I feel like it’s impossible to talk about these books without discussing the whole series, so I’ve done quick thoughts for each individual books, plus a spoiler-free semi-series review with my review of Book 4 and a spoiler-filled discussion with this review. I also did the same for Books 1-3.
Quick Thoughts on Book 6
The characters were pretty good. The author wrote some good characters, they were well-developed and complex, and I appreciated that. Some of them, at least. But there wasn’t anything I particularly liked about Book 6. I didn’t hate it, but I was still frustrated by the weird turn the story took after Book 3.
My thoughts on the audiobook can be found in my review of Book 4.
*SPOILER* Discussion of Books 4-6
These books also addressed how weird it was for Juliette to decide she could be the leader of a country, despite having no experience, another thing I mentioned previously. Except, throughout Book 4, she was still doing it, and being incredibly frustrating to read about. She kept refusing help, making bad decisions, and getting distracted by sexy times with her new boyfriend. I was constantly thinking to myself, “This is why you don’t have a 17-year-old lead a country.”
Also, why didn’t anyone kill Andersen??? He had healing powers, so you’d have to do a bit more to kill him, but he wasn’t invincible. They kept passing up opportunities to kill him and instead just stabbed him or shot him once and then let him heal. Cut off his head! Shoot so many bullets into his heart that it turns to pulp! Thank goodness for Kenji, he was the only one with enough sense to finally shoot him full of bullets. But they could’ve been rid of him a lot sooner.
What I liked about these books though was 1) the weird, sorta friendship that grew between Warner and Kenji (especially when Warner was high on too many pills), 2) Warner’s slowly growing relationship with Adam and James, and 3) Kenji and Nazeera’s romance. Unfortunately, we barely got any scenes about Warner and Adam or Warner and James. I really wanted more of that.
I feel like there were a lot of things that could’ve been explored more in-depth had these books not gone so far in the strange direction it did. Book 3 was so good with the complex emotions and relationships. I really wanted Books 4-6 to continue with that. To further explore all the relationships that were forming and changing, the character growth that was happening, and the struggles, while the rebels worked on taking down the Re-establishment and ruling over North America. In the end, they did take down the Re-establishment, but I feel like I somehow got further away from the characters (except for Kenji), and we don’t even know what’s happening with the rest of the world or who’s leading or if everything is just chaos.
Overall, though they weren’t terrible, Books 4-6 were a disappointment that felt like a different series to me.
Fans of Books 1-5 in Tahereh Mafi's Shatter Me series. Anyone who likes YA, dystopia, romance, superhuman abilities, dramatic writing, and twisty revelations.