I feel like it’s impossible to talk about these books without discussing the larger context of the whole series, so I’m doing quick thoughts for each individual book, but I have a spoiler-free semi-series review in my review of Book 1 and I’m gonna do a spoiler-ful discussion in my review of Book 3. Then I’ll do the same for Books 4-6.
Quick Thoughts on Book 2
The first time I read these, I liked this book a lot more than the first because of how much more intensity and emotion it had. I also found Warner even more interesting and intriguing, especially since I hadn’t read his novella yet.
The second time, I found the drama to be more frustrating than emotional. Juliette I could understand, because of her life and how overwhelming the whole situation was, but it was Adam and Warner too! All of them! With their crying and their outbursts and their secrets and their tempers and their feelings and their “I’m so terrible, I’ll never be good, it’s too hard” speeches, even though they had more important things they needed to be focusing on. It wasn’t unrealistic, but it was frustrating nonetheless. I probably would’ve eaten it up with a spoon when I was a teenager though, and I recognize that this is a book for teens.
I liked Kenji though! He was fun. And this book did up the emotional intensity and character development, as well as give us some twists and revelations, making it more enjoyable.
My thoughts on the audiobook can be found in my review of Book 1.
*I’ve read this book multiple times. This review was written after my 2nd read.*
*Rating: 4 Stars // 1st Read Date: 2016 // Format: Ebook*
*Rating: 3.5 Stars // 2nd Read Date: 2020 // Format: Audiobook*
Fans of Book 1 in Tahereh Mafi's Shatter Me series. Anyone who likes YA, dystopia, romance, superhuman abilities, dramatic writing, and twisty revelations.