Title – Restore Me
Author – Tahereh Mafi
Publisher – Harper Collins
Pages- 448 (hardback)
Published – March 6th 2018
30 April 2018
As a long time follower and fan of Tahereh Mafi, I was of course ecstatic when I first found out that her Shatter Me series, which for too long had been merely a trilogy, was being extended to have six books. Six! This excitement lasted me a long while, but in the run up to the publication of the first new addition, I started to panic.
What if I hated the new books? What if everyone hated them? What if this extension ruined one of my favourite series? Was it really possible to have too much of a good thing?
But while I don’t have answers to all of these questions, and I don’t know if I ever will, I certainly have an answer to one:
Q. Do I love Restore Me?
Undoubtedly, this book was never going to be the same as the others. Tahereh has grown as a writer since those books were published, and Restore Me reflects that.
The overall arc of this fourth book is very tidy. It is not a plot driven book in the least, the novel is almost entirely focused on character development, and that good news if, like me, you are in love with these characters.
All our old favourites are back, along with some great new faces. Nazeera is a favourite of mine and of many other people. She’s strong witted and intelligent without ever resorting to be a stereotype. She’s one of the many new POC added to this first book, as Nazeera and her brother Haider were both born in Iraq. There are also new additions of LGBTQ characters in this fourth novel.
The development of Juliette and Warner’s relationship is a vital part of the story here, and though they can definitely be frustrating at times, I think that their relationship is ultimately engaging and cute as hell. But that’s not to say there isn’t drama.
My God is there drama.
Juliette’s relationship also develops with Kenji, as he begins to open up with her about his past life, he is also hilarious as always.
Juliette’s main struggles in Restore Me come from her new position as Supreme Commander of the US. She struggles with whether or not she is worth of this position throughout the novel, but ultimately comes to learn what it is to be in power.
Finally I have to mention the clothes. The outfits in this novel are extraordinary. I’m not kidding. Tahereh definitely has a flair for fashion and style; I’m definitely jealous of how stylish all her characters are.
I’m going to stop here before the spoilers get too bad, but in short, I really did enjoy this book and I’m counting down the days to book 5’s publication.
So there it is, my review of ‘Restore Me’ by Tahereh Mafi.
If you agree, disagree, have questions, or answers, please let me know in the comments down below.
That’s all from me for now, until next time, Happy Reading!
Ps, an apology: I’m sorry I’ve been bad at posting, I’ve been busy and stressed and this blog is one of the juggling balls that I let drop. I’m sorry, I’m trying and I’m hoping to be better at managing my time in the future. This is no promise of a perfect update schedule, but I will try to update this blog as often as I can.