Author: Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #1.5 - novella from Warner's POV
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
I'm going to keep this review short and sweet...just like the story. Okay, well, not just like the story, but you know what I mean. I love novellas because of the insight they provide into a particular character's mind, one that maybe wasn't the main focus of the original book but left you intrigued nonetheless. And the insight I got into Warner's character in Destroy Me captivated me more than I already was...which is saying a lot because his character was my favorite aspect of Shatter Me.
First of all, I loved seeing Warner's reaction after finding and reading Juliette's journal, his acknowledgement that they were even more alike than he's originally believed, what with the abusive parents and loneliness. But as he's discovering more about Juliette, he's also discovering things he didn't know about himself. He has the capacity to love and to feel empathy...and it all scares him but fascinates him all the same.
Poor Warner, misunderstood villain that he is, thinks he might be going crazy after what he's suffered and lost since the events that occurred at the end of the first book. His abrasive father just might push him over the edge. But through it all, Warner becomes even more self-aware than he already was. Half-way through this novella, he's describing the lethal killing machine that he has trained to become, and in almost the same breath, he's declaring himself a coward.
It pained me to read some of the passages, as it becomes evident that Warner is only doing as he's expected in an attempt to appease his over-bearing father. But I really enjoyed this novella and can't wait to get back to the Shatter Me world when Unravel Me releases early next year. For those of you who are eagerly anticipating the sequel, as well, I definitely suggest picking this one up...unless you're a Team Adam fan. Just sayin'...Warner is not very happy with Adam Kent at this point.
My favorite part? Warner's own admission that he loves long baths. Me, too! =D