Novella Round-Up #2: The Shatter Me Novellas

I’m never quite sure what to do with novellas- I want to talk about them but they’re so short that doing a full post for one tiny novella seems weird…so I’ve decided to do a novella round-up after I’ve read a few.  Today’s round-up focuses on the novellas in the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi.  You can find the Shatter Me series on goodreads and Tahereh Mafi on Twitter and her website.

Destroy Me CoverDestroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5, you can also find Destroy Me on goodreads)

Written by Tahereh Mafi:

Format: e-book/Nook store

Published October 2012 by HarperCollins

Pages: 101

Summary: 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.

After reading the Shatter Me series, I knew I had to read Destroy Me because so many people seemed to like Warner after reading it.  I wasn’t super-into the romance in the series, though I did warm up to Warner by the end it, and I was hoping Destroy Me would magically change my feelings towards Warner.  Which it really didn’t.  I mean, I understand Warner so much better after reading it, and what it was like for him after the events of Shatter Me.  But I didn’t fall in love with Warner the way I thought I would.  I’m not sure if it’s because I maybe over-hyped it a bit or if it’s because I read the entire series before reading it when I really should have read it after reading Shatter Me (but before reading Unravel Me) or something else entirely.  I did like it, and I liked seeing things from Warner’s perspective.  Destroy Me gets 3 stars.

Fracture Me CoverFracture Me (Shatter Me #2.5, you can find Fracture Me on goodreads)

Written by Tahereh Mafi

Format: e-book/Nook store

Published December 2013 by HarperCollins

Pages: 67

Summary: As Omega Point prepares to launch an all-out assault on The Reestablishment soldiers stationed in Sector 45, Adam’s focus couldn’t be further from the upcoming battle. He’s reeling from his breakup with Juliette, scared for his best friend’s life, and as concerned as ever for his brother James’s safety. And just as Adam begins to wonder if this life is really for him, the alarms sound. It’s time for war.

On the battlefield, it seems like the odds are in their favor—but taking down Warner, Adam’s newly discovered half brother, won’t be that easy. The Reestablishment can’t tolerate a rebellion, and they’ll do anything to crush the resistance . . . including killing everyone Adam has ever cared about.

I knew I’d also want to read Fracture Me, because I was hoping I’d understand Adam better.  Which I did, and I liked that all he wanted to do was protect his brother James.  But I actually found him even more irritating in this novella, which made me glad I waited until I had finished the series before reading this one.  Because if I actually had read Fracture Me before Ignite Me?  I think I would have MAJORLY disliked him.  And he really isn’t the one for Juliette.  I also liked this novella, not just because I got to see his relationship with Juliette from his POV, but also because we get to see the battle in Unravel Me from a different perspective.  And because we get to see the aftermath instead of just hearing about it.  Fracture Me gets 3 stars.

Some More Thoughts On Both Novellas:

Destroy Me is definitely the one that everyone seems to be talking about in regards to the Shatter Me novellas.  I’m not quite sure what I expected for either novella when I started reading them, but I think a part of me was wishing that I would have warmed up to either Adam or Warner after reading them.  As much as I love romance, and as much as I think that Warner really is the better guy for Juliette…I’m still finding that I don’t particularly care about the romance in this series.  I know it’s really important for Juliette, given that she has this ability to hurt/kill people just by killing them.  But…I still really am more interested in her journey and her being okay than I am with her relationships with Warner and Adam.  I definitely feel like I understand them better and I liked both novellas…but…I think I would have been just as fine having not read them.  If that makes any sense.

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