Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi | Book Review

(Shatter Me #1.5)

Published: October 2nd 2012


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.

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My Rating: 5 stars 5/5 (Outstanding)

Book Information

Publisher: Harper

Genre(s): Young-adult fiction, dystopia, romance

Page Count: 109

Format: e-book

Hello! I finished this quite a while ago, but I still remember my love for this book like it was yesterday! I love Shatter Me, the first book in the Shatter Me series, and this novella was no exception!

This is going to be a more shorter review, as it is only a novella, but read on for my fangirling over this book! Note: This is a spoiler-free review, unless you haven’t read the first book. If you haven’t read the first book, DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW. You have been warned. 

Quick Summary

Juliette has escaped. Now Warner has to suppress the spark of rebellion growing in his sector—not to mention find and retrieve his Juliette. But when Warner’s father, the supreme commander, returns, it’s clear he has different plans. Plans that do not involve keeping Juliette alive. But Warner will not allow it. She will be his.

My Review

There’s not much to comment on for the plot other than that it was just as enjoyable as Shatter Me, albeit the fact that this novella didn’t really have a huge storyline. The fact that we got Warner’s POV was enough. 🙂 Which brings me to my next point…

If you’ve read my review of Shatter Me, you’ll know how while reading Shatter Me I was mostly Team Adam, but a little bit of  Team Warner as well. And I can’t tell you how much this decision was tipped by this book! Destroy Me provided priceless insight into a guy we saw as cruel and sadistic in Shatter Me. My heart absolutely shattered reading his POV and I love him!! His vulnerabilities are all laid out, and I got to understand him so much more than before. I honestly fell in love with every page.

And the writing style was amazing. Tahereh Mafi has such a unique style! There was no strike-throughs this time or fragments of thoughts as in Shatter Me, but her beautiful prose was just so smooth and made this book such an easy read! I just loved it so much, I had so much fun reading her descriptions, even when they were descriptions of Warner’s heartbreak.


This book had great Warner development, and the same prose we see in Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me, without being a replica of Juliette. Definitely a recommended read, especially if you’re reading the Shatter Me series, or choosing between Team Adam and Team Warner. I couldn’t stop reading this novella, and I completely fell in love with Warner. I read this right after reading Shatter Me, but I know another fellow blogger enjoyed it reading it after the second book, Unravel Me, so I suppose it would also be up to you to choose.

Haven’t eaten yet? Then pack this up to go! It’s an amazing meal that you won’t regret.


17 thoughts on “Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi | Book Review

  1. I haven’t read any of the books, but I’ve been seeing it mentioned recently, so I figured I’d get to buying it soon. The whole series is on my shopping list for my next haul…when I have money again!

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