Shatter Me #4
"Juliette Ferrars thought she'd won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she's still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she's got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?"
It's been a while since I read the first three books of this series and I'm definitely thinking of doing a complete reread before the next book is released. I loved this, but I would have enjoyed it more if I would have remembered the finer points.
“Idiots are highly flammable, love. Let them all burn in hell.”
1. The characters. Something that I've seen everyone obsessing over is the fact that we now get Warner's POV and I can say with confidence that I was not disappointed in the slightest! I loved getting to see both sides of their relationship, and since the plot revolves majorly on the secrets Warner keeps from Juliette, it really emphasized the situation. After stepping away from the series for so long, I think the author did a wonderful job in staying true to her characters. Adam is slowly fading to the background (I'm taking that as a sign that he'll play a pivotal role in the next book!) and Kenji is still amazing and lovely and hilarious. We also get to see a more serious side of him which really helped to develop his character into something more than just comic relief. As for the MC, Juliette, I loved being in her head again!
“I cannot let the broken girl inside of me inhale all that I've become. I cannot revert back to another version of myself. I will not shatter, not again, in the wake of an emotional earthquake.”
2. The plot. I have... mixed feelings about this. Generally speaking, I loved it (illustrated by the fact that I finished it in 2.5 hours) and I was sucked in completely from the very first page. My one complaint is that it all seemed a bit thrown together. I suppose Juliette's reality at the moment is a bit thrown together but all the same, there was just this torrent of feelings all the time coming from both Juliette and Warner about different revelations and I just wanted something substantial to happen. Additionally, I wish the ending (the whole speech bit) was given more than one chapter. SO much happened there and it needed so much more than one chapter. Beyond that, though, I thought it was all lovely and intriguing. The plot line constantly kept me on my toes. Overall feelings, though? Definite bridge book.
“Who says you can’t be cute and kick ass at the same time?” Kenji winks at me. “I do it every day.”
3. The romance. This is also where it gets interesting. As I said in the section above, a lot of the plot is centered around certain secrets and revelations that alter Juliette's reality. This impacts Warner and Juliette's relationship substantially and also leads to some more great character development on Juliette's side of the bar. Recently, I haven't been loving the romances in books but this book gave me hope that I'm not completely burned out on them. I loved Warner and Juliette's relationship and how the author structured their uncertainties with each other.
“In the steady thrum that accompanies quiet, my mind is unkind to me. I think too much. I feel, perhaps, far more than I should. It would be only a slight exaggeration to say that my goal in life is to outrun my mind, my memories.”
4. The writing. I felt like I had to mention this as Tahereh Mafi is one of my favorite writers in terms of style. I absolutely love her creative use of line spacing, strike-outs, and repetition. She does such a great job of using these techniques (and others) to create a unique atmosphere for each mind in each POV. Her writing also does so much to bring emotion to life; something that is difficult to accomplish effectively. I can imagine that her style of writing doesn't appeal to everyone, but to me, it's positively beautiful.
“Right now I feel certain that my imagination is much more dangerous than any of his truths.”
The Final Verdict:
With a heart-pounding plotline and constantly evolving characters, this installment of the series has left me excited to read the next section. Warner and Juliette's relationship continues to get a thumbs-up from me, as well. However, despite all this, Restore Me is, at it's heart, at bridge book.
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