Destroy Me (Shatter Me, #1.5) by Tahereh Mafi
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
Genre: YA, Dystopian, Fantasy, Paranormal
Source: Bought It
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.
All we really saw of Warner in Shatter Me was that he was a control freak hell bent on having Juliette whatever way he can. I'll admit I was equal parts scared and fascinated by Warner and in Destroy Me we finally get a look into Warner's twisted mind and what I found in this dark cruel dungeon was something completely unexpected...
Told from Warner's point of view we get to see the passion that drives Warner to be so obsessed with Juliette but also a bit more clear reasoning behind it (I just always figured he was a super creepy...and he still is - I just understand his motives a whole lot better). Mafi crafts intricate and deep characters full of emotions, doubts and plenty of trauma. My assumptions about Warner's brainwashed but privileged upbringing was completely turned on its head as we meet the terror that has molded and defined Warner as we know him. If you thought Warner's ruthlessness was horrifying, you haven't seen anything yet!
Mafi makes Warner human and relatable in Destroy Me, he ropes you in and does things that are so left field that you didn't think Warner had it in him to do. Mafi sets the stage for the Warner that you find in Unravel Me as his and Juliette's stories converge at a pivotal moment.
Overall: 5/5 Steaming Hot Cups of Tea!
This is a definite must read before Unravel Me. This isn't just a rehash of a scene from Warner's point of view; it's an in depth character development and mini prequel to the next installment.