Monday, March 10, 2014

Review | Unite Me by Tahereh Mafi

About the book:

Perfect for fans of Tahereh Mafi’s New York Times bestselling Shatter Me trilogy, this book collects her two companion novellas, Fracture Meand Destroy Me, in print for the first time ever. It also features an exclusive look into Juliette’s journal and a preview of Ignite Me, the hotly anticipated final novel of the series.

Destroy Me tells the events between Shatter Me and Unravel Me from Warner’s point of view. Even though Juliette shot him in order to escape, Warner can’t stop thinking about her—and he’ll do anything to get her back. But when the Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment arrives, he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner cannot allow.

Fracture Me is told from Adam’s perspective and bridges the gap between Unravel Me and Ignite Me. As the Omega Point rebels prepare to fight the Sector 45 soldiers, Adam's more focused on the safety of Juliette, Kenji, and his brother. The Reestablishment will do anything to crush the resistance . . . including killing everyone Adam cares about.

The Shatter Me series is perfect for fans who crave action-packed young adult novels with tantalizing romance like Divergent and The Hunger Games. This captivating story, which combines the best of dystopian and paranormal, was praised as “a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love” by Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

Release Date: February 4, 2014
Publisher: Harper Collins
Genre: YA dystopian/romance
Pages: 240

My rating for Unite Me (Shatter Me, #1.5, #2.5):

Thoughts on Destroy Me:
I understand Warner more now. I don't think he is a monster, but as I remember some of the things he said to Juliette in Unravel Me, I still don't like him.

Thoughts on Fracture Me:
I am so frustrated! Adam, what the heck?! Acting like Juliette's a burden, something to take care of because she can't take care of herself, instead of caring for her! Juliette's the weak link, Juliette's too trapped in her own head, Juliette can't protect herself...ugh!! I'm so peeved. This isn't the Adam I've grown to love! This sounds more like the Adam Warner imagines in his head, not the real one. I understand him doubting whether they should be together, with everything going on and Juliette breaking up with him but he's acting like he only loves her because she needs him, not because he needs and wants and loves her for who she is. I got the sense that he knows nothing about Juliette from this novella, which is not how I ever pictured him. Again, this is how Warner imagines Adam. Did Mafi do this on purpose? Make us turn away from Adam completely so everyone will be happy when if Warner and Juliette end up together?

On the upside, I love James more and his nickname for Adam. I love Kenji and how he sees strength in Juliette but I also like him just because he's the best. He might be one of my favorite supporting characters ever. I liked seeing what Juliette is like from an outside perspective when she closes herself off and lives in her mind, and how some things trigger her to come back to life. It was interesting to learn that she actually does repeat her words out loud like how she does in her head.

Thoughts on Juliette's Journal:
We already get the chance to see most of her journal entries between Shatter Me, Unravel Me, and Destroy Me, but I liked seeing them all in one binding and simply rereading them all again. It's a very peculiar thing to be in Juliette's mind when she's at the lowest points of her life.

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