Destroy Me

Destroy-MeDestroy Me. Tahereh Mafi. Young Adult/Dystopian. 2012. 109 pages. 4 stars. [Source: eBook]

“I’ve come to believe that the most dangerous man in the world is the one who feels no remorse. The one who never apologizes and therefore seeks no forgiveness. Because in the end it is our emotions that make us week, not our actions.”

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.

This novella brings insight to Warner as a character since it is told in his POV. To understand the series better, I think reading this novella is mandatory.

I love how this book changed my view on Warner. In Shatter Me, we see Warner as how Juliette sees him, which is with hatred, contempt, and distrust. But in Destroy Me, we get to see Warner as how he really is. I love how I was proved wrong in my outlook of Warner as I thought of him to be the antagonist of the series, when it turns out, he’s just another broken person seeking comfort in someone who he thinks is just like him.

We see Warner as a human being with weaknesses, habits, thoughts, even emotions–which seemed impossible when you’ve only read Shatter Me. I am slowly starting to fall in love with Warner and I can’t wait to see what happens in Unravel Me.

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