Destroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5) by Tahereh Mafi
3 out of 5 stars
This novella-length story, written from the obsessive antagonist Warner’s point of view, share his perspective on Juliette’s imprisonment, escape, and the events that follow, leading up to the sequel.
She is a soft, deadly creature. Kind and timid and terrifying. She’s completely out of control and has no idea what she’s capable of. And even though she hates me, I can’t help but be fascinated by her.
I read Shatter Me back in March and the things that really stuck out in my mind were Juliette’s unique voice as she suffered through incarceration, and the complete and utter psychosis of the villain, Warner. This book brought together the best of both those worlds, letting the reader see into the twisted workings of Warner’s mind. It revealed him to be a more complex character than I had initially seen, and helped fill in some of the world-building gaps from the first book.
I do, however, wish I had re-read Shatter Me before this one; I had a hard time remembering much beyond the basic plot and the three main characters. Some of the language was a little “purple prose”-y for what I imagined Warner to be like… sure, he’s broken inside on so many levels, but I guess I thought his inner dialogue would be more straightforward and orderly, and less… flowery. Also, heads up, he has some rather graphic fantasies about Juliette, though they were short and therefore pretty easy to skip over.
Overall: Builds more on the world of the series and Warner’s characterization, but doesn’t really add a lot that we didn’t already know.