Publication Date: October 2, 2012
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.
Book Quote: “There’s no reprieve from their curious stares and their disappointment that I did not die. I don’t even have to look at them to know what they are thinking…”
For fans of the Shatter Me series that are hiding their Team Warner flag, rest assured that those who read Destroy Me will want to join our club. Warner confirmed my suspicions that he’s a hot mess not to be ignored! ~sighs~ After reading this excerpt of the series, I can now comfortably say I knew he was worth my attention. :)
This novella is the perfect primer for the next installment and takes place immediately after the climactic ending of Shatter Me, where Warner is recovering from the bullet wound inflicted by the first person he’s ever dropped his guard for… Juliette. Through his POV, we witness his humiliation as he reveals moments of vulnerability and desolation that only proves his hard edges are a direct result of his past experiences. In this story, Warner finds Juliette’s journal and as he reads her pain-ridden entries, he begins to realize that they both have a tortured past in common. His feelings for Juliette continue to manifest as he learns more about her and the suffering she's had to endure from childhood, much like his own.
Overall, this mini-installment confirmed my suspicions that there’s so much more to Warner than meets the eye, and I can’t wait to see how this dynamic plays out as the series continues to reveal the multiple layers of this complicated character. Great addition to the Shatter Me series that shouldn’t be missed!