March 7, 2014

Review: Fracture Me

Fracture Me
by Tahereh Mafi

Release Date: December 17, 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins
Age Group: Young Adult
Rating: 1 2 3 4 5 

Series: Book 2.5 in the Shatter Me series

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.  

Cover: I find it neat that the lashes are made of feathers, which seem to be a symbol for Adam, a bird that is. The eye looks like it's crying by the dropping of a couple of feathers.

Writing: (2/5) Adam's point of view is very different from Juliette and Warner's because it's coarse and he curses a lot, which I hated. It's very obvious to me that the author is trying to change your feelings for Adam through this and I didn't like that. 

Setting: (2/5) The setting seems to be a very loose backdrop that's not touched on much.

Plot: (1/5) The novella starts from near the end of Unravel Me (chapter Sixty-Three), except from Adam's point of view. This novella is beyond pointless plot-wise, as novellas tend to be. Like Destroy Me, its sole purpose is changing your opinion of the narrator. While Destroy Me was meant to make Warner more sympathetic, Fracture Me's purpose was to make Adam less sympathetic. Also, Destroy Me clearly had more work put into it and is a story in its own right while Fracture Me seems like it was thrown together last minute.

Main Character: (2/5) I don't mind making characters more sympathetic or likable, but I absolutely hate it when a character is deconstructed to be more unlikable. And it's for the sole reason of making Warner seem less wrong and more of an attractive match for Juliette. I don't care who Juliette ends up with because I love Juliette and read the series for her. But if you have to resort to these kinds of methods, I think it's clear who Juliette should be with.

So this novella tells me that Adam would choose James over Juliette. So what? He's a 10-year-old child that he raised. Is that so bad? Juliette loves children too and would admire Adam's love for James. To pit family and love interests into a contest of who you would choose over the other is wrong.

Or is the author trying to say that it's OK if Adam doesn't get Juliette because he still has James?

But what I hate the most is that this battle for Juliette is done through these novellas and so out of Juliette's hands. It doesn't seem to be a battle for who's right for Juliette, it's chosen on who's more attractive to the author. I haven't read Ignite Me yet, but it seems obvious who Juliette will end up with. 

Also, I find it laughable that Adam's actions are kind but his thoughts aren't while Warner's actions are cruel but he means well!? 

Other Characters: (3/5) It was really interesting seeing Juliette from Adam's point of view. I liked seeing how she appeared on the outside to others, especially when she's lost in her head as she tends to be. I also really liked Adam's relationship with Kenji and James. The characters were slightly clouded though because Adam saw them in an unkind light.  

Other Comments: It's obvious that the books after the first were not planned. The two novellas are meant to manipulate you to change your opinions about Adam and Warner. Basically, their purpose is to contradict the events of Shatter Me. If this series was planned, it wouldn't be so disjointed and these novellas would be completely unnecessary. 

Overall: (10/25) This novella was all about deconstructing Adam and making him more of an unattractive match for Juliette and I really didn't appreciate that. 

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