Title: Destroy Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Length: 103 pages
Publisher: Harper Teen
Rating: 5 stars
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. -Goodreads
This is going to be another personal one.
"Shatter Me" manages to firmly establish Warner as villain extraordinaire, and "Destroy Me" manages to completely obliterate that notion within a scant 103 pages.
The calculating machine that was Warner in "Shatter Me" manages to become the tortured and misunderstood young man in "Destroy Me".
Readers come to learn that there were reasons for things that took place in "Shatter Me". Hidden good deeds and small mercies abound.
While it is true that that Warner is in no way allowed the luxury of the true "white knight" status achieved and bandied about by Adam; he is nonetheless shown to be capable of such.
This is also where we are introduced to the man behind the monster, Warner's father.
He is quite the piece of work, and the true devil in the dark.
What proves to be the best part of the read by far is the love/obsession that Warner has with Juliette.
His desperation and longing for her mirrors the same in her. His fear of never seeing her, and his hope that she will be his is breathtakingly romantic.
Though short, this read was fantastic! Sporting the same poetic turns of phrase and uber-quotable lines as the full novels.