Review: Fracture Me (Shatter Me #2.5) by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #2.5
Published by: Harper Collins on December 17, 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Novella, Science Fiction, YA
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About the Book:
In this electrifying sixty-page companion novella to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, discover the fate of the Omega Point rebels as they go up against The Reestablishment. Set during and soon after the final moments of Unravel Me, Fracture Me is told from Adam's perspective.
As Omega Point prepares to launch an all-out assault on The Reestablishment soldiers stationed in Sector 45, Adam's focus couldn't be further from the upcoming battle. He's reeling from his breakup with Juliette, scared for his best friend's life, and as concerned as ever for his brother James's safety. And just as Adam begins to wonder if this life is really for him, the alarms sound. It's time for war.
On the battlefield, it seems like the odds are in their favor—but taking down Warner, Adam's newly discovered half brother, won't be that easy. The Reestablishment can't tolerate a rebellion, and they'll do anything to crush the resistance . . . including killing everyone Adam has ever cared about.
Fracture Me sets the stage for Ignite Me, the explosive finale in Tahereh Mafi's epic dystopian series. It's a novella not to be missed by fans who crave action-packed stories with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu.
Fracture Me was a different type of read for me than the previous novels in the series. While Shatter Me and Unravel Me made me swoon like a mad woman with its eloquent prose and earth shattering love story, Fracture Me left me feeling well … indifferent. There’s no denying how much I adored Adam in the previous novels. He seemed perfect, protective, as if he’s the kind of guy that would sweep you off your feet and take you off into the sunset on his magical white horse. However, his feelings and views of Juliette left me utterly disappointed, a little sad and definitely heartbroken.
I truly believe Warner is the better man for her. His love is raw, unconditional, and never falters despite everything they’ve been through and Juliette’s rejections. Throughout this entire novella, Adam’s love for Juliette seems so fragile. I pictured him more as a strong character who would profess his undying love and constant comfort. That he’d be her shield and cuddle her in his arms. More than anything, I wanted to root for their love and have a hard decision as to which team (Warner or Adam) I was going to cheer for in Ignite Me. But, it didn’t happen.
Adam’s love for his brother as we see in the story is deep. Their relationship at times is tense because he has to be both father and brother, protector and his savior. If it came down to it, he’d chose James over Juliette in a heartbeat. I do love this about him and I can’t fault him for making that kind of choice. But I think it shows that she will never come first.
[quote style=”3″]I love Juliette. I really do. I want to help her and support her and be there for her. I want us to have a future together. But sometimes I wonder if it’s ever going to happen.
This isn’t easy to admit, but part of me doesn’t want to put James at risk again – on the run again – for a girl who broke up with me. A girl who walked away from us.
I don’t know what the right thing is anymore.
I don’t know if my allegiance is to James or Juliette.
(Adam – Chapter 15, 78% on Kindle)
The above quote pretty much sums up the reason why I’m Team Warner. Adam has a choice to make. And his choice is pretty much always going to be in the best interest of his brother. Which, since he and Juliette are not married, I think it should be. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s honorable. It is the right thing to do. However, I also think Juliette deserves someone who can put her first. And Warner can do that, he would do it in a millisecond. Ugh…Adam…I love you but, you’re not right for her. Juliette needs someone who can let her fly, not keep her hidden because he thinks she’s incapable or weak. I never would have envisioned him thinking this about her, but he does. So I have to wonder, if Mafi setting us up for a Warner/Juliette relationship in the final novel. A power couple who will save the world? (and yes I totally ship this!!!)
Overall, Fracture Me is a good look into the soul of Adam. It’s definitely a must read for fans of the series and really makes you long for the final novel. However, if you’re looking to get all the “feels” that you’re used to with these books, then you might be a little disappointed. Heck, you might not even like our hero anymore. *sigh* TEAM WARNER!
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