YA Science Fiction Dystopian Novella Page Count: 109
The infamous antagonist of the Shatter Me Series, Warner, tells his side of the story in this novella set after Shatter Me and partially after the start of Unravel Me.
Nothing can break Warner. Life has made his heart cold and unrelenting to anyone. To anyone, but Juliette. The girl with the deadly touch that shot him after he confessed his love to her and ran away with two of his own soldiers, and his heart.
No, nothing has been this painful before. Rumors of the girl that escaped the Reestablishment have spread and Warner’s control over his sector is waning. But that’s not all. Word has gotten to Warner’s father, The Supreme Commander, and he will tolerate nothing less but strength and brutality.
Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, Warner learns of his father’s plans for her. Plans that he cannot allow. Severely wounded mentally and physically, Warner will not stop till he finds Juliette.
After Ignite Me (book # 3 of The Shatter Me series) I really thought I was done with the series. But while I was writing my review for Ignite Me, I stumbled on two more books related to the Shatter Me series. Both Novellas. I told myself I was done with the series, especially since I was not satisfied with the end of Ignite Me. Time to find something new right?
But I got curious when I learned that Destroy Me was told through Warner’s perspective. How would the writer portray his thoughts as an antagonist and a man? I started to read it and was surprised by how much I was pulled into the story.
First of all, Warner’s personality is a good one. He’s real. He has likes, dislikes and preferences. While Adam, is Mr. No Personality, Warner is vibrant and interesting. He does literally say ‘sorry’ in his head like fifty times which doesn’t really fit his character to me but otherwise, Warner was the perfect protagonist. (or antagonist):P
Warner’s life and the reasons for his actions are explained also in this book. However, I still felt tricked because he’s portrayed as misunderstood and good unlike the first book where he was an evil maniac! (I mentioned this in my review of Ignite Me)
Second, NO METAPHORS!!! Well, not really. There’s significantly less because Warner’s the narrator, and that’s cause for rejoicing for me!
As always with The Shatter Me Series, there are lots of feels and emotion. There are glimpses into Juliette’s notebook and old life that can be interesting, but also at times cheesy and a bit depressing.
The Reestablishment government was explained, making the world feel bigger unlike the previous books. Same with the reason for the world being how it is. Cold and lifeless. I also liked how the writer portrayed a world without personal privacy and it’s detriments. I didn’t really like, however, the whole, humans destroyed our world by being careless thing. It’s very common and frustrating in my opinion.
I tend not to like novellas, especially in a series, but I found I really enjoyed this one. It wasn’t rushed, it was well done and entertaining. I really suggest fans of the series read it right after the first book, Shatter Me.
My Rating for Christians:
(1 for ‘hardly any’ and 10 for ‘seriously?’)
If you asked me if this is a romance book. I would honestly tell you no. There was romance. But it was only in Warner’s dreams and it was not often. Juliette is however, very seductive in the two dream scenes. There’s passionate kissing for a moment and a few references to removing clothing.
(1 for ‘hardly any’ and 10 for ‘constant cussing’.)
I automatically gave a three for cussing but only because Warner took God’s name in vain a couple of times. No other cuss words were used. (probably because Kenji wasn’t in this book) None of the times included damn but ‘for the love of ___ ‘ and the like.
(1 for ‘hardly any’ and 10 for ‘graphic violence’.)
You would think there would be a lot of violence ( ’cause you know, Warner) but there wasn’t very much at all compared to the other books of the series. Warner has serious daddy issues. Let’s just say that. There are scenes where his father chokes him and hurts him.
Also, Warner learns a bit about Juliette’s old past and she had bad parents too that abused her and hurt her. Her brutal stories and others are told but not described a whole lot
Drinking, drugs or smoking: 0-10
(1 for ‘hardly any’ and 10 ‘for seriously’.)
There is none. Just coffee. 😉
No Homosexuals or Mention