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Restore Me (Shatter Me) Hardcover – Deckle Edge, March 6, 2018
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“Will have fans groaning aloud for the next installment.” (Booklist)
PRAISE FOR THE SHATTER ME SERIES: “Tahereh Mafi’s bold, inventive prose crackles with raw emotion. A thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love, the Shatter Me series is a must-read for fans of dystopian young adult literature-or any literature!” (Ransom Riggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children)
“Unravel Me is dangerous, sexy, romantic, and intense. I dare you to stop reading.” (Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures series)
“Addictive, intense, and oozing with romance. I’m envious. I couldn’t put it down.” (Lauren Kate, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fallen series )
“Mafi combines a psychological opener with an action-adventure denouement in her YA debut. This is a gripping read from an author who’s not afraid to take risks.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Rip-roaring adventure and steamy romance scenes, with a relationship teens will root for as much as they did for Bella and Edward.” (Booklist)
“Fast-paced action scenes convey imminent danger vividly. Part cautionary tale, part juicy love story, this will appeal to action and adventure fans.” (Kirkus Reviews)
From the Back Cover
My past still clings to me, skeleton hands holding me back even as I push forward into the light.
It’s been sixteen days since Juliette Ferrars killed the supreme commander of North America and took over as ruler of The Reestablishment on the continent.
Sixteen days since she assassinated Warner’s father.
Juliette thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45 and now has Warner by her side. But she’s still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and with so much power in her young hands, the world is watching her every move, waiting to see what happens next.
Juliette and Warner have risked every-thing. But when tragedy strikes, they must confront the darkness that exists both around and inside them. Will they be able to control the power Juliette wields, or will it control them?
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I REPEAT: I LOVED THIS BOOK.
No one is more surprised than me by just how much I loved this book. In fact, I am so fond of this book that I wanted to immediately start reading it again as soon as I finished reading it.
Honestly, the Shatter Me series has never been one of my favorites. Sure, I like it, and I was excited when I saw the news that Tahereh Mafi was planning on releasing (3?) new books in the series, but I wasn’t excited to the point of being over the moon about the new additions.
It’s been a while since I have read the original three books in this series, and at some point (hopefully soon) I need to go back and give them a reread to see if my opinions on each book has changed. I really loved the third book in the series, Ignite Me (BECAUSE, WARNETTE) but from what I can remember, I thought the first book was just okay, while I had a hard time making it through Unravel Me, the second book in the series.
But there is one thing I have loved about each of the books in the series, despite any negative opinions I may have had, and that is Tahereh’s beautiful writing style. Her writing is just so unique, and it is that very reason that I continued reading this series, despite the fact that I wasn’t captivated by the plot of the first book.
Restore Me follows the aftermath of the events of Ignite Me, and shit gets real.
I loved everything about this book. The plot. The character development. The Writing.
It was so interesting to see how Juliette, a 17 year old, would handle all the power suddenly at her exposure, as she is the new head of Sector 45.
This book is told in alternating view points, from the perspectives of Juliette and Warner. I really love that Tahereh decided to tell the story this way and give us glimpse into their thoughts and everything they were feeling, as they both had so much going on, internally and externally.
In the midst of everything they are already dealing with, they hit some snags in their relationship, and although I wanted them to be living happily ever after forever and ever with no problems whatsoever, the relationship problems they are facing are very realistic and its understandable that the problems in which they are facing come into play. (But they better get that happily ever after!)
Due to everything Juliette and Warner are dealing with, and everything that they have endured within their pasts, they are both naturally struggling with anxiety, and I was especially drawn towards Warner’s struggles with anxiety. Everything he was feeling in regards to his anxiety was understandable, given everything he has been through in life, and the way in which his anxiety was described was just so painfully real. As someone who struggles with anxiety on a daily basis, I was very impressed with the way in which Tahereh described what its like to be suffocated by anxiety. I wanted to reach into the pages of this book and give Warner a hug.
As for my thoughts on Juliette: she is wonderful and amazing and so strong and I am so proud of her for everything she has overcome and everything that she has achieved thus far and I can’t wait to see what she accomplishes next. You are doing amazing sweetie, and I am rooting for you every step of the way.
This book also features some of my favorite chapters/scenes from the Shatter Me series so far. The scenes I speak of all are scenes that include Warner/Juliette and Warner/Kenji.
Also: Kenji is his usual wonderful, perfect self and my love for him continues to grow as the series progresses. Just wanted to throw that out there.
AND THAT ENDING. I am still at a loss for words. I need the next book and I need it now!
Okay, I am going to end this review here, as I know what I have written is a rambling mess and I will more than likely come back and edit the entire thing at some point. I just want it to be known that I loved Restore Me and I will be impatiently counting down the days until the release of the next book!
This book just felt like a giant ode to political correctness. Characters personalties and mannerisms were changed, whole characters were added for no apparent reason and served no real function and real depth was destroyed all in favor of not being perceived as insensitive or offensive. I’m tired of authors changing a series that was already wonderful to fit the standards of culture. This series was beloved as it was, people wanted to read the new book because they wanted a continuation of the narrative that already existed. And if Mafi wanted to add characters / change narratives, at least make them matter more than just being throw away appeasement filler.
The characters I loved from the original trilogy were barely recognizable to me. The strong, confident Juliette who had learned to stand up for herself and was no longer hiding so much in her own mind is gone here. She comes across as almost near madness at times, completely defeated and a doubter. It’s like she reverted back to Juliette at the asylum but instead of still remaining kind, compassionate and considerate of others like she had before in the face of torture, hatred and struggles, she’s become harsh and unfeeling. The moment with her hair wasn’t what I think Mafi wanted it to be. It wasn’t this big, tough moment where the girl breaks free from her past. No, it was stupid, impulsive and honestly came across as an immature Juliette we left behind several books ago.
I feel most sad for the complete ruin of Warner. His character was always the interesting one. The one we knew hardly anything about, which made him mysterious. But what we did know, we loved. We wanted more because under his shell was a broken boy we all loved and yet still admired for his quiet compassion and resilience in the face of it all. His unaffectedness about how the world viewed him, his utter love and belief in Juliette, his untiring strength. All of these gone with this book. He’s become an anxiety ridden, depressed, clingy person who came across as pathetic and pitiable. Things the Warner from the previous books would’ve hated to be seen as. And after three books of building him up as an unlikely hero, of shifting perspectives and seeing how he was truly a man of unexpected kindness and not heartless cruelty, he’s somehow again been made into an unsuspecting villain, by Juliette of all people. To derail the great growth of Warner’s character and the way that we as readers have come to see him, was such a shame.
And their relationship together. Just wrecked. They’re only really together when they’re having sex and that just comes across as fan service, not as being written to serve any plot purpose. They don’t talk, they don’t communicate and eventually this leads to Juliette thinking he’s a massive liar and him thinking he’s lost her forever. After they’ve been together for 18 days or so. How did their relationship go from “I love you as you are” to Juliette doubting his every move? How did it go from Warner opening up about his mother’s ring and the scars on his back to him shutting her out in such a short time. That’s the unrealistic part. Wanting to create relationship drama to prolong the series isn’t something I agree with, couples can be happy and together and a series can be good. And there can be relationship struggles without a break up. And the whole “Hey”, “Hi” thing just drove me nuts. They always spoke to each other clearly before, why now can they only say two words it seems and then it’s just to jump each others bones? Where’s the mutual understanding they had developed where they knew each other in a way no else did!? Their relationship was so different from what had been established and built through the last books that I was appalled I was supposed to believe these were the same two people.
As for the core Omega Point group. That whole thing was a joke. More unnecessary character deaths from another author. No expansion on Adam and Alia, which I was looking forward to. No one else gets a backstory except Kenji and his felt like a throwaway. His character just came across as “insert Kenji to lighten mood” and to be a relationship counselor for Juliette and Warner. Before he had been such a strong presence for Juliette and I adored their friendship. Now he just seems like the third wheel who no one knows what to do with. Just so much wrong. So much.
The tone of this book was just depressing and dark. And no the other books weren’t light, but their darkness had a purpose. In the end, even though the characters had struggles or they faced obstacles it was all about overcoming. In this book it was nothing but defeat upon defeat upon defeat. Mental, physical, everything was defeating. It made the book a slog to get through. I realize that what some of what I loved about the original trilogy was the mystery surrounding the world and the backstories of the characters. Not everything was fully fleshed out, only little tidbits were given and I feel that is what gave the series it’s likability. You didn’t know everything. When things were revealed in the past books, it was a slow revelation to add depth to the characters or paint a better picture of the world, not a wallop across the head for shock value. The whole revelation with Juliette felt like a cheap trick and a boring one at that. I would’ve much rather had the core characters just be involved in an overall war than add even more characters, muddy the plot even further and spin off into a side dilemma that was just there for a baited cliffhanger. The original trilogy didn’t have a lot of action going on per-se, but even the small stuff then had weight to it. Even the little interactions mattered. But now it seems that things were just written to move the plot along or add unnecessary drama, not to help the narrative.
Overall it felt like reading Shatter Me all over again, with the characters back at the start, having had no growth, no perspective and going a totally different path, being written by a completely inexperienced author. Nothing felt woven together, the characters weren’t the ones I’d come to love or would even want to know more about, and the world was lackluster. It read as juvenile. And none of the original trilogy read that way. I missed the beautiful poetic writing and being in Juliette’s headspace and even in Warner’s from reading Destroy Me. But here it was lifeless. Some lines had punch but again it just felt tossed in for appeasement, not because it fit or had a meaning. The other trilogy had impact and left a lasting impression because from the characters to the words on the page, everything had weight. It resonated.
I’ve always tried not too gripe with a book, critique yes, but complain no. And definitely not rant. But I was so looking forward to this book. And while I try always to objective, not subjective, the emotional weight I have with being invested in this series does add a different dimension to how I view this book. If there’s one series I recommend to people, it’s this one. A character I consider to be most like myself, it’s Juliette (until now of course). So to come to a book you’ve waited a long time to see happen and only have it wreck what came before is just crushing on many levels. I still adore the original trilogy, and I’m likely going to follow along with the rest of this series just to see how it all washes out in the end. But the best way to describe how I feel after reading this book is utterly disillusioned and disappointed. And I’ve spoken to enough people to know it’s not just me who feels this way. I hope the next one is better, but I probably won’t be reading it. Sometimes a book becomes one you recommend forever and sometimes it just becomes part of a larger series you accept, and that is definitely the case with Restore Me.
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