Series: Shatter Me #1.5
on 2 October 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: Kindle Purchase
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Warner is weak and hurt, his father is back to haunt him, and all he wants is to find Juliette again. The only thing he does find is her notebook, and he keeps it as a treasure - learning about her inner thoughts and loneliness makes him feel close to her.
One day when he's out among the civilians, he suddenly thinks he sees her, but as he blinks his eyes, the hallucination disappears as quickly as it appeared. Another side of Warner, one that you'd never guess even existed.
Destroy Me picks up right after Shatter Me, and it is all written in Warner’s point of view. If you haven’t read my review, you don’t know that I really hated Warner in Shatter Me – he hardly even seemed human. A stone-cold heart, only using others to get more power, killing people on a whim, wanting to use Juliette against her own will… I could go on and on.
Then, I picked up Destroy Me, and wow. I realized that Warner might have a soul, that the way he is now has everything to do with the way he was raised, and that while he first wanted to use Juliette for nefarious reasons, he actually fell in love with her. Warner is still the ruthless leader we got to know and hate during Shatter Me, but there is more substance to him in Destroy Me, an explanation, and also in a way the possibility to get to know him better.
While Warner is hurt, his father shows up unexpectedly, and he is the last person on earth Warner would ever want to see. Destroy Me is a short novella, but it really does give a lot of important insight into Warner, and I am sure it will also help while reading Unravel Me. Seeing his reactions to the words Juliette had left behind in her notebook was awesome! And he felt like he got to know her and understand her better, while at the same time he got that she would never be his pet killer.
If you’re a fan of the Shatter Me series, you should definitely pick up Destroy Me – both so that you have a little something to keep you hanging in there while you wait for the next novel in the series, and also so that you can see this different side of the main antagonist! Masterfully written, with a depth to the character I had no idea existed, Destroy Me really hit the right spot 🙂
I look up, my eyes carefully devoid of emotion. I hate his face. i can’t stand to look at him for too long; I don’t like experiencing the full impact of how very inhuman he is. He is not tortured by what he does or how he lives. In fact, he enjoys it. He loves the rush of power; he thinks of himself as an invincible entity.
The warm water makes me feel weightless. It carries my burdens for me, understanding that I need a moment to relieve my shoulders of this weight. To close my eyes and relax.
I almost forget that she still hates me, despite how hard I’ve fallen for her. And I’ve fallen. So hard. I’ve hit the ground. Gone right through it. never in my life have I felt this. Nothing like this. I’ve felt shame and cowardice, weakness and strength. I’ve known terror and indifference, self-hate and general disgust. I’ve seen things that cannot be unseen. […] Love is a heartless bastard. I’m driving myself insane.