A little while ago, I signed up to join Hebban’s Epic Reads (online) Book Club for Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi. The book wasn’t a “priority” for me at the time, but I simply couldn’t pass up the opportunity because I’d read the “original” Shatter Me trilogy in only three days a few years ago and I loved it so much! Imagine my surprise when I was chosen as a participant and got the book sent to me! I decided to give you guys a little summary of my part in the book club, spoiler-free, of course!
“Your heart is an anomaly. Your actions are the only traces you leave behind.”
Book Club Discussion
When the new Shatter Me trilogy was announced, I was a bit… scared. The second Mortal Instruments trilogy wasn’t a success for me and all I could hope for was that Tahereh wouldn’t make the same mistake. Luckily she didn’t!
The first thing I noticed is how much emotion there is in this book. That really surprised me! There isn’t a lot of character development per se, but their actions are realistic and that made up for the “lack” of it. There’s only a thing or two that I didn’t find very realistic, but not all things can be perfect! I loved how we didn’t only get to see things from Juliette’s perspective, but Warner’s as well. It added a dimension to the book that wasn’t there before! The alternation between the two was done wonderfully. It can often bother me when I’m really into a character’s story and I have to read for another. less interesting perspective. Thank goodness, that wasn’t the case at all! Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see much from some of the other characters.
Restore Me is a little slow and I feel like there’s not much of an actual plot. It really focusses on emotion over plot or character development, but it actually worked very well! There was some foreshadowing for the major plot twist and that was just so cool! It wasn’t obvious enough to actually spoil things, but it was noticeable when you finally figure it out in the end. It’s the best!
The title “Restore Me” is definitely fitting but in a bit of a weird way. There’s actually not that much restoring. As a matter of fact, it feels like there’s more being destroyed than mended. It doesn’t really “cover” what’s happening in the book. Maybe it would’ve been more fitting as the title for the final book, in which everything is okay? It still a great title and I feel like it’s perfect! But at the same time… I’m just not sure.
The main theme of the book is definitely something along the lines of “finding yourself”. The characters have been through so much and they’re at this point where they pretty much have to change themselves into the people they need to be. They’re the new leaders of Sector 45! They’re in different relationships… They make discoveries that they need to adapt to as well. It’s probably the main reason why Restore Me is such an emotion-driven book.
Reading Tahereh’s writing felt like coming home. I loved her style so much in the original Shatter Me trilogy and it’s just as good this time around! Although it’s a dystopian/fantasy book, it was so easy to get through. I literally flew through it! I never struggled to understand anything, because the writing is done so well.
Even though Restore Me wasn’t quite like I expected, I enjoyed it a lot. It’s a story filled with emotion and plot twisting revelations. I’m sure everyone who’s read the Shatter Me trilogy will find themselves in a familiar world and love it as if they’re reading it for the very first time.
About Restore Me
The girl with the power to kill with a single touch now has the world in the palm of her hand.
Juliette and Warner’s story continues in the electrifying fourth installment of Tahereh Mafi’s New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series.
Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander of North America, and now has Warner by her side. But when tragedy strikes, she must confront the darkness that dwells both around and inside her.
Who will she become in the face of adversity? Will she be able to control the power she wields, and use it for good?
Have you read the Shatter Me trilogy? And have you read Restore Me, or will you be reading it in the future?
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