December 19, 2013

Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi (Mini-Review)

Title: Fracture Me (Shatter Me #2.5)
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publish Date: December 17, 2013
Genre: Dystopian, Young Adult, Fantasy, Novella
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

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.

It's been a couple months since I've read Unravel Me, and nearly a year since I've read Shatter Me. Still, it was pretty easy to pick up on what was going on. I also read a recap of the first two books on Recaptains, a book blog that purposefully spoils books and gives you a short summary of what went on. It's nice for people like me who don't necessarily want to reread books before they read a sequel or a short novella like this.

I have to say, I've always been Team Adam. After this novella, I still am, if not more so. Here are a few highlights I loved:
  • The array of characters. There are so many characters in these books, but somehow it's not overwhelming. And even though most of them are supporting characters, they each have a few character traits that are admirable and stay the same throughout, making them easy to tell apart and quite individualistic.
  • Dialogue. There was a lot of dialogue in Fracture Me, which is both a good and bad thing. It was mostly a good thing, though, because it kept us entertained and it was both witty and smooth, making the story and characters seem quite real.
  • Poetic writing style. I can never get over how perfect Tahereh Mafi's writing style is. It's poetic and beautiful, and so unique. 
My only issue with the novella:
  • Not enough description. Mafi spent so much time on the dialogue that I was aching for descriptions. It needed more of a balance. I'm thinking she spent so much time on dialogue mainly because there was so much information she wanted to present in a short period of time, but I still would have liked to see more description.

Overall, I loved this short novella and can't wait for the release of Ignite Me next year!


  1. I JUST got out Shatter Me from the library! I know, I'm pretty late. >_< But I'm pretty excited for it, and I had no idea it had a novella too. Awesome. Adding to TBR...

  2. What did you think about Adam's point of view?