Restore Me (Shatter Me #4) by Tahereh Mafi
Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she’s still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she’s got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?
That’s not how it ends! How can that be how it ends! Gaahhhh. I waited so long. I re-read the first three books. And finally I get my hands on this book, devour it in all its deliciousness, and this is how it ends. How could you do this to us Tahereh Mafi? How???
Okay, deep breath. I literally just finished the book as I’m writing this review. I need to try to process my thoughts.
The majority of this book was actually quite slow moving and I didn’t read it as fast as I was expecting to. But then, the last hundred or so pages just flew by. And then page 411 came and OMG could she be more badass?! Even though it was slow moving, it was still captivating and I still loved it. I didn’t love the struggles in Warner and Juliette’s relationship, however. Come on, does that really have to happen? Can’t they just be happy with little to no conflict? I suppose not. Not if we want romantic tension and something to root for I guess. Sigh…
I was surprised when I began reading this book that it is actually told in alternating points of view between Juliette and Warner. I’m not sure how I feel about this. I don’t know why authors keep doing this – it seems to be common as of late for authors to decide to throw in an alternating perspective in a book partway through the series. In some cases it makes sense, like the third book in Wendy Higgins’s Unknown series, Undone. In that book, the characters were separated, so the only way to know what was happening on both sides was to add another perspective. In this book, however, I just didn’t feel it was necessary. I rather liked reading just from Juliette’s point of view. Now, I liked reading from Warner’s point of view in his mid-series novella, Destroy Me, but reading from his point of view for half of the book – I wasn’t a fan, actually. It actually ruined his character just slightly for me because I felt like he was too emotional and not the hardass Warner we have come to love, whereas Destroy Me was just enough to learn about his softer side so that we were able to get to a place of loving him along with Juliette instead of just seeing him as a heartless asshole. Lol.
I love the new revelations about Juliette’s past. I can’t wait for the next book to find out more. Because after that ending – whooo we’re going to find stuff out!
Best Aspects: Characters/Creativity/Writing
Worst Aspect: Captivity