By: Cait Marie
Restore Me is the fourth book in the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi. For those who don’t know, Shatter Me is about a dystopian society ruled by the military. Juliette, the protagonist, has a lethal touch and the military wants to use her. Click here to read my full review of the series!
Now, because this is the fourth book of the series, there will be SPOILERS of the first three books. I will warn you before we get to the spoiler section of this particular book, though. So if you haven’t read the first three books, stop reading this and go read the books! They’re very quick reads (I read all of three and the two novellas in a week and I’m a slow reader).
Alright, so Restore Me picks up right after the “revolution.” Juliette has killed the Supreme Commander and named herself his replacement. She controls Sector 45 now, and all of North America. The only problem is she doesn’t really know what she’s doing. She assumed a war would come, that people would challenge her for the title and that the other continents would not approve of her rule, but it’s been silent. Nothing has happened.
Without giving too much away, Restore Me, in short, is absolutely fantastic. It is the best book in the series, hands down. The other ones were good, but this one brings the series to a whole new level. It’s intense, funny, sad, basically every emotion you can think of as all the characters return and try to learn to work together. I audibly gasped half a dozen times while reading this book. There were so many things that were revealed, and each one was an “oh my gosh” moment. It was wonderful.
I also love how Tahereh Mafi writes. Something about the way her sentences flow makes it so easy to read, and read quickly. Plus, it’s just beautiful. Her descriptions are almost poetic, and the way she describes the characters’ thoughts are so realistic and true. I highly recommend this book, even if you weren’t a fan of the others. Restore Me is just so good, I couldn’t put it down. I cannot wait for the next one! I read this within a week of its release, so I have at least a year to wait… It’s going to be a long year!
Oh. My. Gosh. This book was insane!! It was such a roller coaster of emotions and I don’t know where to fully start. So I’m just going to list some characters with my thoughts:
Juliette – She’s always been intense, but holy crap. Guys, she pulled a freaking Britney 2007! But it totally worked for her and she embraced it. I’ve been back and forth between liking Juliette and thinking she’s annoying, but now she’s just a bad-ass and I love her so much more.
Kenji – He’s my favorite character in this series. Hands down. I don’t even know where to begin with Kenji. His sense of humor and loyalty is just amazing, and my heart melts a little every time he calls Juliette “kid” or “J.” I want him as my best friend.
Warner – I also love Warner. He’s the character I just want to hug and tell that everything will be okay. He’s so caring, or he can be, but he’s so troubled by his past that he thinks he can’t be cared for… and it breaks my heart. I’m sensing a theme with my favorite characters (*ahem* ACOMAF).
Adam – Still annoys me, but he’s getting a little better. I loved the moment he had with Warner, when they were mourning their father even though he was the worst.
Jamie – I DEMAND MORE JAMIE! I feel like he’s fading from the story, and that’s not acceptable. He’s so spunky and we need him as much as the other characters do. Also, I want more interactions between him and Warner, and I want him to know they’re brothers.
And finally, the summit. I think I stopped breathing. I am still not fully comprehending how such a tragic ending could happen. Some of my favorite side characters were killed, which broke my heart. Then Juliette woke up in New Zealand in her old bedroom, with her parents there?! I just… I’m still flabbergasted, and a month later, I’m still thinking about it frequently. I NEED the next book now!