Quickie Review: Destroy Me

Destroy Me


DESTROY ME by Tahereh Mafi was released in the U.S. on October 2, 2012 in eBook format only. It is currently available to order online at AMAZON and BARNES &  NOBLE.

Published by HarperCollins, the story is 103 pages.

DESTROY ME is a novella in the author’s Shatter Me series set between SHATTER ME and UNRAVEL ME.



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.


DESTROY ME is an eye-opening and incredibly entertaining novella told from Warner’s point of view. It picks up shortly after the climactic events that occur toward the end of SHATTER ME and continues through the early parts of the next book, UNRAVEL ME.

This exciting short story lets readers see Warner as someone other than the monster he appeared to be in that first book. It gives a glimpse into what his earlier life was like, how and when it all changed, what his existence has been shaped into due to his father’s influence and just how different he is from his outward persona.

It shows his human side, that he has a human side. And it reveals just how he feels about his father, his role as a leader, those he commands, his isolated existence… and Juliette.

This brief look at the story from Warner’s perspective brings to light just what Juliette really means to him, how important she is, how similar their pasts and how connected he is to her. It also sheds light on how cold-hearted and calculated his father is and to just what lengths he is willing to go.

DESTROY ME paints Warner as a character deserving of sympathy. It reveals someone who is very much in need of human contact, someone who is brave and yet fearful, kind but also cruel, and someone who may be unlovable but has the capacity to love.

For readers who are fans of the series, even if not of Warner, this story is a must. It can be enjoyed before or after having read UNRAVEL ME but it will be a much more enlightening story if read before that second book in the series. And for those who haven’t yet read UNRAVEL ME, this story will make them want to dive right in to find out just why getting to know Warner is so important.

DESTROY ME is fast-paced. It is surprising. And it’s more than a touch heartbreaking. Even though it’s not necessary to the story arc, it is necessary to gaining a better understanding of one of the series’ more important characters, one who has a significant role in UNRAVEL ME.

This short novella includes not only an excerpt of the first two chapters of UNRAVEL ME but an excerpt from Warner’s Files.

Reviewer gives this novella…


On a personal note…

I don’t know why it took me so long to read this novella. It was amazing. And if I were the type to use lots of exclamation points I wouldn’t need to utter another word, just fill the page with those slashes with dots at the end. But as I’m not….

I read UNRAVEL ME early, long before this story was released, and had been a Warner fan since the first book in the series. So not immediately devouring this novella affirms the fact that I am insane.

While I knew some of Warner’s feelings – as they were revealed in UNRAVEL ME – getting to know about them from him was so much better. And getting to know even more about what he thought about Juliette made me adore him all the more.

I loved learning about why he was first interested in Juliette. I loved learning the truth about his actions. I loved learning about what he thought about a certain journal. And I loved hearing about just how he was destroyed.

I could go on and on about the awesomeness that is Warner or how this short story broke my heart for him all over again. But I probably should keep my lips sealed just in case someone hasn’t yet read this novella or the second book in the series.

I’ll just say that this is unquestionably a must read. Even if you don’t love Warner. Yet. Or ever. Because it explains a lot. It will make you see certain events from both books in a different light. It is a story that gives you pages and pages of the author’s heart-achingly beautiful writing.

And maybe, just maybe, it will introduce you to a character who is redeemable.

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