Title: Fracture Me (Shatter Me, #2.5)
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: Harper (Division of HarperCollins), 2013
Genre: YA Dystopian, YA Science Fiction
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It was a short read, so I’m not even going to bother with the age levels or the classroom use. It’s a novella that was even shorter than Warner’s Destroy Me. Probably 60 pages? So I’m just going to post my initial impressions.
I feel this novella does help the reader see from Adam’s perspective…he DOES love Juliette, but we see her from an outside source and can see how broken she really is. We can see Adam’s curiosity with what goes on in her mind, his anger towards Warner’s attention for her, and his anger at her breaking up with him. He’s not just a love blind sheep that’s obsessed with Juliette: in fact, he cares so much about his little brother James that he actually convinces himself not to go look for her once she’s been captured. Warner wouldn’t hurt her, right?
Well, if he loves Juliette and knows that Warner wants her, I would think he would do anything in his power to get her back. At this point, I’m kind of rooting for Warner…at least he would do anything for her. But deep inside we know the bad guy never gets the girl…
I will give this novella ★★★★★ because it is well-written. It’s a good glimpse into Adam’s mind. I would’ve liked to see a little more love from his POV, but I guess it’s more realistic than being infatuated with her. It also could’ve stood to be a little longer. But I’m starting to think Mafi could write the dictionary and make it interesting. To be able to switch from a neurotic girl to a power-hungry villain with a heart to a normal boy that’s a father figure to his little brother is a feat unto itself.
And Mafi makes the transition seamless between stories. The narrators do not sound the same: the characters are all distinctly different from each other. And that in of itself is amazing.
Read it only if you plan to read the Shatter Me series.