Series: Shatter Me #2.5
Published by HarperTeen (12.17.2013)
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: eBook, 68 pages
Source: I own it
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As Omega Point prepares to launch an all-out assault on The Reestablishment soldiers stationed in Sector 45, Adam's focus couldn't be further from the upcoming battle. He's reeling from his breakup with Juliette, scared for his best friend's life, and as concerned as ever for his brother James's safety. And just as Adam begins to wonder if this life is really for him, the alarms sound. It's time for war.
On the battlefield, it seems like the odds are in their favor—but taking down Warner, Adam's newly discovered half brother, won't be that easy. The Reestablishment can't tolerate a rebellion, and they'll do anything to crush the resistance . . . including killing everyone Adam has ever cared about.
This novella was very hard to rate for me. While I still enjoyed it because it’s the Shatter Me world, Adam pissed me off. Really pissed me off.
If I hadn’t been Team Warner already after Destroy Me and Unravel Me, this would have firmly secured me there 100%. I can definitely foresee lots of former Team Adam people changing sides, because I don’t know how anyone could stand to be Team Adam after this. Going into this novella, I truly thought that reading Adam’s POV would make me understand him and like him more…instead, it just made me hate him. I have to wonder: Was that Tahereh’s intention? (DOES THIS MEAN SHE WILL END UP WITH WARNER?!)
I hated the way Adam treated Juliette. HATED. It made me SO angry! He kept treating her like a weak, useless female, and treated her like she was damaged and fragile. (Whereas Warner sees her strength.) His inner thoughts and the way he regarded her absolutely disgusted me. He may think he loves her, but it’s not pure love. The differences between the way Adam saw Juliette and the way Warner saw her were astounding! Adam’s constant belittling comments – and I do mean constant, he was pissing me off on practically every page – about Juliette’s supposed weakness made my blood boil.
It’s not good to make her think that she can do this kind of thing when really, it’ll probably just get her killed. She’s not a soldier; she doesn’t know how to fight; and she has no idea how to use her powers, not really, which makes things even worse. It’s basically like giving a toddler a stick of dynamite and telling him to walk into a fire.
She looks different – a little scary, even. Somehow, that worries me even more.
So now she’s scary? When she was just weak a minute ago?
Of course she has no idea what’s happening – why would she? The smart thing would be to hide her somewhere. Keep her safe. Out of danger. A weak link can bring everything down with it.
F*cking chauvinist pig.
I knew this would happen.
I knew she never should’ve come with us. I knew she should’ve stayed behind. She’s not built for this – she’s not strong enough to be on the battlefield.
He kept expecting her to screw up, never gave her any credit; I think if he’d just supported her and encouraged her and had faith in her, that things could have gone differently. Even when she shot someone from behind, all he had to say was “not bad.” Not bad? That’s it? She just saved your ass, dude. Give her some credit!
He freaked out when Juliette disappeared, then, he freaked out because James was in danger (which is understandable but still) and immediately forgot all about Juliette. When Kenji offers to look for Juliette, Adam says:
“Juliette will be fine. She’s not in any immediate danger here – Warner isn’t going to hurt her.”
Um, 10 pages ago you called him a psychopath and said he wasn’t even human! You’re going to trust someone you supposedly love in the hands of someone you view as a psychopathic monster? Seriously? I don’t understand why he couldn’t just get James himself and have Kenji go after Juliette. He’s an idiot. Then Kenji says:
“Aren’t you in love with this girl? Where’s the fire under your ass?”
THANK YOU, KENJI. At least someone has some damn sense! Then, when James is safe and Adam finally decides to do something, he says he “has a responsibility to Juliette.” That she needs him. Is that really the only reason you want to save her? Because you feel obligated and think she’s weak? Not because you love her, of course. *rolls eyes*
I love Juliette. I really do. [Do you? Really? Could have fooled me.] I want to help her and support her and be there for her. I want us to have a future together. But sometimes I wonder if it’s ever going to happen.
With the way that you view her? Probably not. Because you’re an asshat and she deserves better. Go play in traffic. Even the way he thought about Kenji annoyed me:
I can hear Kenji cursing under his breath. He’s got a soft stomach, that guy. He was always soft when it came to this stuff. I met him for the first time on one of our rounds; when we came back, Kenji lost his shit. Just completely lost it. They put him in solitary confinement for a little while, and after that he kept his emotional breakdowns to a minimum. Most soldiers know better than to complain out loud. I should’ve known then that Kenji wasn’t really one of us.
High and mighty much? God forbid anyone have any humanity. In a way I kind of understand, but he’s your friend for crying out loud! Argh.
I might walk onto that battlefield with a beating heart and be dragged off with a dead one.
I must say, this novella really captured the horrors of war! Also, I loved Kenji in the previous books, but I was kinda disappointed in him in this one. He blames Juliette for what happened and it wasn’t even her fault! And the way he brushed her off like he was afraid of her hurt her feelings. It annoyed me.
Tahereh does a fabulous job at making all of her character’s voices unique! There’s a clear difference between Juliette, Warner, and Adam when reading each of them. I’m highly impressed by how well she does bringing each of her characters to life! I’m also amazed at how well she can play my emotions: While Warner’s POV melted me into an (embarrassing) giggling schoolgirl, Adam’s made me extremely angry. While I kind of hated reading it because it was Adam, I still gave it a high rating because I have to give her credit for writing a dislikable character so well!
But seriously, I can’t stand Adam after reading Fracture Me. Not just mild dislike, but blatant burning hatred. To the point that I almost kinda sorta hope something bad happens to him in Ignite Me (*coughs* too vindictive?). You should have seen my book notes on my Kindle for this. There was lots of angry caps and talk about bad things I wanted to do to Adam’s eyeballs and manparts!
Writing style: 5/5
Overall rating: 4.5/5