FRACTURE ME (Shatter Me, #2.5)
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: YA Dystopian/Paranormal
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: December 17, 2013
Recommended Reading: 15+
Contains no spoilers
THE GIST: I love this series so much! BUT I struggled with this installment, and it had everything to do with the character himself. I flew through this short novella, as I always do Miss Mafi’s work. Her writing style is always engaging and fast-paced. She always leaves me hanging on for the next part. Fracture Me was a quick insight into Adam’s point of view. While Mafi did a good job writing a different character and his voice was well-defined, I struggled with his likability and for that I was mildly disappointed.
SYNOPSIS: 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.
BREAKDOWN: Fracture Me is a companion novella to the Shatter Me series, and it’s told from Juliette’s love interest Adam’s point of view. It sets the stage for the final novel, Ignite Me, which I still greatly anticipate despite feeling a little “blah” about this novella.
As I said, I LOVE THIS SERIES. So much. Shatter Me was the most unique thing I’d ever read. Destroy Me was also a novella but told from Warner, the antagonist’s point of view. At this point I like that guy better than Adam. While Mafi did a great job with Adam’s voice (expletives included), I found myself upset with him and ready to write him off.
I’ll admit, I had forgotten what happened in the previous book that led to his crappy attitude. Once it was mentioned in the novella, some of it made sense, but I was still disappointed in him. Thus, I was disappointed in the novella, sadly.
Books 1.5 and 2 in this series put me on the fence, and this book pushed me over… I’m officially Team Warner.
FINAL THOUGHTS: Mafi’s work is superb as usual, and I really hope our boy Adam redeems himself in book 3, Ignite Me, but it’ll be tough. Regardless of that, this is a great series and of course I’ll dive whole-heartedly into the final novel upon its release.