Destroy Me (Shatter Me 1.5) by Tahereh Mafi
ebook, 104 pages
Perfect for the fans of Shatter Me who are desperately awaiting the release of Unravel Me, this novella-length digital original will bridge the gap between these two novels from the perspective of the villain we all love to hate, Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.
In Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me, Juliette escaped from The Reestablishment by seducing Warner—and then putting a bullet in his shoulder. But as she’ll learn in Destroy Me, Warner is not that easy to get rid of. . .
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.
Of all the novella’s I read that one day this was the longest. And thank goodness it was! While most novella’s aren’t really necessary for the story, I kind of feel this one is. Once you get in Warner’s head you will never see him the same again. I always love a villain that you can’t help but have a love/hate relationship with. In this book you get a better idea of why he is the way he is and what we might expect from him in the future (though, he is a bit unpredictable).
I wouldn’t say a ton happens in this book except Warner looking for Juliette and trying to deal with his wound, his emotions and his incredibly horrible father. It was all fascinating and definitely left me DYING to get my hands on Unravel Me!
Roar and Liv (Under the Never Sky .5) by Veronica Rossi
ebook, 68 pages
Before Perry and Aria, there was Roar and Liv.
After a childhood spent wandering the borderlands, Roar finally feels like he has a home with the Tides. His best friend Perry is like a brother to him, and Perry’s sister, Liv, is the love of his life. But Perry and Liv’s unpredictable older brother, Vale, is the Blood Lord of the Tides, and he has never looked kindly on Roar and Liv’s union. Normally, Roar couldn’t care less about Vale’s opinion. But with food running low and conditions worsening every day, Vale’s leadership is more vital—and more brutal—than ever. Desperate to protect his tribe, Vale makes a decision that will shatter the life Roar knew and change the fate of the Tides forever.
If you’ve read Under the Never Sky you know who Liv and Roar are. In that book I was really interested in Roar. He had such a great personality. But for some reason the Roar I met in that book seemed different from this Roar. Really that shouldn’t be surprising since he has to go through much and has definitely ‘aged’ a lot in the time since (this is a prequel, in case you didn’t already gather that).
It was great to see how much Roar and Liv loved each other and how much they went through. This wasn’t some happy go lucky book, but it gave us a better idea of how Roar feels and why he feels this way.
I’m glad I read this before I read the next book cause I think I’ll see them all a little differently, even Perry. Because we see Perry through Roar’s eyes we kind of see a different side to him.
I recommend reading this after you read Under the Never Sky even though it is a prequel. Under the Never Sky shows us the world and this short story doesn’t so much, so for that reason I would suggest doing that. Plus I think things will just ‘click’ better in your head.