destroymeArea Info

Series: Shatter Me 1.5
English \ Paperback (Unite Me), 109 pages
Debut: October 2, 2012
@: GoodReads

Read: February 10, 2014

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.

Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 105

I have to say, at first I didn't intend to read the novellas to this series. But then I heard from some people say that Destroy Me would totally change your view of Warner, so I told myself I had to check it out, because if there is any truth to it, it'd shatter my impression of Shatter Me and I had to put it together new.

So, in Shatter Me, Warner was the creepy, infuriating asshole. He was cruel, seemingly unnecessarily so, and gave the impression that he thoroughly enjoyed putting ice cold fear into people's hearts. A sick bastard, high on power. He disgusted me, just as he disgusted Juliette. Thus, I would have never thought him capable of this kind of thought:

I lost her.
She hates me.
She hates me and I repulse her and I might never see her again, and it is entirely my own doing.

I was totally shocked! I mean, yes, Warner did show actual human emotions maybe once or twice in Shatter Me, but he still was this... this vicious monster who only wants to inflicte pain and fear. It was like he didn't even look at Juliette like a fellow human being, but as a thing to use, to manipulate into doing his bidding.

But reading Destroy Me has shown me that there was more to everything. The execution of Seamus Flechter, as an example, was a pretty cruel and defining moment in Shatter Me, but Destroy Me puts this in a new light as well. There was a whole other reason than disciplining his man and remining them to fear him, that was only the advantage he got out of it. It's so twisted! And totally deceiving. It's scary how you can just hide the whole second half of a picture. Damn, it's like we've been cheated of half a character!

On the battlefield, I'm able to disconnect myself from the motions I've been taught to memorize. I've developed a reputation as a cold, unfeeling monster who fears nothing and cares for less.
But this is all very deceiving.
Because the truth is, I am nothing but a coward.

I think that sums up Warner's real personality pretty accurate. He's been dealt a shitty set of cards, and he's just playing them totally different from Juliette, who does have rather similar cards. Instead of cowering like her, he has adapted. It's really just the principle of kill or be killed, of fear or be feared, as simple as that. He is cracked and broken, he just knows how to hide it well. And if he ever overcomes the fear of his father, he will make a great hero, is what I think. He isn't cruel per se, so he can learn to show more humanity again, to think in terms of trust and hope instead of fear.

However, as the Warner vs Adam question is important, I am still Team Adam at this point. Because I think Warner wants Juliette more for himself and only halfway for her sake and sanity, while Adam has acted nothing but selfless so far.

Area Scan: Flow: 5/5 -- Vocab: 5/5 -- Plot: 5/5 -- Heroes: 5/5 -- Villains: 5/5 -- Romance: 5/5 -- Drama: 5/5 -- Action: 3/5 -- Suspense: 3/5

Discovered: 5+ Hoods5hoods

Shatter Me Trilogy:
#1 Shatter Me -- #1.5 Destroy Me -- #2 Unravel Me -- #2.5 Fracture Me -- #3 Ignite Me

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