Review: Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi

Restore Me (Shatter Me #4)
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
Pages: 448
Format: Hardcover/Own

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?

Review: I'm not even sure what to think with this book. I didn't expect any of what happened to happen. This book was seriously a mind fuck. So much happened, so much was revealed. It just shattered an expectations and thoughts I had about how the new set of books would go.

So the first thing I wanna address that I know others had issues with was the communication in Warner and Juliette's relationship. Ok guys. Lets actually be real here. Total time in which Juliette and Warner have been together as of this book, about a month. 1 month people. Everyone is so flustered that Warner didn't tell Juliette literally like everything from his past, like what his dad had him involved in and his past relationships. Guys, they've only been together a month! Did you just spill the beans about every single thing in your past only a month into a relationship?? No. I didn't think so. I know when I first started dating my fiance we gradually told each other about our past. Over the span of like the first 6 months or so. The only things we came out and told each other about asap was our past relationships. But that was because events of both of our previous relationships actually led us to our relationship with each other. So lets look at this seriously. If you didn't know every single thing about your partners past only a month in, why do you expect Warner to tell Juliette every thing in the same time frame. I'm not condoning him keeping things from her, but I'm also realistic about this. He should have been able to find a good way to approach telling Juliette stuff gradually and in the right way. Not forced to tell her everything in one conversation, especially since he was just learning some of the facts himself. Ok. Rant over.

Now just to talk about Warner. I really felt for the guy in this book. He was getting so much thrown at him. He was dealing with his father & mothers deaths, trying to watch out for Juliette, trying to figure out how to tell her stuff while also learning new stuff himself about her life, trying to keep his relationship together, trying to bond with his brother. Good god this poor guy. I really genuinely feel for him. You can really sense his pain with so many of these things throughout the book and it was honestly hard to read sometimes. The poor guy even has a massive panic attack. I think Warner gets more shit than he deserves in this book.

Juliette. Girl no. Why did you have to go back to that scared frightened girl who wasn't confident in herself? You grew so much in Ignite Me and then went right back to the person you were before once things got hard. I get it. There is a lot she doesn't know about the job position she just took over. There's a lot she doesn't know about her own life or about Warner. But instead of just running scared or flipping out over everything she should have asked. Warner especially would have understood if she asked for help understanding things and learning things. And maybe, had she taken the time to ask him about things, she might have learned that Warner wasn't completely at fault for what his dad started involving Juliettes whole life. But she didn't. Instead she tried doing everything herself, completely blind. And then she flips out on Warner when he's forced to tell her all the stuff about the past even though he didn't know some of the stuff he was being made to do at that time. Seriously, chill out regarding Warner and fix the relationship you just stormed out of! He's not that bad and didn't want to keep that stuff from you. But he was still trying to wrap his head around a lot of it while your blaming him for everything and lying. Juliette is by far not my favorite in this book.

Kenji, this dude. He bounced between being a typical guy lusting after a girl and being a genuine friend. He was all interested in one of the other Supreme's children that came to visit. And she totally just shut him down! It was kinda funny. But Kenji transformed from not only being a solid friend for Juliette to lean on, but actually a decent friend for Warner as well. While Juliette is off being angry or scared over everything, Kenji is helping Warner deal with the aftermath. He's helping him calm down from his panic attack, giving him advice regarding his relationship and how to deal with the information he's learned, and even just for Warner to talk to. Which is funny because these two hate each other and wouldn't even be friends when Juliette asked them to be. But yet by the end of the book these two seem to be on good friendly terms.

I'm just at a loss with the ending. We find out throughout the book Juliette's biological parents are alive and a huge part of The Reestablishment. That she has more family out there. That her experiences were in no way accidental. What I wasn't expecting was who we are being led to believe are Juliette's biological parents and how she seems to be more a part of The Reestablishment than we ever thought. The ending seriously just mind fucked me. I'm really curious as to where its going to lead the story. I also thought it was interesting how there are more people like Juliette, with powers, within The Reestablishment hiding their powers from the leaders. I'm definitely interesting in where the story is going to go next.

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