Review: Fracture Me (Shatter Me #2.5) by Tahereh Mafi

December 19, 2013 Book Review, Young Adult 17 ★★

Fracture MeFracture Me by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #2.5
Published by HarperCollins on December 17th 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Novella, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
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In this electrifying sixty-page companion novella to the New York Timesbestselling 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 MeFracture 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.

Oh boy, how do I wrap my head around this novella?
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For those of you who do not know, I am a firm believer in Team Adam. I feel like their love is more real whereas with Warner it is more convenient and fleeting for Juliette and an obsession for Warner. I've been dying to finally get inside the head of Adam with the hopes this novella would give me a little more faith in what I can only dream of happening in Ignite Me.

I truly feel as though Adam got the short end of the stick as far as the novellas for this series go. Warner's POV in Destroy Me gave us something, an inside knowledge to the villain of the book, allowing us a chance to connect with him before moving on, to see where he comes from. There was none of that for Adam. Instead I felt like we just got a scene from the war from another perspective, and most of it was what we already saw. There was nothing to gain and in fact, I found myself skimming this part. There were no moments to really understand Adam. All I got from it was how incredibly amazing his love for his brother James is. And truly that bit made my heart melt, but at the expense of Juliette? That's what it felt like to me. Like the author has made it so he must choose between them and I am so not cool with this direction.

I'm really not that big of a fan of novellas in the first place. I despise when I feel like I HAVE to read them to continue in a series. And even though I have those thoughts I still enjoyed Destroy Me. Fracture Me clocks in at about 53 pages with a sneak peek at Ignite Me at the end. Is that worth the $2.99 I paid for it? Eh, not really.

And again, as a Team Adam supporter, I am hugely disappointed and it kills me that this wasn't at all what I wanted. And now I have more fears for the conclusion, Ignite Me.

Nevertheless, I am still holding on to hope somehow for an Adam and Juliette reunion.

I'm not ready to give up on us.



About Tahereh Mafi

Tahereh Mafi is a girl. She writes books and reads books and drinks way too much coffee.

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

17 Responses to “Review: Fracture Me (Shatter Me #2.5) by Tahereh Mafi”

  1. Becky @ Stories & Sweeties

    I don’t usually read the novellas for series, but you know what I would love to see…one done from Kenji’s POV. He’s my favorite character. 😀

    Still can’t wait to see how this series ends!!

  2. Sel

    Me neither, I don’t think novellas are necessary for my understanding of a series– BUT, when I’m obsessed/I really loved a story, I might just buy the novella (since the wait will kill me).

    I’ve got a feeling that Ignite Me is going to be really honestly explosive 🙂 Great review, Sara!
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  3. Allie @ Little Birdie Books

    I don’t usually read novellas either; I never feel like I need to or like they add much to the books. But it seems people REALLY get into Mafi’s novellas and that they really influence how people see the characters.

    I’m such a firm Team Adam believer; like you I feel their relationship is a lot more real and intense and genuine. I haven’t read this novella, or Warner’s, but I’m already disappointed. From what I’ve seen Warner’s novella was kind of epic and really gave people an insight. And people seem to see Adam’s as kind of boring, repetitive, and only a testament to why he and Juliette shouldn’t be together. To me it almost seems as if Mafi changed Adam’s character in this novella so that Warner would seem like a better endgame choice.

    I’m so disappointed, because I was going to read both this and Warner’s novella. Now I don’t think I need to, since the only thing these novellas seem to be doing is cutting down one love interest and ‘bigging up’ another (more psychotic) choice :/

    Hopefully book 3 will prove me wrong and Juliette and Adam will prevail!
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  4. Renu

    I am Team Adam too, and I so agree with what you’ve said. It didn’t feel like the Adam I’ve come to know over the past two books. I love his dedication toward his bro, but I didn’t like the whole Juliette vs James thing. And the way he thought of Juliette as weak and in need of protection annoyed me to. *sigh* I really wish I hadn’t read it now.
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  5. Pam@YAEscapefromReality

    I’m Team Adam as well and I haven’t read the novella yet (I’m not a huge novella fan) but from the reviews I’ve read, it sounds like the novella is meant to push us all in the direction of Warner for Juliette. The way I’ve heard Adam’s thoughts about Juliette described (weak) and the fact that he seems to love his brother above everyone (including Juliette) makes me think (and fear) that we now know the choice that is coming. The question is, should I read this to understand what happens in Ignite Me? I’ll have to think about whether I need to read it or not. Thanks for the review!
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  6. Nereyda @Mostly YA Book Obsessed

    We had a fun discussion about this on GR. The more I think about it, the more I’m convinced Mafi is messing with us. Misdirection Sara…
    I’m freaking out! Even though Im team Warner, I still really like Adam and I felt he got shafted in book 2 too. He was so mopey. Whatever ending, I hope it’s a good one and not a ‘convenient’ one. And Warner, Adam and Kenji better not die!
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    • Sara @ Forever 17 Books

      I have such a bad feeling someone is going to die. I have no idea who but just a gut feeling. EEK! It’ll be interesting to see how this wraps up, especially when readers seem to believe so strong in their ships. lol

  7. Andreea

    Sorry to hear that it was that disappointing. But thanks for your honest opinion.

    I am also Team Adam:) Good to hear that you’re too!

    And you’re right, I also feel like I ‘need’ to read these novellas in order to keep up with a series, and although I have read a few novellas to keep up with some of my favorite series, I won’t be doing it anymore, because I don’t have the time to do it. I already have so many ‘full’ books to read, that I just don’t want to waste my time on these short novellas who sometimes aren’t a nice addition to a series anyway and sometimes I think that the authors are just trying to make more money or maybe their publishers ‘force them’ to write them because it’s just popular. I don’t know.


    great review.

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  8. Patrick @ The Bookshelves

    Ahh! I’ve usually not a fan of novellas like you and I might pick this one up because I think Warner is a great character too! (Here comes the attacks!!) But I’m dying to pick up the third book and I really loved the first and second ones so much!

    Happy Reading & Happy Holidays

  9. tabithasbookblog

    I felt the same way! I’m not a big fan of novellas, but I decided to give this one a chance and it was pretty disappointing. I’m thinking that this is just a way of misdirecting us as readers. Either by making us think Adam kind of sucks, or making us think that this was done on purpose…

    So many possibilities. Great review.

  10. BornBookish

    I just finished Unravel Me last night and was so emotional! I am 100% Team Adam and I don’t like the way things are heading =/ I’m so over novella’s they’re overpriced and usually have nothing special to add anyways. I think I’m going to skip this one for now.
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