Title: Restore Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publication date: March 6, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Date read: April 1, 2018
My rating: ★★★★★
“The world tried to crush you,” I say, gently now, “and you refused to be shattered. You’ve recovered from every setback a stronger person, rising from the ashes only to astonish everyone around you. And you will continue to surprise and confuse those who underestimate you.”
This review contains spoilers if you haven’t yet read the previous three books in the Shatter Me series.
I first read this series at the very beginning and I immediately loved it – I’m proud to say that the Shatter Me series belong to my top favourite series. But when I read Ignite Me, the third book, a couple of years ago, it didn’t really feel as a real ending to the series for me. I found the ending a bit rushed and I still had so many questions left unanswered. So when Tahereh Mafi announced that she would be writing three(!) more books in the series, I was super excited! Then I saw this giveaway from the very kind Tai over at tainasadventures, where you could win a signed copy of Restore Me, so I entered, never thinking I’d actually win the giveaway, but then I did!
I received my personalised copy of Restore Me about a week ago and immediately started reading it (even though I was actually currently reading a different book, but I just couldn’t wait). I finished it yesterday, and absolutely loved it. This book did not disappoint me one bit, it was everything I wished for and more. But that ending… oh, dear. How am I supposed to wait a whole year for the next book? I want to read it now!
Restore Me begins sixteen days after the events in Ignite Me. Juliette has taken over Sector 45 and, since she killed Warners father, she’s now the new supreme commander of North America. But what comes next? Juliette discovers that she actually knows very little about the Reestablishment and about what it means to be a leader of the continent.
In Restore Me we get to learn more about the old characters from the first three books, but there are also so many new and exciting characters we meet from the other continents of the world. Soon Juliette will find out that not everything is what it seems to be. Will she be able to use her powers for good and change the world, or will her powers and her past control her and destroy everything she’s worked for?
I think this book is by far the favourite of the series so far, though it’s been a while since I last read the first three books. I really wanted to reread them before I read Restore Me, but then life happened and I just decided to start with Restore Me already. Which, honestly, wasn’t really a problem, since I still remembered very well what had happened in the first three books.
Okay, I must admit that the book was very slow-paced, but I didn’t really mind at all. The first three quarters of the book were focused on character building and development – we got to read about how everyone deals with what happened after Juliette has taken over Sector 45. All of the questions I had at the end of Ignite Me were answered, and it was everything I wished for and more!
The Shatter Me series has the best characters, like seriously, I just loved Kenji and Warner – and their scenes together – and Adam and James… and how fierce Juliette is. Even after everything she’s been through, she’s just so strong, and I really love that about her. Also, the chapters in this book are from both Juliette and Warners point of view, and we get to learn so much more about him. He has been through hell with his father abusing him – and I thought I had learned everything about him in the first three books of the series, but I was so, so wrong. His chapters were so interesting to read, and I think I fell in love with him even more than I did at the end of Ignite Me.
“I cannot let the broken girl inside of me inhale all that I’ve become. I cannot revert back to another version of myself. I will not shatter, not again, in the wake of an emotional earthquake.”
And all those plot twists… I never expected everything to happen like it did, but wow! Tahereh Mafi is the queen of unexpected plot twists, seriously. Even if you think you know what’s going to happen, you’re wrong. The ending of this book left us with a huge, mind-blowing cliffhanger. And when I say huge, I mean huge. I couldn’t quite believe what I’d just read. All the action happened in the last couple of chapters – which felt a bit rushed, again, but that didn’t really bother me – and everything happened so fast I barely had time to comprehend what was happening. I’m not sure how I’m able to wait a whole year for the next book…
So, as a conclusion, I think this book is a must-read if you’ve read the original trilogy, but you should be prepared to get your heart broken… and having to wait so long for the fifth book when Restore Me ends with a one of the biggest cliffhangers I’ve ever read.