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Book Review: Destroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5) by Tahereh Mafi

I took my own advice and read my very first novella, Destroy Me. It was everything I hoped and dreamed it would be and more.

Book Review: Destroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5) by Tahereh Mafi

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Title & Author: Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi

Genre: YA Novella – Dystopia, Futuristic

Release Date: October 2, 2012

Series: Shatter Me #1.5

Publisher: Harper

How I Got the Book: Bought


“Perfect for the fans of Shatter Me who are desperately awaiting the release of Unravel Me, this novella-length digital original will bridge the gap between these two novels from the perspective of the villain we all love to hate, Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

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.”

No, Destroy YOU!

Destroy Me was too short. I know it’s a novella and that’s sort of the point, but I wanted more. More Warner being vulnerable and unsure. More Warner thoughts and Warner feelings. Just more!!

If you didn’t guess already, Destroy Me is told from Warner’s perspective and takes place after Shatter Me stops and right before Unravel Me begins. Warner’s recovering from his injuries and is trying to keep his sector in check while trying to find where Juliette disappeared to.

The reason I really love alternating points of view in books is I’m a very curious person. I want to know people’s thoughts and opinions and perspectives. I want to know everything. So, book-wise when I get a look inside someone’s head that is aloof or fascinating, I’m in heaven.

Because the book is so short – 103 pages – so I don’t want to give away too much.

Let’s leave it at this: get the inside scoop on Warner, his motivations and his weaknesses (yes he has some). My personal recommendation is to read Destroy Me AFTER Unravel Me.

I found it interesting to know “it all” then look back. Just my take on it.


Take an hour or two to read this amazing novella. Tahereh Mafi put all the angst and tension of Shatter Me and Unravel Me and bundled it into a bite-size version that just might make you yell, “TEAM WARNER!” by the end of it. Destroy Me is a must read for Shatter Me fans.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.