Jan 9, 2014

Review: Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi

Title: Fracture Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publishing Date: December 17, 2013
Pages/Format: 72, eBook

In this electrifying sixty-page companion novella to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, discover the fate of the Omega Point rebels as they go up against The Reestablishment. Set during and soon after the final moments of Unravel Me, Fracture Me is told from Adam's perspective.

As Omega Point prepares to launch an all-out assault on The Reestablishment soldiers stationed in Sector 45, Adam's focus couldn't be further from the upcoming battle. He's reeling from his breakup with Juliette, scared for his best friend's life, and as concerned as ever for his brother James's safety. And just as Adam begins to wonder if this life is really for him, the alarms sound. It's time for war.

On the battlefield, it seems like the odds are in their favor—but taking down Warner, Adam's newly discovered half brother, won't be that easy. The Reestablishment can't tolerate a rebellion, and they'll do anything to crush the resistance . . . including killing everyone Adam has ever cared about.

Fracture Me sets the stage for Ignite Me, the explosive finale in Tahereh Mafi's epic dystopian series. It's a novella not to be missed by fans who crave action-packed stories with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu.

Initial Reaction of Book in One Word: Whaaaaat?

So here's the deal. Novellas are kinda sorta hard to review. They're just so short, and to even have a string of reviewable, mentionable, coherent thoughts on a novella is a stretch (for me, at least). That said, this review is going to be quick and short and just some basic thoughts (probably) on Fracture Me.

I think this was kind of a disappointment? I mean, it wasn't bad, but it just didn't do anything. Except kind of piss me off. (Beware, it may be slightly spoilery ahead.) I get that Adam cares a lot about his brother, and that's great. But I wanted to see more about him and Juliette. But what I DID get was the idea and possibility that Adam could end up with someone other than Juliette. I don't remember what her name was; all I remember was that, once the idea of Adam with someone else popped into my head, I instantly hated her and may have wanted her to die. (End spoilers) I am Team Adam. Well, I think I am. I mean, I say I am, but when I think of the books my head goes to Warner, sooo...

Fracture Me didn't really have too much happening (that we didn't know already know about, anyway) until the very end. We knew from Unravel Me that Juliette was taken, but we don't know what happened on the Omega Point side after that. And, um, did that REALLY HAPPEN? Because HOLY CRAP. And that, my friends, is why it's highly recommended that you read Fracture Me before reading Ignite Me. Sure, we find out about it in Ignite Me (we got the first couple of chapters, SQUEE), but there's more than that. (Spoiler.) All the Omega Point people in Adam and Kenji's group think that Juliette is dead. And as we learned from the sneak peek into Ignite Me, Juliette thinks they're all dead. (End spoiler.) What does that mean for Ignite Me? There's going to be fire (probably figuratively and literally). Some very pissed off and upset people are going to light things up and set the world ablaze in flames. And shit's going to go down. The title of Ignite Me is starting to make some serious sense (besides the obvious schmexy times).

In short, I didn't dislike Fracture Me, but it just wasn't a strong, super necessary novella, and I think I liked Destroy Me more. It was interesting to see things through Adam's eyes, see how he really cares for his brother--more than anything in the entire world, including Juliette. To be honest, I was kind of surprised Juliette wasn't in his thoughts the whole time. Buuut. I AM SUPER EXCITED FOR IGNITE ME. And I don't know how I want it to end. Or what I want to happen. But please, Tahereh Mafi, for the sake of my sanity and fragile heart, PLEEEASE be nice to me and don't hurt my babies!

Did I like it? Yes.
Did I love it? No.
Would I reread it? Eh, not likely (unless I'm doing a series reread).
Would I purchase it? I already have an eBook of it, but I planning on buying Unite Me, which bundles this with Destroy Me.
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of Adam (and Warner too, I guess) and people who've read Unravel Me.

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