Shatter Me & Destroy Me (novella) by Tahereh Mafi

Rating – 4.5/5

“I have a curse. I have a gift. I’m a monster. I’m more than human. My touch is lethal. My touch is power. I am their weapon. I will fight back. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal, but the Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetimes without freedom, she’s finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time – and to find a future with the one boy she thought she’d lost forever.”

I have been wanting to read this trilogy for so long and the time has finally arrived. I started Shatter Me and had to force myself to put it down so I could go to sleep but I picked it straight back up again as soon as I woke up the following day. The hype around this series has not disappointed me.

This is so unlike any dystopian series I have read which is good because I often find them to be incredibly predictable. This book was fast-paced from start to finish and I never knew what was going to happen on the next page. The characters were vibrant and alive – I fell in love with Adam as soon as we met him (I really hope he doesn’t disappoint me as the trilogy progresses). Warner was a wonderful villain – I loathed him but was entirely curious about him and I’m looking forward to learning more about him in the following books.

The world created is so realistic which what makes this book so wonderful and frightening. The ‘power’ that Juliette has reminds me a lot of the Mara Dyer trilogy which is one of my favourite trilogies and I’m excited to learn more about this world as I feel I am going to be kept on the edge of my seat throughout reading the next two books.

It is so hard to review this book without spoiling it so I’m just going to highly recommend that you pick up this book if you are a fan of dystopian novels.

Destroy Me

In Destroy Me, Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45, refuses to let her go.”

Destroy Me is the first novella that bridges Shatter Me with its sequel Unite Me. The story is written from Warner’s point of view after Juliette has escaped with Adam.

It was really interesting to read from Warner’s perspective as he was such an interesting character in Shatter Me – I loathed him but at the same time, I was intrigued by him and wanted to learn more about why he is the way he is. This novella was the perfect way to learn more about him though it has left me with more questions than answers, which is not entirely a bad thing.

I can’t wait to read the next novella which is from Adam’s perspective in between the second and final book.

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