She was never meant for you.
She was never meant for any of this.
That girl was sentenced to death the moment I named her Juliette.
Juliette Ferrars isn’t who she thinks she is.
Nothing in her world is what it seemed. She thought she’d defeated The Reestablishment. She thought she’d finally taken control of her life, her power, her pain. But a lifetime of lies unravelling before her has changed all that.
Stronger, braver, and more resilient than ever, Juliette must fight for life and love. But first she has to survive the war being raged against her mind.
She’s screaming. She’s just screaming words, I think. They’re just words. But she’s screaming, screaming at the top of her lungs, with an agony that seems almost an exaggeration, and it’s causing devastation I never knew possible. It’s like she just—imploded.
Finally. This is what has been missing in the last few books in the Shatter Me series: actual plot advancements, character development, and (not none but) less whiny relationship drama.
Even though most of these characters are trapped, so. much. happens. We finally get some real answers about the Reestablishment and the histories of these characters. And they’re good answers. Ones that are interesting, and make sense, and add some much-needed complexity to the story and this world. It doesn’t feel thrown together to make excuses for what’s happened or to avoid the annoying drama from Restore Me. It feels like Mafi has been sitting on this reveal for ages and has finally let it out, and it feels so good.
Defy Me has kindled the excitement for this series that I felt at the end of Ignite Me. It’s been missing with the last two lacklustre instalments, but it is back with a vengeance, and I cannot wait to get to the revenge, death, and destruction sure to be coming in, if not Reveal Me, it has to be in Imagine Me – right? Don’t let me down, Mafi!