“Today is not forever. Happiness does not happen. Happiness must be uncovered, separated from the skin of pain. It must be claimed.”
Juliette’s short tenure as the supreme commander of North America has been an utter disaster. When the children of the other world leaders show up on her doorstep, she wants nothing more than to turn to Warner for support and guidance. But he shatters her heart when he reveals that he’s been keeping secrets about her family and her identity from her—secrets that change everything.
Juliette is devastated, and the darkness that’s always dwelled within her threatens to consume her. An explosive encounter with unexpected visitors might be enough to push her over the edge.
*Disclaimer: This will be a spoiler free review for Defy Me but will contain spoilers from prior books.
Believe me, no one is more disappointed than me about this rating, even if I am a few months late on picking this up. But this….just felt so off compared to the first four books. I should have known what was coming though, when things went downhill with Kenji’s novella. If I’m being honest this also felt more like reading fan-fiction rather than reading the next book in the Shatter Me series #sorrynotsorry. And I really hate to say this but I’d by lying if I didn’t, this should have stayed a trilogy.
Here’s the thing, a lot of people who originally read the first three books didn’t care for Restore Me when it came out. Whether it be the wait was too long and Warner and Juliette just didn’t hold the same interest to them, or they felt it was unnecessary, some readers complained that it was just too much too late. Me though? I LOVED Restore Me, but I also binged this entire series for the first time one week prior to Restore Me’s release and could not wait to get my hands on it so that’s probably why. I just couldn’t believe all the new information we got in that book and then with that cliffhanger of an ending I was so excited for Defy Me. However, this book definitely just felt like even more of an info dump than Restore Me and not in a good way.
The problem now is that between Restore Me and Defy Me there are so many things that were added to the story that came completely out of left field, how they’re all going to be wrapped up in the last book is beyond me. Obviously I’m still going to pick it up to find out how it ends, but I am extremely skeptical as to how this series is going to get a wrap up that feels neat and complete. Reading this felt like the author was literally just throwing twists and turns into the story for the hell of it and this is not the Tahereh Mafi I’m used to. It was such a weird reading experience because it was a quick read and I was happy to be back with my favorites but it just felt all wrong at the same time. I will always ship Juliette and Warner (yes, I’m still calling her Juliette) and Kenji will always be one of my favorite wittiest characters, but otherwise to keep things nice and simple…THIS AIN’T IT.
Until next time,