Author: Tahereh Mafi
Series: (Shatter Me #2.5)
Published: December 17th 2013 by
Categories: Post Apoclaytic, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Summary: 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.
Review: This novella for me is a revelation. It’s also a foreshadowing. It surprises me both in good and sad way. I’m very much vocal of my adoration towards Warner but I don’t have that much hate on Adam. I liked him just fine. The reason why I don’t prefer him is that he’s sort of bland. He doesn’t have much character and something’s telling me that he wasn’t the right guy for Juliette. Then Destroy Me and Unravel Me came that showed things that support my theory. But Fracture Me, ironically, which was told from Adam’s POV cemented it even more. I never would have guessed how fragile his feelings for Juliette were. I can’t even compare it to how he feels for James. Because if there’s only one person he needs to save, and between his little brother and woman she claimed he loved, I’m pretty sure, he—without a doubt—will save James. Don’t get me wrong, I admired his love for his brother but it just shows that she’s not his priority. He can even abandon her safety as long as the welfare of his brother is secured.
(I think Adam earned some positive merit from me. He loves his brother and they have each other longer than he had Juliette. Of course, it is understandable that he wants his only family safety first. That doesn’t make his love for Juliette any less than what he really had for her. That’s actually the real question here: how much did he love her from the very start?)
He doesn’t have a real inkling on what’s going on her mind. He doesn’t completely understand her and that’s why I think before that their relationship wouldn’t work. But what make it so unbearably sad is what Adam really thought of her—a weakling. I don’t entirely think of his words as insult (although it does sound kinda like it) but to describe a person in such negative context made me question his already questionable intentions. What he thought of her is the EXACT opposite of what Warner thinks of Juliette. He always pushes her forward, to embrace her potential, to make her understand that she is indeed strong. Whereas Adam wanted to baby Juliette, he even thinks that she’s going to weigh them down. I didn’t expect him to feel that way for Juliette, but it is without a shadow of doubt, true.
In fact, I even saw more sincerity on Kenji. He was the one who was hell-bent on saving Juliette. He even blamed himself to what has happened. He’s the one reminding Adam that he should be worried, but no, he wanted to seize the momentarily peace they have and not stifle James safety unnecessarily. Now, tell me why should Juliette end up with Adam? Because I don’t see a single thing that will save his face with this revelation. Not even with the things he did in the first two books.
It’s foreshadowing, that I can tell you. I don’t even need an image of Warner kissing Juliette (although will greatly appreciate) shoved to my face to know that they will be the end game. This novella pretty much solidified that. I have so much to say about their relationship but I’m saving it on my manifesto I’m writing for them (for my Project Sixty-Two entry). But this novella definitely gave me the assurance I need.
The story was bit shorter. It did bridge the gap between book 2 and 3. It wasn’t as personal as Destroy Me, and the one significant thing I learned from Adam is that he loves his brother so much. But also we got to know how things had happened prior to the opening chapter of Ignite Me. And by the looks of it, it promises amazing things to come. Yes, Juliette, remove those gloves, and go all out. I’m ending this review with my favorite quote from Ignite Me:
“If there were even the slightest chance I could spare you this pain,” he finally says, “I would’ve taken it. You must know I wouldn’t have said it if it weren’t absolutely true.” — Warner
I’m so, so ready. I’m impatiently waiting here, and I have the feeling the wait will definitely pay off.
Preview Quote: “And the cruelty of these actions hadn’t really hit me until now. I don’t think I could ever be a part of something like that again.” – Adam