Series: Shatter Me #1.5
Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Published by HarperCollins (10.2.2012)
eBook, 103 pages
Source: I own it
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.
So, when I saw people talking about how they were Team Warner, I thought they were crazy. He was power-hungry, a bit disturbed, sick and twisted. Only out to further his own agenda. And he did horrible things to Juliette (and many others) in Shatter Me.
When the teaser video came out, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to see it or not. I don’t like spoilers. In fact, I hate them. I like to find things out for myself. But everyone was RAVING about it, and my curiosity is an evil and controlling thing.
Forget what you think you know about Warner. Because Destroy Me will completely obliterate your perception of him.
At first, I felt sorry for him. Everyone was afraid of him, except Juliette. He was regarded with hatred and fear, he was never trusted or liked. Meeting his dad really opens your eyes to why Warner acts the way he does. Anderson is a creep, a snake, and doesn’t care about how his actions affect anyone else. He feels no remorse in hurting people. He thinks emotion is a weakness. No wonder Warner was messed up!
Being inside Warner’s head made me realize that he wasn’t the monster I thought he was. Sure, he’s twisted, his perception of right and wrong is a bit skewed, and he’s damaged; but he is capable of mercy. There is goodness in him. It’s just buried rather deep.
This girl is destroying me.
His fascination for Juliette, his affection for her, was what broke me. It’s hard to describe it, and it’s really something you need to read for yourself. But the way he regarded her was incredible. He held her so high, admired her so much; she was like a goddess to him. And the anger he felt over her depressing journal entries blew me away. Like I said, I thought his love for her was a delusion. This novella proved to me how wrong I was.
My priorities, shifted. My concentration, destroyed. Everything I care about right now revolves around one person, and for the first time in my life, it’s not myself. Her words have been burned into my mind. I can’t stop picturing her as she must’ve been, can’t stop imagining what she must’ve experienced. Finding her journal has crippled me. My feelings for her have spiraled out of control. I’ve never been so desperate to see her, to talk to her.
Reading this novella, I was struck by how alike Warner and Juliette really are. They’ve both been abused, neither of them can really help what they are or what they’ve done. They’re both outsiders; feared, hated, mistrusted. They’re perfect for each other!
I don’t care much for novellas. I rarely ever read them, because I typically see them as just fluff. Perhaps a helpful piece of information, but nothing overly important.
This is very different. If you read Shatter Me, you NEED to read this! Seriously. It’s probably the most important novella that ever existed.
Being in Warner’s head changed me. It destroyed me It infected me. After reading this, I couldn’t stop thinking about him, and now I’m kind of obsessed with him! And reading Unravel Me only made it worse. (Stay tuned, review coming tomorrow!)
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 weak, not our actions.