Review: Restore Me (Shatter Me #4) by Tehereh Mafi

Title: Restore Me
Author: Tehereh Mafi
Publisher/Year:  HarperCollins Publishing 3/6/18
Length:   255 Pages
Series:  Shatter Me #4

Overview

The girl with the power to kill with a single touch now has the world in the palm of her hand.

Juliette and Warner’s story continues in the electrifying fourth installment of Tahereh Mafi’s New York Timesbestselling Shatter Me series.

Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander of North America, and now has Warner by her side. But when tragedy strikes, she must confront the darkness that dwells both around and inside her.

Who will she become in the face of adversity? Will she be able to control the power she wields, and use it for good?

My Thoughts

To be honest, i didn’t think that there would be a book 4, and i had a hard time remembering where we had left off in book 3, but i’m glad that i stuck it out for those first few chapters.  What we have here is an interesting continuation of the story that had a potential pause with Juliette taking over North America, and now we’ve restarted it all.

This next installment takes us to a point in time where Juliette is overwhelmed, still reliant on Kenji to be her best friend and source of guidance, and still madly in love with Warner.  the challenge there though is that Warner is in a tough head space in this book, and we see that life gets in the way of love – so you really don’t have a true sense of where these two are going to net out.  They can’t ever seem to catch a break now can they?

The journey in this book is one where the other supreme commanders are now ultra curious about who Juliette is and what she’s done and will do – so they send their children to the sector to uncover secrets.  We meet a few interesting people who we aren’t yet sure we’re able to trust, and along with them, a LOT of secrets are revealed.

We learn that Juliette isn’t at all what she seemed and what she thought she was, and sadly it was Warner who was guided to learn the truth (Castle is the bearer of information it seems) and as a result, he’s put in a position where telling Juliette what he knows means that he may lose her.

Her past is definitely not what we were led to believe, and how she got to the asylum and what her role is in life now are coming to the forefront of this story.  We are left with more questions than answers for sure, and the twist at the end makes us really wonder if anything that we knew from the first 3 books was real.

We meed Haider and Nazeera in this book – the children of the supreme commander of Asia, and they play an interesting role.  We’re never quite sure what to make of them, they aren’t really honest with their words or actions, but what comes out as they interact more and more with Juliette and Warner, it is a huge shock and potentially story changing.

When Juliette’s life is put in danger not once but twice in this story, we start to see who really is on what side, and question what we know even more.  The set up for book 5 really is nicely done, leaving us on a cliff that makes you really wonder what’s going to happen and what does that means for life as everyone knows it.

There’s one other aspect to this story that we only really saw in the later installments of the first few books.  The romance between Warner and Juliette started slow, and now is hot and intense for a YA book.  You can see how they are teenagers but they feel for each other in a much more mature sense, and the way that their love and passion comes through is genuine, and yet fairly appropriate for the nature of the book.

Anyhow – i can’t wait now for book 5, and i hope that you guys catch up on this series.

Review: Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tehereh Mafi

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Title: Ignite Me
Author:  Tehereh Mafi
Publisher/Year:  HarperCollins 2/4/14
Length: 416 Pages
Series: Shatter Me Trilogy #3

Overview

One day I might break
One day I might break free

Nothing will ever be the same.

The fate of Omega Point is unknown. Everyone Juliette has ever cared about could be dead. The war could be over before it ever really began.

Juliette is the only one standing in The Reestablishment’s way. She knows that if she’s going to survive, The Reestablishment cannot.

But to take down The Reestablishment and the man who very nearly killed her, Juliette will need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together to bring down their enemy, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knew—about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam—was wrong.

One day I might break
One day I might break free

Nothing will ever be the same.

The fate of Omega Point is unknown. Everyone Juliette has ever cared about could be dead. The war could be over before it ever really began.

Juliette is the only one standing in The Reestablishment’s way. She knows that if she’s going to survive, The Reestablishment cannot.

But to take down The Reestablishment and the man who very nearly killed her, Juliette will need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together to bring down their enemy, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knew—about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam—was wrong.

My Thoughts

I was sooo excited when this final installment in the trilogy finally became available in my library.  it’s like after all that we have gone through with these guys, discovering that there are people out there that have super powers, a complicated love triangle, assumptions of people’s deaths – i knew that we were going to get a great story out of Ms. Mafi.

We pick up right where Fracture Me leaves us off.  Omega Point has been destroyed, Juliette has been killed/kidnapped depending on who you are talking to, and there are very few survivors among the Omega Point folks.  It’s chaos, and destruction all around.

One of the over-arching things that we get in this book is the sense of self that Juliette finally has.  She’s come to terms with what she is and finally realizes that she’s not weak and insignificant.  She comes into her own, and decides that she is going to take action since she’s the one with the most strength, (mental and physical) and she’s going to somehow get her friends to help her.  The decision is to overthrow the Re-Establishment which is no easy task.  Warner is on her side, but Adam, well, that’s an entirely different story.

This love triangle between them makes things so much more complicated.  J knows how she feels about Adam, which isn’t quite the same as he feels about her, and Warner has proclaimed his love for her, but J isn’t sure if that’s what she feels or if she’s in a place to be able to reciprocate.  That’s definitely one of the big themes of the story as well.

Kenji, Kenji, Kenji …..he brings a certain level of humor and levity to this story which is really needed at times since there’s so much despair that we get through this story.  I actually laughed out loud.  His sense of humor is so overt that it’s a welcome distraction. He also continues to be a certain strength that’s core to the story that I’m glad that the author decided to continue to focus on him.

So….what we really have is a final installment where there’s a coming of age of a sense, knew information coming to a head about family ties, secrets revealed, and a whole lot of stress about who’s going to survive, which side will win and what that means for the friends.

I really enjoyed where this story took us, but i do have to say that the ending left me a little wanting.  It felt kind of like it was open – based on the last few lines that were written.  I just wonder if it was done on purpose – so that we could get an additional novella or something, but the acknowledgements in the back didn’t imply such a thing.  There were also a few questions left out there for me, and a few things that were a bit too tidy.

1) how come James was always so safe and innocent?  Yes, he’s 10, but i feel like 10 year olds these days know a lot about what’s going on around them, and if this is in the future, 10 is like the new 16

2) who was that guy with Anderson on the ship?  why did J recognize him?

3) what’s going to happen next?  i feel like there’s a good story there

Anyway, i’m really happy that i took the journey with this story if for no other reason than to see J and Adam and Warner grow up.  There’s an added level of maturity in this installment since we see a relationship go to another level – in a PG-13 sort of way 🙂  I hope you guys enjoy it as much as i did!