Review: Restore Me-Tahereh Mafi
Young Adult, dystopian
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?
Upon hearing that the ever most talented Tahereh Mafi was releasing another book in the Shatter Me series, I was fully on board. I loved the first three books and felt like the end of book 3 could have continued on for another book but wasn't sure of her plan towards that. So when I saw it was releasing (having heard nothing about it prior) I was ecstatic.
I went into this expecting so much of a telling of things that happened after the events in book 3 and was wildly curious as to how things were going to play out with the craziness from before.
Juliette was a character I really enjoyed reading from. She was very chaotic and all over the place in her thinking in the previous books and I found it sidelining with the way the Mad Hatter would think. That chaotic-ness wasn't in this book much because she really came into herself in the past stories, but I was happy to see a bit of her old self--the powerful self--come into play with the use of her running and messy thoughts. This is a character that has gone through a lot in her past and was rightfully having troubles. While she grew into herself some more in this book, it wasn't as much as I had hoped for, especially considering her role in things.
The Reestablishment is like different governments ruling their country. Juliette is now in charge of North America (uh, can I just say, WOW) and she was very overwhelmed with suddenly being in charge of so many people within it. She doesn't know how to be political and is very unsure of herself. While this is totally realistic for her situation, I do wish she had taken some initiative and tried to learn about the different countries and their rulers (supreme?). She really let herself fall back into the role of leadership and, while she had her moments of strength, she kind of fell through for me in this part. She was very determined and strong in book 3, so I was a tad confused in this book as to why she let herself blend in and not try to be the person she was in regards to being a leader and trying.
While on that topic, the Reestablishment barely came into play. I really would have loved more information on it, seen more of the leaders, got to learn more about what they actually do, etc. It was very glazed over and I felt just as confused and bereft as Juliette did.
Something I didn't like about this book was Warren's lack of knowledge with their relationship. He treated it like a side idea, barely acknowledging (personally, for me) Juliette and the issues she was going through. I wish they could have had more moments of growth together.
Adam was in this for maybe a paragraph or two. I was a tad confused since they were so involved in prior books, so I would have liked to see a little confrontation or more awkward scenes between them.
The friendship between Juliette and Kenji was great. I loved their scenes together, and it was the best friendship aspect of this book.
I wasn't aware that this was a continuing series, so there is a cliffhanger--be warned! It's a doozy and had me gasping in disbelief. I CAN'T wait for the next one.