Title: Restore Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Genre: Science-Fiction, Dystopia
Status: Book 4 of Shatter Me series
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?
There may be spoilers for the first three books.
HELLO I HAVE BEEN SCREAMING ABOUT THIS BOOK EVER SINCE IT WAS ANNOUNCED.
AND THERE’S NO SIGN THAT I WILL STOP.
Back when it was announced? I cried THANK YOU. After Ignite Me, I’ve been living off fanfictions and I’ve read fanfictions so much that at this point I’m a little muddled on what is canon* and what isn’t. And guess what I did? I went on to read Restore Me without reading the first three books (I reread only book 3) because my TBR is huge. And I’ll admit, I was confused in some places BUT. That did not stop the book from UTTERLY TEARING ME APART.
You can understand how much I love the series by the fact that just by narrating half the story to her, one of my friends is into it. I stopped half-through the second book and she’s dying to know the rest but we haven’t met since. I feel sad for her.
But! I flail about it so much! And Warner is bae.
When the excerpt was released, I actually wrote a not-planned post of my reaction to it and somehow it’s been getting so many views?? I should do immediate posts more often.
*canon=official. used to refer to what is in the books originally.
The story picks up 16 days after Juliette declared herself Supreme Commander and everything is in lingo. She’s been waiting for the other shoe to drop, for the other sectors to go against her. But there’s been nothing, and she worries.
Ignite Me had a very open ending and we see Tahereh Mafi making full use of it in this book. Honestly, none of the fanfictions I read came even CLOSE to this plot. We see characters from other sectors, our characters going through changes and Juliette finally coming to realization that being Supreme Commander is not a small thing.
I honestly cannot say more without accidentally spoiling it for y’all.
Somehow I forgot that Juliette is 17 and is very much a child? Especially since she’s never had proper human contact, she’s not exactly picture-perfect to be Supreme Commander. She goes through moods so much in this book that even I felt unhinged. And the thing is, it didn’t feel as if it’s not written well. It’s been written perfectly because no one who has been through everything Juliette has can be normal and confident.
On the other hand, we get to know Warner a lot more. Especially because half the book is in his POV*. I always felt like we knew way too less about him and that point is stressed upon in this book since the reason we don’t know is because Juliette doesn’t know. And she finds out so much in this book.
I’ll be honest though, reading the beginning I actually felt the characters being off from before? Especially Warner. And Juliette’s moods gave me a smol whiplash and these two reasons made me take off half a star from the rating.
Then there was my baby Kenji who didn’t change and stayed awesome ❤
Also!!! NEW AWESOME CHARACTER NAMED HAZEERA who I can’t speak more about!
*point of view
I am NOT even close to being over this book. I read it a few days back and if someone came up to me and asked how was Restore Me I would talk non-stop for at least an hour. I actually expected way less proper sentences in this review because inside I’m all muddled up. It’s literally like this in my head:
- ASDFGHJKL WARNER
- KENJI MY BAEEEEEEE
- I LIKE THIS NEW CHARACTER OMGGGGG
- HI BAE I SEE YOUUUUU
- AWW WARNER ❤
- AW WARNER AND JULIETTE ❤ WHY ARE YOU TWO SO CUTE AND ADORABLE AND JUST KJKLJHHG
- NAZEERA THO CAN WE JUST
- HELLOO DIVERSITY
- THERE’S SCARY JULIETTE THERE’S CUTE JULIETTE THERE’S CLUELESS JULIETTE THERE’S BADASS JULIET AND JUST WRGRWHGHGSK
- AND WARNER LOVES ALL OF HER
- YOU KNOW IT’S TRUE LOVE WHEN WARNER HAS HAD A HAIRCUT AND JULIETTE STILL THINKS HE’S HOT LIKE OOOF MY HEART
I really should stop typing in capitals but dO yOu SEe how my head is?
Wow I’m breaking all sentence structures and language rules in this post. It’s a surprise I can even manage so many words tbh I’m so proud of myself.
You can understand how much I needed to talk about this by knowing that I have TWO tests tomorrow, for which I started learning literally two days back, and I’m writing this review. It’s 10:07pm and instead of revising I’m writing this review.
If you haven’t been convinced to read Restore Me yet, I don’t now what will. But please READ IT.