Title: Defy Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #4
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Dystopia, Romance
Publication date: April 2d, 2019
Juliette’s short tenure as the supreme commander of North America has been an utter disaster. When the children of the other world leaders show up on her doorstep, she wants nothing more than to turn to Warner for support and guidance. But he shatters her heart when he reveals that he’s been keeping secrets about her family and her identity from her—secrets that change everything.
Juliette is devastated, and the darkness that’s always dwelled within her threatens to consume her. An explosive encounter with unexpected visitors might be enough to push her over the edge.
“This goes on and on and on and on and on
over and over
whispers of clarity
g a s p s o f o x y g e n
and I’m tossed back out to sea.”
This was one of my most anticipated releases of this year, not only because it was a long awaited sequel, but also because this has become one of my favorite series of all time and it has a special place in my heart.
The main reason why I didn’t rate it five stars was because of that ending. I don’t know why but I don’t like when suddenly in the series there’s a name change in one of the characters, and that’s exactly what happened in Defy Me. The thing is, I related so much to Juliette and her character arc. She was very descriptive and sensitive, and I really enjoyed her personality and her character development in the series, and I feel that with Ella I don’t have a connection that made me root towards her. It almost felt as if I was reading about a complete different character, and maybe once I read more about her in the next installment I’ll change my mind, but for now that’s my opinion on that matter.
Still, even though the plot was a bit lacking sometimes, I really enjoyed that feeling of anticipation I had during the entire book, and honestly I didn’t know what was going to happen and was at the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading the book.
“It’s not insane to imagine that sometimes even horrible people are searching for a way out of their own darkness.”
There were a few plot twists that had my gasping and screaming because I didn’t expect them, and I also appreciated a lot the little conversations between Warner and Kenji, and also the interactions between the side characters.
I also really loved Kenji’s POVs, because they were so funny and hilarious, and if I’d already loved him this made me love him even more, because he seemed like such a real human
TW: torture, murder, abuse
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