Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi
Set after Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me and before Unravel Me, the spellbinding sequel, Destroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.
In 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. 1
Warner has been studying Juliette for quite some time. We are made to believe he is studying her to use her for the are establishment, but his true reasoning remains secret to all but him. Having always followed a strict routine, Warner’s injury takes him out of his comfort zone, and when he discovers Juliette’s notebook, his obsession with Juliette only deepens.
Following the events of Shatter Me, Destroy Me gives an in depth look at the character of Warner and many speculations for what is to come. There are many mysteries regarding Warner, and although some are discovered Destroy Me, many are yet to be revealed.
Shatter Me has made us fall in love with our hero, Adam, while Destroy Me shows us a different side to Warner. The events thus far lead me to believe that Warner will become our Beast character from Beauty and the Beast. Things are not always as they appear; however, I find it difficult to believe things will change to the point of Juliette’s feelings changing and having to choose between Warner and Adam.
I am still very much Team Adam, but I am also intrigued by Warner. Perhaps it is the whole, deeply disturbed bad boy thing, but I really think his character will go through some dynamic changes.
Although one could read the main novels and skip the novellas, I can’t imagine why you would give up the opportunity to get an in depth look into the characters and the story. These are a must.
1. Book summary courtesy of HarperCollins