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Fracture Me

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4/5 (128 ratings)
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82 pages
59 minutes
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Released:
Dec 17, 2013
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9780062284839
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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 MeFracture Me is told from Adam's perspective. As the Omega Point rebels prepare to fight the Sector 45 soldiers, Adam's more focused on the safety of Juliette, Kenji, and his brother. The Reestablishment will do anything to crush the resistance . . . including killing everyone Adam cares about.

Fracture Me sets the stage for Ignite Me, the explosive third installment 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.

Don’t miss Defy Me, the shocking fifth book in the Shatter Me series!

Publisher:
Released:
Dec 17, 2013
ISBN:
9780062284839
Format:
Book

About the author

Tahereh Mafi is the New York Times bestselling author of the Shatter Me series which has been published in over 30 languages around the world. She was born in a small city somewhere in Connecticut and currently resides in Santa Monica, California, with her husband, Ransom Riggs, fellow bestselling author of Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, and their young daughter. She can usually be found overcaffeinated and stuck in a book.

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ONE

"Addie? Addie, wake up. Addie—"

I roll over with a groan and stretch, rubbing both eyes with the heel of my hand. It’s too early for this shit.

Addie—

Still half asleep, I grab James by the collar and yank him down, shoving his head under the blanket. He shouts and I laugh, wrapping him up in the sheets until he can’t get out.

Stooooop iiiiiiit, he whines, little fists pounding against the sheets. Addie, let me out—

Hey—how many times have I told you to stop calling me that?

James tries to punch me through the blanket. I pick him up and flip him over in my arms and he screams, his legs kicking wildly.

You’re so mean, he cries, wriggling around in my grip. If Kenji were here, he would never let y—

At that, I freeze, and James can feel it. He goes quiet in my arms, and I let him go. He untangles himself from my sheets, and we stare at each other.

James blinks. His bottom lip trembles and he bites down on it. Do you know if he’s okay?

I shake my head.

Kenji is still in the medical wing. No one knows for sure what happened yet, but people have been talking. Whispering.

I look toward the wall. James is still speaking, but I’m too distracted to pay attention.

It’s hard for me to believe Juliette could hurt anyone like that.

Everyone says he’s gone, James is saying now.

This, I catch.

What? I turn back, alarmed. How?

James shrugs. I don’t know. They said he broke out of his room.

What are you talking about? How could he break out of his room—?

James shrugs again. I don’t think he wanted to be here anymore.

But—what? I screw up my face, confused. Does that mean he’s feeling better? Did someone tell you he was feeling better?

James frowns. Did you want him to feel better? I thought you didn’t like him.

I sigh. Run a hand through the back of my hair. Of course I like him. I know we don’t always get along, but it’s really close quarters in here, and he’s always got so many damn opinions—

James shoots me a strange look. So . . . you don’t want to kill him? You’re always saying you want to kill him.

I’m not serious when I say stuff like that. I try not to roll my eyes. He and I have been friends for a long time. I’m actually worried about him.

Okay, James says carefully. You’re weird, Addie.

I can’t help but laugh a little. Why am I weird? And hey, stop calling me Addie—you know how much I hate that—

Yeah, and I still don’t know why. He cuts me off. Mom always used to call you Addie—

Well Mom’s dead, isn’t she? My voice has gone hard. My hands are clenched. And when I see the look on James’s face, I’m instantly sorry for being so harsh. I release my fists. Take a deep breath.

James swallows hard. Sorry, he says quietly.

I nod, look away. Yeah. Me too. I pull a shirt on over my head. So Kenji’s gone then, huh? I can’t believe he’d just leave like that.

Why would Kenji be gone? James asks. I thought you said you didn’t even know if he w—

"But I thought you said—"

We stop. Stare at each other.

James is the first to speak. "I said Warner is gone. Everyone is saying he escaped last night."

Just the sound of his name and I’m already pissed off. Stay here, I say, pointing at James and grabbing my boots.

But—

Don’t move until I get back! I shout before bolting out the door.

That bastard. I can’t believe this.

I’m pounding on Castle’s door when Ian spots me on his way down the hall.

He’s not in there, Ian says, still walking.

I catch his arm. Is it true? Did Warner really get out?

Ian sighs. Shoves his hands into his pockets. Finally, he nods.

I want to put my fist through the wall.

I gotta go suit up, Ian says, breaking away. And you should, too. We’re heading out after breakfast.

Are you serious? I say. We’re still heading out to fight—even with all this shit going on?

Of course we are, Ian snaps at me. You know we can’t wait any longer. The supreme isn’t going to reschedule his plans to launch an attack on the civilians. It’s too late to back out now.

But what about Warner? I demand. We’re not going to try and find him?

Maybe. Ian shrugs. See if you can find him on the battlefield.

Jesus. I’m so filled

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  • (3/5)
    Since I had literally just finished the second book, it was a little boring that the first few chapters we're word for word the same scenes we had before, only from a different POV (and not a totally insightful one either because I think we all know how he is feeling at those points). But, it made me excited to see what happens next!
  • (5/5)
    I ship Warner and really HATE Adam!! I'm afraid to read the third book. Though I feel that she will finally end up with Warner.

    Warner was right; no one fights like this... those people don't seem to be professional fighters, they seem like an unorganized group of rebels.
  • (2/5)
    I hate to say it, but this novella made me really dislike Adam. He keeps saying that Juliette isn't built for war and she should have just stayed back at Omega Point. He even blames her (sort of) for his own inaction at one point. Bleh.I like his devotion to James. That's about the only redeeming quality of Adam in this novella.And once Juliette is captured, he assumes (wrongly, it turns out) that it is Warner who captured her. And even though he and Kenji just said ten pages ago that Warner is, in essence, a sociopath and monster, Adam was all "lol it's okay Warner won't hurt Juliette so she can just stay with him for a while." Uhh...what? Even Kenji gets on his ass and calls Adam out, asking him why he isn't more gung-ho to save Juliette from (presumably) Warner's grasp if Adam truly loves Juliette. Kenji practically has to bully him into trying to find out where Juliette is being held so they can break her out. And then Adam is all nervous because he's going to have to leave the relative safety of his old house to help break Juliette out of prison. He says that he loves Juliette, but he sure doesn't act like he does. I'm also getting a vibe that he might like Alia, another girl from Omega Point, in the future.
  • (2/5)
    I wanted to read Fracture Me because I have loved the Shatter Me trilogy, and even though I didn't used to normally read many novellas, when I read Destroy Me, Warner's story, it completely blew me away. It offered a new perspective on him, and while I couldn't help but hate the things he did, I could completely understand where he was coming from. But I don't really feel like this gave me any of those feels. Sure, I got to see how protective he was over James and a bit of the relationship that I wouldn't have seen otherwise. But. And that is a big but. I don't really feel like I got many other good insights into Adam. Or that it really added much to the series besides another beautiful cover to look at. I loved Adam from Juliette's point of view and thought that ultimately they should be together, and I am unsure if this was supposed to start to shift my loyalties which honestly, were wavering on reading book 1.5 and 2. But this kinda made me doubt what his feelings were, because he didn't really seem to have much faith in her or think of her as strong or a priority. I really wanted to love this one, but unfortunately it didn't deliver for me. Bottom Line: Disappointing, didn't give me much on Adam or add to series.
  • (3/5)
    Just because a girl you love broke up with you doesn't mean you shouldn't worry about her anymore. Where is love in that? Maybe I'm pretty biased because I belong to Team Warner but Adam is just not doing anything for me. He is sort of bland and boring. Boo. Going to read Ignite Me soon.
  • (3/5)
    Going to keep it short... I don't think I like Adam all that much anymore.. I mean I get that you can't choose between your little brother and her but I feel like he wouldn't make it seem like a choice. It should be a no brainer to save them both. I just wasn't happy with him.
  • (4/5)
    This book made me dislike Adam more than I already did. He doesn't let Juliette grow as a person and always thinks that she needs him or she won't survive. She is way better off without him, he won't let her grow into the strong women she is if she stays with him. So if the authors goal was to get readers to not like Adam, mission successful
  • (5/5)
    I love this book, it gave a good back ground to Adam side of the story fast read I really recommend, \ my only complaint is that it Adam seem really condescending to Juliet, and made her into some weak little girl so yeah that sucks. Read SHATTER ME!!!??
  • (3/5)
    If I'm being completely honest here, I didn't expect much from this novella since it was from Adam's POV, and I wasn't going to read it at all but I'm glad I did
    Although Adam is nowhere near the list of my favorite people, I actually respect him for the pains he was ready to go through in order to save his brother
    That, is the only good thing I have to say about him

    Other than that he was simply being an ass to everyone throughout the whole thing
    At the end of Unravel Me I actually believed him when he said he knew it wasn't Juliette who hurt Kenji, but reading his thoughts made me realise how much of a liar he truly is
    He literally said She could've killed Kenji. I'm still not sure she hasn't
    Yet he stood there lying through his teeth telling her how He believed she didn't do it
    Like, bruuuuh!!! One doesn't just do that! Bloody hell you should've kept your mouth shut rather than lying to her face!
    Yet somehow in his twisted mind, he still thinks he loves her, Well let me tell you this Mr. Kent:
    You CANNOT choose which part of her to love and which part to ignore!
    IF YOU WANNA BE WITH HER YOU GOTTA ACCEPT EVERYTHING ABOUT HER AND NOT TRY TO LET HER BE THE BROKEN GIRL YOU "LOVED" ONCE UPON A TIME FOREVER
    That's simply NOT how it works!
  • (5/5)
    I love this series and getting the different point of views!!
  • (5/5)
    Be sure to read both novellas in chronological order in the series, which, incidentally, is the order in which they were published. They are essential to character development.
  • (1/5)
    I usually skip on writing reviews for short stories because I tend to think of them as nothing more than filler to tide us readers over till the next installment. But I’m making an exception. Because this short story pissed me off.Fracture Me is told from the POV of Adam and tells his part of the story that we don’t see at the end of Unravel Me. Adam is still upset about losing Juliette, he’s concerned about what happened to Kenji and he’s worried about leaving his little brother James. All understandable things to be concerned about.My issue with this short story is it presented Adam in a completely different light than what we’ve come to expect. Adam was crazy with feelings for Juliette. Remember?"It’s been me and you against the world forever,” he says.”It’s always been that way. It’s my fault I took so long to do something about it." There’s even the tagline on the cover! “I WILL NOT LOSE HER.” But in Fracture Me, he’s completely changed his tune. And he’s become a bit of a dick. The scene where Adam, Juliette and Kenji are on the battlefield is when his supposed true colors towards Juliette show.‘The smart thing to do would be to hide her somewhere. Keep her safe. Out of danger. A weak link can bring everything down with it, and I don’t think this is the time to be taking chances.’ ‘Kenji and Castle are always blowing smoke up her ass when they shouldn’t, and honestly? It’s dangerous. It’s not good to make her think she can do this kind of thing when really, it’ll probably get her killed.’ And this is where I get pissed because this is not how his character has been written in the previous two novels and is not what I think anyone would have expected from him at this point. Sure, I get it, this is the first we’re truly seeing things from his POV so there’s always the possibility that we read him wrong. But that’s not it. The issue here is, it all feels like one giant cop-out to solidify the ongoing issue the love triangle caused because clearly she’s gotta pick one. So let’s solve that by turning one of the guys into a total prick who thinks so highly of Juliette. Problem solved. We now have a clear winner.
  • (4/5)

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    This novella that follows "Shatter Me" gives us a great deal more insight into the evil Warner, son of the supreme commander of The Reestablishment regime. While he is clearly the antagonist in "Shatter Me," this time around the block we get to see the forces that have molded him into the man-shaped creature that he is now.While it is easier to see why he behaves as he does it still does not excuse his behavior, nor his lack of backbone. By this point in his life he should at least be able to stand up to his own father, or better yet take advantage of their relationship and rid the world of such a horrible beast. That seems like it would be the ideal solution since Warner seems to have a fairly large suicidal streak running through himself, and he knows there is no way he could kill his father without being killed himself.The way Warner relates to Juliette through her notebook that got left behind is sad and rather pathetic. He invades Juliette's private thoughts by reading and rereading her journal until he can almost recite it verbatim and decides that they are too much alike one another to be apart. He feels that they are soul-mates, and that since he understands her so well, she too must understand him. Or would if given the time according to the few semi-rational brain cells he still has firing.That his physical disability, caused by Juliette, eases the way for his mental breakdown is somehow poetic justice. As his body heals his obsession with her spirals farther out of control, causing cracks in the facade holding all his fractured pieces together. As he frantically searches to find before his father locates her and destroys her, Juliette and Adam are settling in to the Omega Point. Their precipitous flight from the military base caused some problems, particularly when Kenji showed up at their door, leading Warner et al. directly to the home Adam had so painstakingly created for his ten-year old brother James. Kenji leads them to the safety if Omega Point, yet it still feels a bit like a betrayal to Adam, having to walk away from the safe environment he took such pains to builds for James.Kenji, Adam, and Juliette settle in at Omega, but Juliette struggles with being apart from Adam since there is a men's wing and a women's wing, with no middle ground. Add to this only seeing Adam for a few moments each day and Juliette is beginning to fray around the edges. On top of that is the way she is treated in Omega, with parents pulling their children away from Juliette, people moving to the far side of the corridor when she walks by, and the less than friendly glances she get. So it should be no surprise that she is struggling, yet Castle puts the blame on Juliette's shoulders, saying she isn't actively trying to be one a part of their community.Between the revelations of just how unstable Warner is when it comes to Juliette, and the trio's escape from Warner's clutches at the military compound, this made for a fascinating read. Shorter than Books One & Two of the Trilogy, it offers very interesting insight into a complex character that plays a pivotal role in the series. Easily worth the brief time it takes to read, and well worth it for the light it sheds on some of Warner's motivation. This book is actually part of the trilogy in my opinion, even if not considered a trilogy book, in large part because much of what takes place here is referenced in "Unravel Me."

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  • (4/5)
    I did not expect to enjoy this novella, but was desperate for more Mafi. I definitely did not expect to feel so much sympathy for Warner, this novella sets up some interesting conflict for book 2.
  • (3/5)
    I'm not sure what this new trend of "e-originals" is all about...it's kind of annoying (it it just about the money? It must be otherwise they would all be free instead of $2). I mean, Lauren Oliver seems to have one every couple of weeks and Marissa Meyer has quite a few, too.Anyway, even though they annoy me, I feel the need to read them. It's not like they add a lot to the story...I mean, when only the first book has been published, is there really much that can be added?In the case of this one, we get to see a little into the crazed mind of Warner. Do I feel bad for him that his father is a tyrant that liked to abuse him? Yes. Do I understand that he and Juliette have some things in common? Yes.But was this "e-original" necessary to tell me those things? No.I should have just waited for the next book...
  • (4/5)
    Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.Quick & Dirty: An emotional journey and wonderful bridge between Shatter Me and Unravel Me that tells Warner’s side of the story. Do not read if you have not read Shatter Me.Opening Sentence: I’ve been shot.The Review:Destroy Me is a short story (novella) that takes place between Shatter Me and Unravel Me. Unlike the main series, Destroy Me follows Warner and delves deep into his intimate thoughts and feelings. If you haven’t read Shatter Me, you may not want to read this review for it starts off with a *spoiler*. This novella starts right after Warner has been shot by Juliet. His feelings have truly been hurt by Juliet’s betrayal but no matter what he can’t find it in himself to hate her. Warner’s father, the supreme commander of the Reestablishment, has heard of Warner’s troubles and takes charge of Warner’s sector. Warner finds himself trying to be the same tough guy on the outside while inside he is melting for Juliet, while hiding his thoughts from his father.In Shatter Me, Warner seems like the kind of bad guy that seems quite deranged and cruel. As much as I was hoping there was some good in him, there was something not quite right about him and I couldn’t wait for Warner to get what was coming to him. Destroy Me completely shattered my vision of him.The short story accomplished such a major thing as to change my mind about Warner. I like Adam but….I think I’m beginning to like Warner more. I definitely pity Warner more. He is in such a perilous predicament, as the son of the leader of the Reestablishment, he has to live up to his father’s expectations and his harsh rules. As a leader, Warner has to make sure his tough exterior is always showing, he can’t put up with anyone’s “stuff”, because if he shows weakness (like being shot) his soldiers would rather see him dead. Warner does seem to have some good in him but how will this continue to affect him. I did find that Warner was a little too obsessed with Juliet (but really, who hasn’t had some kind of crazy crush like that on someone at one time in their lives?).I recommend reading Destroy Me only if you have read Shatter Me first. Your thoughts on Warner will be altered, if you already liked him, I think you will like him more, if you hated him, I think that could change. Unravel Me will be read with a whole new outlook towards Warner and his motives.Notable Scene:I lock my bedroom door behind me and lean against it. I need just a moment. I reach for the bottle I left on my nightstand and shake out two of the square pills; I toss them into my mouth, closing my eyes as they dissolve. The darkness behind my eyelids is a welcome relief.Until the memory of her face forces itself into my consciousness.I sit down on my bed and drop my head into my hand. I shouldn’t be thinking about her right now. I have hours of paperwork to sort through and the additional stress of my father’s presence to contend with. Dinner with him should be a spectacle. A soul-crushing spectacle.I squeeze my eyes shut tighter and make a weak effort to build the walls that would surely clear my mind. But this time, they don’t work. Her face keeps cropping up, her journal taunting me from its place in my pocket. And I begin to realize that some small part of me doesn’t want to wish away the thoughts of her. Some part of me enjoys the torture.This girl is destroying me.A girl who spent the last year in an insane asylum. A girl who would try to shoot me dead for kissing her. A girl who ran off with another man just to get away from me.Of course this is the girl I would fall for.I close a hand over my mouth.I am losing my mind.FTC Advisory: I purchased my own copy of Destroy Me. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
  • (5/5)
    When Tahereh Mafi claimed that this book would make readers love Warren, I thought she was full of shit. Seriously. I mean I love Mafi. She's one of my favorite authors and wrote one of my all-time favorite books, but I just couldn't believe that I could possibly love Warren. I literally despised him in Shatter Me. I thought he was one twisted mofo. So imagine my surprise when I actually started to feel bad for the guy. Destroy Me allowed me to get inside Warren's head and see why he's so creepy and awful. It surprised me that I was actually able to relate to him. Turns out he's not as bad as he seems. I know it's hard to believe, but it's true. There was a part at the end that just stole my heart. I'm still not team Warren, mind you, but if Adam does something jerky, then I will be. The plot obviously deals with Warren trying to find Juliette, and it's intense in a different way than most books. Basically it's like watching a train wreck and not being able to turn away. Warren's mind seems to be breaking, and it was a bit disconcerting to witness it firsthand. Mafi, of course, did a terrific job of putting the reader inside of Warren's head, and he has his own very unique voice. Now that I've read Destroy Me, I extra, super can't wait until Unravel Me is out. Well done, Tahereh.
  • (2/5)
    Perfect for the fans of Shatter Me who are desperately awaiting the release of Unravel Me, this novella-length digital original will bridge the gap between these two novels from the perspective of the villain we all love to hate, Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.In Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me, Juliette escaped from The Reestablishment by seducing Warner—and then putting a bullet in his shoulder. But as she’ll learn in Destroy Me, Warner is not that easy to get rid of. . .Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector. Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape. But when Warner’s father, The Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow.Set after Shatter Me and before its forthcoming sequel, Unravel Me, Destroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.ebook, 103 pagesPublished October 2nd 2012 by HarperISBN0062208195 (ISBN13: 9780062208194)edition languageEnglishoriginal titleDestroy MeseriesShatter Me #1.5charactersWarner
  • (5/5)
    Warner is one of the most fascinating villains of all time. The entire time he was torturing Juliette in Shatter Me, it was clear that he was intrigued by her and even loved her in his own, twisted way. Destroy Me provides an excellent look inside of Warner’s mind and we find out some surprising things that makes him seem more human and less hateful.Warner and Juliette have a lot in common, and if Warner opened up to Juliette, maybe they could form a type of friendship. Juliette is too broken to be around Warner if he is going to manipulate her into using her abilities to hurt people. She’s a good person at heart and she needs to stop feeling like a monster.Learning more about Warner’s childhood and finding out that he is not quite as merciless as he seems made Destroy Me an utter delight. Warner is a very complex character and discovering what made him into the psycho he is was absolutely fascinating. I am so glad we got a deeper look into Warner’s head and I can’t wait to read more about him in the rest of the series.