First Lines: I’ve been shot. And, as it turns out, a bullet wound is even more uncomfortable than I had imagined.
I saw this at the library and thought it would be a great way to finally finish off the Shatter Me series. Of course, I’ve read all the actual book, but I wanted to say I was done with all the novellas too. (The novellas included are Destroy Me and Fracture Me, as well as Juliette’s Journal.)
Just a brief description here, Destroy Me (#1.5) is Warner’s perspective right after Shatter Me. Even though Juliette’s gone, Warner can’t stop thinking about her. Fracture Me is an overlap of the end of Unravel Me and a quick lead-in to what happens after, told from Adam’s perspective.
I think it might be easier to review both of these novellas individually.
Destroy Me – At this point in the series, Warner is incredibly hard to like. Even knowing what happens later in the series, Warner just kind of creeps me out here. He is fixated on Juliette to the point of near obsession. But on top of that, it’s also interesting to see what The Reestablishment is like for someone on the inside. Warner is in an unenviable position and he has to deal with some very harsh realities. This story tends to be a little more psychological in its action.
Fracture Me – This story tucked into familiar territory, overlapping quite a bit with Unravel Me. The truly interesting part of this story is seeing Juliette from Adam’s perspective because she has tics that she doesn’t really seem to be aware of in the series. And with all the action that takes place in the story at this point, there really wasn’t a dull moment at all. Definitely physical in its action.
What’s truly interesting is that in very short order, we get to see Warner’s, Adam’s, and Juliette’s perspectives. And Mafi gives each one a very different voice. This is actually kind of genius.
For example, Juliette’s voice is what we’re most familiar with. It’s almost musical in its repetition and vivid imagery. She compares dissimilar things all the time to describe what she’s feeling. It’s beautiful and lets you see what her mind is like, how her earlier trauma has impacted her. Adam, similarly, seems very in-tune with his emotions. He observes details that somehow tie in to either his emotions or the emotions of those around him. (He sees when people are upset, notices when something makes them edgy, etc.) But Warner is more clinical. He observes for the factual information, for the way those observations can be used against someone. And that’s totally a creation of his upbringing. But it’s so fascinating that Mafi was able to be so in-tune with these characters that she can do this. I didn’t even catch on until I was reading Adam’s story and then I noticed the differences.
These stories are a nice way of stepping your feet back into the Shatter Me world without having to reread the whole series.