[FRIDAY FIRST] Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me #4)

In today’s Friday First, I’ll be talking about Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi, the fourth book in the Shatter Me series.

Spoiler Warning: If you haven’t read the first three books in the series, you will be spoiled when you continue reading. There’s a synopsis present and the first paragraph/chapter will reveal some things as well. 

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| What kind of article is Friday First? |

It will feature the first few sentences/paragraph of my current book and my first impressions as well. It’s meant to be a quick and easy way to share a bit about what I am reading, and I would love to hear others join in sharing their current reads as well.

The format is really simple. Include a quote. Include first impressions, it will not be a long drawn out analysis of the text or grand speculation of what is to come. Just a brief overview of how I’m feeling about the beginning of the book.

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| Today’s Book |

Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi
#4 in the Shatter Me series
Genre: Young adult, fantasy, Dystopia
Published by HarperCollins
Pages: 435, hardcover

About Restore Me:

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?

| First Paragraph|

JULIETTE

I don’t wake up screaming anymore. I do not feel ill at the sight of blood. I do not flinch before a firing gun. I will never again apologize for surviving.
And yet-
I’m startled at once by the sound of a door slamming open. I silence a gasp, spin around, and, by force of habit, rest my hand on the hilt of a semiautomatic hung from a holster at my side.
“J, we’ve got a serious problem.”
Kenji is staring at me -eyes narrowed- his hands on his hips, T-shirt taut across his chest. This is angry Kenji. Worried Kenji.

It’s been sixteen days since we took over Sector 45- since I crowned myself the Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment- and it’s been quiet. Unnervingly so. Every day I wake up, filled with half terror, half exhilaration, anxiously awaiting the inevitable missives from enemy nations who would challenge my authority and wage war against us- and now, finally, it seems that moment has arrived. So I take a deep breath, crack my neck, and look Kenji in the eye.
“Tell me.”

He presses his lips together. Looks up at the ceiling. “So, okay- the first thing you need to know is that this isn’t my fault, okay? I was just trying to help.”
I falter. Frown. “What?”
“I mean, I knew his punkass was a major drama queen, but this is just beyond ridiculous-”
“I’m sorry- what?” I take my hand off my gun; feel my body unclench. “Kenji, what are you talking about? This isn’t about the war?”
“The war? What? J, are you not paying attention? Your boyfriend is having a freaking conniption right now and you need to go handle his ass before I do.”
I exhale, irritated. “Are you serious? Again with this nonsense? Jesus, Kenji.” I unlatch the holster from my back and toss it on the bed behind me.
“See- why are you so quick to judge, huh, princess? Why assume that I was the one who did something wrong? Why me?” He crosses his arms against his chest, lowers his voice. “And you know, I’ve been meaning to talk to you about this for a while, actually, because I really feel that, as supreme commander, you can’t be showing preferential treatment like this, but clearly-”
Kenji goes suddenly still.

At the crack of the door Kenji’s eyebrows shoot op; a soft click and his eyes widen; a muted rustle of movement and suddenly the barrel of a gun is pressed against the back of his head. Kenji stares at me, his lips making no sounds as he mouths the words psychopath over and over again.
The psychopath in question winks at me from where he’s standing, smiling like he couldn’t possibly be holding a gun to the head of our mutual friend. I manage to suppress a laugh.
“Go on,” Warner says, still smiling. “Please tell me exactly how she’s failed you as a leader.”

| First Impressions |

So far, I’m 63 pages in, which means that I’ve read a couple of chapters from both Juliette and Warner’s pov, so I have gotten a bit of a taste of what’s to be expected from this book.

This book starts of really awesome and funny! Kenji has become my favorite character out of all three books that I’ve read so far, so reading this first chapter had me laughing out loud. Kenji and Warner together in one room are explosive and I can’t wait to read more about this haha!

I was really curious to see how the story would continue, Back in the day, the ending of book 3 felt so unsatisfying. It felt incomplete. So I was really happy Mafi decided to write more! It was to be expected that politics would become even more important now, seeing how things ended in book 3. I was not wrong on that, because it is quite focused on political stuff so far, which is interesting though. I’m really curious to find out how the story is going to develop. I have some thoughts on things and can’t wait to see if things are going to turn out this particular way.

Aside from the politics, there’s a lot of focus on Juliette and Warner’s characters, which is something Mafi is really good at; in depth focus on the characters. Both have been through a lot and it’s interesting to read how they cope with everything so far, what they’re feeling and how they handle those feelings.

And Kenji… ugh. I.CANT.GET.ENOUGH.OF.KENJI ♥

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What are you reading right now and did it start out good or not? What are your first thoughts about your current read? Love to hear from you.

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