by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #2.5
Published by: HarperCollins
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.
It is no secret that I have mad love for this author and the Shatter Me series. I don’t often purchase all of the side novellas for series I adore, but made exceptions for this series. Until now, I have not been disappointed. Fracture Me is told from Adam’s perspective, and it left me disappointed. Mini review: character exposed, short yet kept me on edge and advanced the overall story arc.
Fracture Me picks up right where Unravel Me left off as Omega Point launches an attack against Sector 45 and the Reestablishment. The tale is told from Adam’s perspective. He shares his thoughts regarding his relationship with Juliette and his concerns for his brother James. As they enter into battle we are privy to his innermost thoughts, what he observes and how he reacts. While only sixty-two pages in length Mafi does an excellent job of giving Adam voice and advancing the plot.
If Mafi’s intentions were to draw a line in the sand regarding the love triangle involving Warner and Adam, then she was successful. Being inside Adam’s head led to startling revelations regarding his character. To be frank, she took the swoon right out of him; at least for this reader. View Spoiler » In my humble opinion, Juliette would suffocate with Adam. While I found his need to protect his younger brother noble, his feelings towards Juliette made her feel more like a child then his possible partner. I am not even sure he really loves her. He came off as immature, jealous, angry and a tad selfish. I love a man who protects his woman; it can be sexy but Adam smothers. I no longer see them as a viable couple. « Hide Spoiler This isn’t to say Warner is perfect, but he pushes Juliette to be her best.
The overall storyline for the series progressed in Fracture Me and I am anxious to see how everything falls into place. It will be interesting to see how folks react to Ignite Me. I am particularly curious about reactions from those who have read Destroy Me from Warner’s perspective and Fracture Me from Adam’s against those who have only read the full-length novels.
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