Feb 3, 2013

Review: Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi

Title: Destroy Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: Harper
Publishing Date: October 2, 2012
Pages/Format: 103, eBook

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 MeDestroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

Initial Reaction of Book in One Word: DAMN

Yes, damn. Not like "damn, he's fine." No. Damn, as in, "damn, I having feelings for Warner." Dammit.

I wasn't quite sure what I'd get from Destroy Me; it's hard to discuss something so short. I thought I'd see more of the ruthless leader behind Sector 45, get more reasons to dislike him, the man that so many people like over Adam. (Team Adam Forever!) While I'm still all for Adam, I don't hate Warner. I can't. I feel bad for him. I feel for him. And I hate that, because I should really hate Warner.

For one, his father is a complete and utter asshole. Warner times a bajillion. One of the reason's Warner is the way he is has to do with the treatment his father gives him. Horrible. Still, Warner has done some terrible things, and I can't just look past that. But.

I don't really know what to say. (I'm trying not to let Unravel Me opinions leak into this review.) There's something about Warner, and I can't just push him aside. Really, the title of this novella is perfect, because it did just that: it destroyed me. It made me feel for the person I shouldn't feel for at all, and that destroys me. 

What I'm saying is this: read Destroy Me, and do it before you read Unravel Me. You may be surprised about how reading from someone else's point-of-view--someone you never thought you'd like so much--can change your opinion of them. And try not to get too destroyed. (Unlike me.)

Did I like it? Yes.
Did I love it? No. (It's so short, it's hard to say!)
Would I reread it? Yes.
Would I purchase it? Got it!
Would I recommend it? You should really read it before Unravel Me.


  1. I keep hearing that I should read Destroy Me, but I'm slightly afraid--I don't WANT to like Warner. I'm quite happy in my hatred towards him. But I know I really should read it before reading Unravel Me, just to get a better sense of Warner's character.

  2. I JUST finished this tonight! Ah, Warner. It's hard to love something so short, I agree, but it was so good. I can't wait to read Unravel Me even more. Love your review! And btw, I'm gobbling up your reviews. Love your blog!

    Sunny @ Blue Sky Bookshelf

  3. Stormy: I know what you mean. I didn't want to like Warner, either. But I do. And that like? It gets enhanced in Unravel me.

    Sunny: Read Unravel Me! SO GOOD! My review JUST up! And thank you so, so much!


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