Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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

Title: Fracture Me 
(Shatter Me #2.5)
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: December 17, 2013

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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.



I love Tahereh Mafi and her amazing Shatter Me series, but Fracture Me was a disappointing novella for me.  Yes, I love Warner; but all teams aside, I really liked Adam, too… or at least I thought I did.  This whole story felt so foreign.  The characters, the writing… I don’t know what went wrong exactly, but something did.  This novella is nothing like the previous one, Destroy Me, which was so engrossing and beautiful that it easily made my favorites list.  The tagline on the cover ("I will not lose her.") is a case of false advertisement. What that one line conveys and what transpires between the pages are two very different things. Adam was so off-putting in this short story; and while it’s very admirable to love and want to protect your younger sibling, where has this sense of duty been until now?  As for the younger sibling James, I can’t wrap my head around why this ten-year-old boy talked and acted as if he were only four.  Does he suffer from PTSD?  The saving grace of this novella was in the sneak peek at the end for Ignite Me. I was immediately thrust back into the lyrical and exquisite writing I had grown to expect from Ms. Mafi. It really put me back on track craving the final installment in the Shatter Me series. As for Fracture Me, I have some opinions I won’t share so as to avoid spoilers and because I want to maintain hope that I am wrong about the reasons behind this novella.  I’m just going to pretend this book didn’t happen and continue to count down the days until Ignite Me.

My Rating: 
Two sad, cranky, unimpressed little stars

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1) Destroy Me (Shatter Me, #1.5) Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2) Fracture Me (Shatter Me, #2.5) Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)


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