Destroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5) by Tahereh Mafi
Published October 2nd, 2012 by Harper
Genre YA Fantasy, Dystopian
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.
Somehow I have managed to avoid any spoilers about this series which is pretty impressive. I have however heard a thing or two about Warner so I was interested to read this novella before I start on the next book, Unravel Me. I have to say, he is not one of my favorite characters in this series, but he is quite interesting. I imagine sometime in this series we will learn a secret or two about him that might explain some of his behavior. I did really enjoy reading from his perspective, especially right after I finished the first book, Shatter Me. It helped fill in some blanks for me and gave a bit of a back story on how he came to be so obsessed with Juliette. Learning about Warner’s father and how he treats his son also gave me some insight into why Warner acts and thinks the way he does. Overall, great novella and I can’t wait to see where the series goes from here.