Novella Review: Destroy Me

April 13, 2013 Review 22

Novella Review: Destroy Me
Destroy Me by Taherah Mafi
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Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Purchased
Pages: 103
Release Date: October 2nd 2012
Series: Shatter Me #1.5
Genres: Dystopia
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 the first, and most likely only, novella I have ever purchased. I don’t really agree with paying for a short story that isn’t necessary for the overall plot, but that is another rant story. DESTROY ME was worth every penny!
Who doesn’t love a good villain? I know I love villains!

In every book, no matter how bad the bad guy is-I still find myself rooting for him. Especially if we find out that there are reasons for why he is so evil. It does not make his actions inexcusable, but we see there is a chance for redemption.

In the POV of SHATTER ME bad guy, Warner, this novella tells the tale of events directly after SHATTER ME, and the consequences Warner has to face from his father because of previous said events.

I loved this! I actually almost enjoyed this as much as I did the first novel in the series, but because it was too short and cut off at what seemed like a weird end, I gave it four stars. Warner could easily have his own whole novel he’s so messed up. He’s written so amazingly, and I loved getting inside his head. We find out that he may not be as bad as everyone thinks, and we also find out more about his childhood, family, and the person he really wishes to be.

Juliette’s voice also makes an appearance, through journal entries that Warner reads. I thought this added bonus was great, especially for people who might be missing her POV. All I can say is…

Warner and Juliette?

Overall, this is probably the only novella I will ever recommend, it is almost necessary to read this before you read UNRAVEL ME, which I can not wait to start!  I kept the review vague because you really need to read this for yourself!

22 Responses to “Novella Review: Destroy Me”

  1. Bec

    I really want to read this but don’t want to pay for novellas. The ones I get a publisher (sometimes just the Aussie branch) offer them for free for a short period of time or they’re available to everyone.

    It would be great to get inside Warner’s head, just to see his motivations more. A lot of people seem to ship Juliette and Warner after this, but at the moment I just can’t see it.

    • Alise (Readers In Wonderland)

      I know the feeling, I never buy them. I am glad I bought this one though because this was a really important part of the series.

      I couldn’t see it either, (even though I never liked Adam too well) but now I really pity him.

  2. The Readdicts

    I love villains too, especially smart and sexy ones like Warner! ;)
    It’s great that you loved Destroy Me because I did too and you must read Unravel Me soon now. :D
    Excellent review!

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

  3. Lisa Mandina

    Have you read The Goddess Test series? I purchased The Goddess Test novella and really enjoyed it. I’ve had a few of those that I really did enjoy, and then others that I didn’t feel were worth the money. Like the one that was for the Fever series by Lauren DeStefano. There was one by Dean Koontz that I bought and really liked. I think it just depends. This one was good, but I don’t know that it was that great.

  4. Kelly

    While I’m not a big fan of this series, if Mafi were to release a spin-off series featuring only Warner’s PoV, I’d be ALL OVER IT! I absolutely loved Destroy Me, and if was what gave me the encouragement to continue with the series and read Unravel Me. Warner’s such a complex and dynamic character!

  5. rivie bleu

    Really? Warner? Lol I still haven’t read this, I’ll force myself to read it before Unravel Me. I just hope I keep thinking I still like Adam better!

  6. Sunny Duvall

    YES YES YES. Agreed to the fullest. I don’t normall read novellas but this one was just…ugh so good. I’m also so pro-Warner because he has so much LIFE compared to Adam. How can I not root for the bad boy anyways, especially when you find out the reasons, like you said? I love the use of the Loki gif as well :) Great review!

    Sunny @ Blue Sky Bookshelf

  7. lilybloombooks

    I think I watched your gif for too long. HAHA Love it.
    I usually don’t buy novellas either. BUT, I had to get this one! I never liked Adam, really, so this was the icing to my cake! Gotta love villains.

    Great Review! Glad you loved it!

  8. Aman

    This is my absolute favorite novella. I didn’t love it when I first read it, but after Unravel Me, my opinion just flipped. I love Warner! Now I want him to be with Juliette.


    EVERYONE’S BEEN TALKING ABOUT THOSE “ME” BOOKS!If I remember correctly, you did a review on a book in that series? It’s all the buzz these days.
    I’m glad you liked the novella! Good bad guys are always essential to the plot.
    In terms of the “shipping… you could use “Jarner” or “Warliette”!

  10. Sassy Spratt

    Like you, this is the only novella I’ve ever bought – and I don’t regret it. Getting inside the villain’s head was sooo interesting and opened up a whole new train of thought for me.

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