Restore Me is so frustrating. I thought we were past this petty relationship drama. I definitely thought we were past Juliette being so caught up in her own bullshit. She’s supposed to be supreme commander; instead, she’s too busy doubting every decision she makes, losing control of her emotions (and therefore her power) and getting drunk the night before an incredibly important appearance. It’s all just so dumb.
I thought her friendship with Kenji would be a good thing, but he instead seems to be a crutch. She uses him to second guess all her decisions and follow her around while she thinks really hard. This obsession she has with him being her ‘best friend’ – I know she was deprived of a childhood, but it’s all incredibly immature. Especially when she seems so interested in forcing friendship on everyone – just let them live their lives, you crazy emotional person.
I know Warner went through a lot in Ignite Me – a lot of loss and turmoil and restructuring his entire life – but he is a shell of the very impressive person he was. Apparently, he’s so ‘busy working’ all the time and yet he’s managed to drop the ball on the most important thing he should be doing – getting Juliette up to speed to lead a revolution and the world. It’s been two weeks, and he hasn’t explained anything about how the world she was sheltered from works because of ‘messy childhood memories’. And his big bad betrayal is not as earth-shattering as it’s made out to be. Yeah, Warner did shitty things and kept secrets, and maybe he should’ve stopped keeping said secrets earlier, but it doesn’t mean you blow up the entire revolution because you’re a heartbroken teenager. Oh, wait, maybe you do.
I didn’t realise how angry I was at Restore Me until I wrote it all out. For a series that started a little lacklustre, there was some real growth with each instalment, and it hurts to see it shattered here (see what I did there?). I looked forward to the blurbs on the upcoming books in the series (spoilers be damned) and can’t say I have much hope moving forward, either. I’m really only interested in what happens with this world now; I’ve lost any desire to see these characters fix everything they’ve ruined in Restore Me. I’m sure it’ll all come together as stupidly as it came apart.