybe not. I don’t even know anymore. His own longing for Juliette and his twisted actions just hit me right in the gut. Destroy Me was the perfect title. I felt like it was destroying me –in a good way.
I definitely recommend reading Destroy Me. There’s so much insight into Warner in it and I assume it’s incredibly important to understand him in the rest of the series. It is well written and incredibly interesting. I couldn’t put it down!