Can Love Be Selfish? (A Review of the novella, “Fracture Me” by Tahereh Mafi)

Posted: February 4, 2015 in Book Review

Goodreads.com Description: “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.”

My Thoughts:

This novella picks up around chapter sixty-three from Unravel Me. We learn about the events surrounding the battle between The Reestablishment and Omega Point from Adam’s point of view.

I love how Tahereh Mafi reveals her characters through layers. This novella doesn’t disappoint. It’s not the same reveal that we got with Destroy Me. You’re not going to walk away with a total understanding of Adam Kent. You will understand why he’s not a totally likable person.

In Fracture Me readers learn about Adam the big brother. You’ll love his admiration for James. Mafi describes his pain in great detail when Adam thinks he’s lost him. Be sure to read carefully. Adam reveals something very important about his relationships with James and with Juliette. If I had read too quickly, I would have missed it.

Mafi reveals just how badly Juliette hurt Adam when she broke up with him. You feel sorry for Adam for a minute. But, then, you want to tell him to grow up. He’s on the fence about her and won’t fess up.

At the end of this novella you learn that Kenji, Adam’s friend, is more concerned about Juliette. Adam loves her, but, his love is suspect. I never got the feeling that he would sacrifice his life for the girl he loves.

I found this an interesting novella. At first, I thought it was a waste of time since it rehashed a lot from Unravel Me. But, it reveals a lot about Adam and how he feels about Juliette. You’ll need to read carefully to find that detail. Once you find it, you just might jump ship and start pulling for Warner or even Kenji.

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