“Destroy Me” by Tahereh Mafi
5 out of 5 stars.
“Destroy Me” came out quite a while ago, so you are probably wondering why I haven’t read this novella yet if I loved the other two books so much. Well, it is because I was afraid. I was afraid that I wouldn’t like what I would find out about my wonderful, amazing Warner. I was afraid that I would find some dark secret that would turn me off, and make me stop loving Warner and Tahereh. But thank God for my sister, ’cause she bought “Destroy Me” and she let me read it, and I was wrong, sooooooo wrong.
“Destroy Me” takes place RIGHT after Warner was shot in “Shatter Me”. And it is. FROM. WARNER’S. PERSPECTIVE. Mind blown already!!!!!! This novella allows you a glimpse into what goes on inside that gorgeously wicked head of Warner’s, and I was amazed by what I found out therein; it was sad but really good, too. I liked Warner in “Shatter Me” and I LOVED him in “Unravel Me”, but it was even more fantastic to see what he was thinking from his own perspective in “Destroy Me”.
Warner would be best described as broken goods (and, oh, is he gggoooooodddd). All his life, Warner has been tormented and broken over and over again at the hands of his own father. Warner’s father is pure evil, and to survive it, he had to learn how to build walls. No literally, he builds walls. Not in the world but inside his head.
Tahereh Mafi did such an amazing job of writing the psychology of a boy who has only known how to be a man. Someone who has been tormented, never loved, and was built and raised to use his hands for destruction and evil instead of the good they were mean to do. Someone who had such a big, feeling heart that it withered into black under the sick and unrelenting evil of his father; Warner was never shown love, kindness, or mercy. Not by his family. Not by anyone. And that is why he is the way he is, and so Warner builds white walls to contain his feelings and hide the chaos that bloom inside of him; he hates the chaos, and he hates to feel. But he does, he feels so much more than he lets on.
Warner is the kind of person who most of us wouldn’t understand. But Tahereh has such a wonderful way with words that you begin to feel like you do understand this broken boy, and you want him to heal, you want him to learn how to be whole. It is mind boggling how this young author is able to give us readers that, and so much more in such a small e-book. She made me want to give him a big old hug, and then give her a hug for writing this novella, “Shatter Me” and “Unravel Me”.
There is also so much more than meets the eye with Warner beyond the whole brokenness thing; Juliette could only see so much from where she stood, and I am so glad Tahereh Mafi gave us readers such a good novella from an amazing character’s perspective. There are just too many heartbreaking/warming moments in it to say it’s just okay; no, this novella is awesome. Warner is such a dynamic character that it is hard to put him into words, but Tahereh did it beautifully, and I discovered so many things about him and the way he thinks (there are a couple of things in “Shatter Me” that are solved in this book, and Warner did something good but it totally backfired on him!!), but questions were also raised and I have a feeling “Ignite Me” is going to answer them. There’s an elephant in the room and I NEED to know what it is! I really hope Warner doesn’t destroy me in the last book; I don’t think he could, but I’m still scared.
“Destroy Me” is the most fantastic novella, and it gives a ton insight into Warner as well as The Reestablishment. If you are a Warner fan, you will LOVE this story, and even if you are not, I still recommend it. It was beautiful!!!