Mini-Read Review: Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi

MinireadreviewMini-Read Review is a feature created here on In Libris Veritas in order to showcase the reviews for short stories and novellas which so often get over looked. Today I have Fracture Me.

Fracture MeSource: Gifted by Francine @ Always Lost in a Book
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Shatter Me #2.5
Edition: eBook, 68 Pages
Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi Dystopian
Purchase:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository*
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating: 3/5

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.

Tahereh Mafi’s series is one of the few that I follow avidly, and one of the only ones that I actively read the novellas. I really love her writing style and the characters that she has created, however Adam is the one character I don’t care much for…so Fracture Me, while interesting and good, wasn’t really the story I craved.

As the summary says this tidbit of a story is told from Adam’s prospective. It goes over the end portion of Unravel Me and a little bit in between. It’s a setup between books two and three, but I didn’t find it to be all that necessary. Unlike Destroy Me it didn’t make me like the character more, if anything I like him less, and it didn’t really bring too much to the table that I didn’t already know. Adam is the safer side of the love triangle, he’s steady and has a good head on his shoulders…and to me he’s a bit boring. FM delves a bit deeper into his connection with his little brother and even sheds some light on his mental state after the events of Unravel Me. When I read the actual novels I find Juliet to be interesting, unexpectedly strong, naive, and slightly broken, and what I do really love about the novellas is how it shows what she ‘looks’ like to other people. Warner is fascinated and finds some sort of kindred spirit type bond that he’s very reluctant to get rid of. He sees them as being similar, and I like that he doesn’t necessarily want to protect her because he knows she’s capable. But Adam…well he’s POV makes her look tiny, breakable and wild. Part of me really hated the way he looked at her and part of me really understood it.

I did really like seeing just how he’s having to juggle Juliet and his life, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how some of the changes will affect the story in Ignite Me.

3 star

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5 Responses to Mini-Read Review: Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi

  1. I love this series! I have seen a few people say the same things about liking Adam a little less, I think I am going to pass on this one. I am already on the fence with his character. I can’t for the next book. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

  2. cfiel25 says:

    I hope I didn’t spoil myself by reading this review. But I am not that worried since my heart belongs to Warner. I could still choose to skip this one after reading Unravel Me. I agree with you about Adam. Even if have only read books 1 and 1.5, I really find him less interesting. But maybe that’s because, he was presented to us as this very good character and there’s very little room for him to improve.

    At some point, he is interesting but again, he’s just too good to be true.

    • Oh no, I hope it didn’t spoil it for you! You might be right, he’s pretty high up on the moral scale compared to Warner. I do see why so many people like Adam though, he’s safe and he tries to put others before himself. He’s not a bad character at all, I just find him stale.

  3. Huh. It seems not a lot of people are loving this one. Adam kinda lost me after Unravel Me. I mean Destroy Me made me like Warner, but after Unravel Me, Team Warner all the way. I started to dislike Adam. I feel like if I read this, I’ll dislike him more. I do like the series though so I’ll check this one out soon enough.

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