Book Review: Destroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5) by Tahereh Mafi
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Date Published: October 2nd, 2012
Book Format: eBook
This short ebook is the follow-up from the first book Shatter Me. It picks up after Warner wakes up after being shot by Juliette. His arm was shot, even though Juliette aimed for his heart. And he survived. Juliette was trying to escape from Warner, so that’s why she shot him. She ran off to find Adam and help him-if he was still alive, that is.
She does find him, and that’s where the book's plot is headed towards.
This book gives the reader a better overview of Warner’s life.
We see how his father is and how he treats Warner. It’s bad, but Warner tolerates him.
His father is obviously angry at Warner for letting three people escape. The three people who escaped were: Kenji, Adam, and Juliette.
His father is very mean and is never proud of how Warner is running the Reestablishment. So his father is there to take over until Warner gets it right.
It’s really sad how he’s treated, because he feels like he is worthless.
And another important part of this book is how Warner discovered Juliette’s tiny journal that fell when he tried to stop her from leaving. And when he reads the journal, he expects to find a clue to where she ran off but got something totally different- her thoughts when she was in the asylum. He reads it, and he feels terrible because of the horrifying things that are in there. The things she has witnessed are excruciatingly horrifying.
He sees how similar he and Juliette are. He loves Juliette, and it is pretty clear in this book that he won’t stop looking for her, because he knows how valuable she is. He sees her worth as a person, something that many people in her life have not given her, not even her own parents.
This short e-novella is very important to read because it gives the readers a better understanding of Warner and what he is going through. If the reader doesn't read this novella, he or she will be missing a lot of the important elements about what the character is thinking. It gives you, the reader, a better opinion of Warner. In Shatter Me he seemed sort of shady and creepy. He was just so mean and controlling, like he was better than everyone. But after reading this, it made me understand him and it made him more likeable. We cannot judge everyone based on how other people describe them. It teaches us never to judge a book by its cover.