I decided to start a re-read of this series, especially since Imagine Me released a little over a month ago. I went back to the review I posted on Goodreads, thinking it would refresh my memory. Well, it definitely didn’t! And I didn’t even post a review on my blog so…
If you haven’t read the previous books, this review may contain spoilers.
Content warnings: anxiety, panic attacks
Title: Restore Me (Shatter Me #4)
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Release date: March 18, 2018
Genre: Young adult, dystopian, romance
Length: 435 pages (hardcover)
Synopsis: (via Goodreads) “Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she’s still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she’s got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?”
I’ve lowered my initial rating from a 5 star to a 4 star. I think I gave into the hype of having a brand new novel in the Shatter Me universe and returning to the world that I didn’t necessarily think about my initial problems with this as well. And considering I didn’t even leave a proper review the first time around… Well, here goes.
I had two main struggles with this book. Juliette is not fit to be Supreme Commander, and I’m trying to figure out how people just casually let her be. Okay, maybe not “casually” but she takes on the role and what? She assumes there are no responsibilities. To be honest, Juliette comes off as a bit of an airhead in the beginning. Why doesn’t she ask questions? Why are everyone fools around her, claiming they’re trying to protect her? Don’t they see it’s doing more harm than good? Even when Juliette goes a bit of a 180, I’m not sure she necessarily embraces being a Supreme Commander but rather just embracing her powers. She’s tired of being used and left in the dark. Yay to her for realizing that. I really think Juliette is a character who needs someone holding her hand through this initial phase but no one seems to do it.
The second thing is that I forgot how this book also reads a bit like a soap opera. There’s so much drama, more than or just as much as any YA contemporary that sometimes you forget there’s a bigger world out there, which is something we’ve skimmed in this book. Of course my initial problem with the first three books was lack of outside world building. I am glad we finally get that here and I know we get more in the fifth book.
What I do enjoy about this book as well is that everything really gets turned on its head. After the crazy, WILD ending, I wonder how the other Supreme Commanders are going to respond.
I’m always intrigued to read from Warner’s POV, and his chapters were enjoyable. We dive deeper into what his life was like as a child and how overall horrible his father was.
My original sentiment of “Everything I know is a lie” still stands though. 😜