Series: Shatter Me #2
Published by HarperCollins on February 5th 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Supernatural, Young Adult
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time for war.
Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.
She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.
Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.
In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam's life.
When the cover was released for the third and final book in this series, Ignite Me, I vowed to finally stop staring at Unravel Me on my shelf and pick it up. See, I was nervous. Why? Well, I absolutely loved Shatter Me (my review) and with that, our dear Adam as a love interest. He was sweet, swoony and completely dedicated to Juliette. When reviews started to go live for this sequel, everyone seemed to have jumped ship to Team Warner, hence my hesitation. But I finally gave in and here is what I thought.
At the end of Shatter Me, the book picked up an almost X-Men type feel as Juliette arrives at Omega Point and finds others with abilities, like herself. We learn a lot more about the resistance and how they all work together, learning to control these abilities and put them to good use for the people. I wasn’t initially sure how well this would work out at the end of Shatter Me but I must say, I really liked it! We find out so much more about Kenji’s ability as well as why exactly it is that Adam can touch Juliette when almost no one else can. The plot has some really exciting and heart-pounding moments and it all just made me fall more and more in love with the author’s writing.
Kenji was a bright star in this novel. He continues to make his presence known with his cockiness, humor and wit. And he is so dedicated to the cause and his friends at all costs. He is absolutely one of my favorite characters in these books, if not THEE favorite.
Now for Warner… I liked him a lot as a villain in the last book. He was tricky and confident and that continues to be seen. But we also find out so much more about him (in Destroy Me the novella too). He is so very complex with so many layers that are starting to be peeled back. Tahereh Mafi made him more likable and relatable this time around. And I can see Juliette relating to him and his tortured past. Chapter 62, guys? So very hot. HOT. BUT, I don’t know, I’m not sold on this relationship. I feel like Warner likes to play games and his thing with Juliette is like an obsession. And I can’t completely ignore the terrible things he has done enough to be rooting for him as the love interest here.
What I heard about Adam before reading this is that he is really mopey in this book. Honestly, I didn’t personally see that. I saw a boy who was desperately in love with his girlfriend and something had changed to make their relationship not 100% safe and SHE broke it off and it killed him. I also see someone who is dealing with a lot of revelations about his past, his present, and the future. He had every reason to be upset about that. If anything, I found Juliette to be a little annoying by pushing him away for ‘his own good’ (how many times has this been a complaint in other series?) and keeping secrets from him. I get that she saw herself relying on him too much, but I didn’t feel like a breakup was necessary. It was like she gave up on him, which is sad since she kept saying throughout the book how much she loves him. I have hope that there is something to be rebuilt between the two in the last book. Please, pretty please?
Overall, this was one sequel that tore me in two and took the series to another level. I’m glad I finally gave it a chance and believe me, it was worth it! The wait until Ignite Me will be killer, but at least by me putting this one off for so long has lessened the wait between books. I highly recommend this series to all!