Review: Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi

Fracture Me (Shatter Me #2.5)
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: December 17, 2013
Pages: 62
Format: Kindle Book/Own

In this electrifying sixty-page companion novella to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, discover the fate of the Omega Point rebels as they go up against The Reestablishment. Set during and soon after the final moments of Unravel Me, Fracture Me is told from Adam's perspective.

As Omega Point prepares to launch an all-out assault on The Reestablishment soldiers stationed in Sector 45, Adam's focus couldn't be further from the upcoming battle. He's reeling from his breakup with Juliette, scared for his best friend's life, and as concerned as ever for his brother James's safety. And just as Adam begins to wonder if this life is really for him, the alarms sound. It's time for war.

On the battlefield, it seems like the odds are in their favor—but taking down Warner, Adam's newly discovered half brother, won't be that easy. The Reestablishment can't tolerate a rebellion, and they'll do anything to crush the resistance . . . including killing everyone Adam has ever cared about.

Fracture Me sets the stage for Ignite Me, the explosive finale in Tahereh Mafi's epic dystopian series.

Review: In all honesty, I didn't enjoy this as much as I enjoyed Warners novella. I stayed so firm on being Team Adam throughout all the stuff in Unravel Me and then when we get the chance to get in his head in this, I just felt like I lost all interest in him and with him being with Juliette. 

I really get it. He was worried for both Kenji and Juliette going into battle. Kenji was still injured and Juliette hadn't really been in battle before. But this kept him incredibly distracted during the battle. his head was just everywhere but where it needed to be. His distraction did help in him noticing Juliette was missing and catching a glimpse of her being taken however. So not all bad. What he sees in that moment is what we all know is Juliette being taken to his father for that heart pounding ending we had in Unravel Me. This prompts him and Kenji to go after her but instead find a few of their group and find out The Reestablishment is going to attack Omega Point. In the end, Adam has to choose whether to go after Juliette or try to hightail it back to Omega Point before the attack to get James. 

Long story short, they don't make it back to Omega Point in time, but James had snuck out when they went to war and was trying to find them. So while Omega Point was destroyed, James was safe. This pretty much gave Adam his only goal, to keep James safe. And he did that. He found a safe place, a recognizable place to us, and kept him, James, Kenji and the small group from Omega Point they had found when trying to go after Juliette there. 

However, my problems with this novella and Adam come from this. It was like once he found James he completely forgot about Juliette. He claims to love her so much and he just pushed saving her aside even after knowing James was safe. Kenji literally had to bring it up to him while making dinner for it to dawn on him that he forgot about it. This is where I stopped being Team Adam. He says he loves her, but his actions just stopped proving that. And as soon as this happened, I just felt a complete disconnect from Adam. He just stopped being the Adam we knew in Shatter Me and Unravel Me. And I'm not going to lie, this change in him definitely sets up for events in Ignite Me. Not good ones either. 

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