Review: Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi

Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi
 Shatter Me #4
Genre: YA Fantasy, Dystopia
Publication: March 6th 2018 by HarperCollins
Format: HC

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?


To start off, I’m a little ashamed that it took me FIVE (5) months to finally pick this up to read. But in my defense, I’ve been so freakin busy that this is the first book I’ve read in like two months. In spite of that, I can’t believe how easily I delved into the SHATTER ME world again, like I never left.

Of course, I absolutely tore through this book – I think I finished this novel in 2 hours. And it was honestly so wonderful to get back into Tahereh’s writing. So many different developments in this novel – mostly character-wise, and less plot-wise. I will have to say that RESTORE ME has a lot less action than the original three books, which provides a lot of opportunity to better understand Juliette and Warner (especially as this book is written in both perspectives) atop a more political-heavy setting.

A list, for my sanity and your convenience, of things I want to mention:

  • I freaking love Nazeera. She’s Iraqi, and I obviously can’t speak about her representation, but it was so lovely to see this world expand to include so many people of color. She’s so so so awesome. Flying and invisibility? She could kick my ass and I’d thank her.
  • I’m so upset that Warner and Juliette spent literally 60% of the book broken up. I might cry.
  • Lena??? Holy shit is she a bitch
  • Juliette had her first taste of alcohol!!!!! So proud of her for not vomiting all that up.
  • Juliette’s haircut???? WOW. Love it. Love her.
  • Adam had so much character development. It was so nice to see him reflect on his actions and truly understand how selfish and immature he was being in the original trilogy. I’m rooting for him a bit now.
  • Just SO MUCH BACKSTORY TO UNPACK. Pretty crazy stuff. I’m just so excited to read the next book.

I honestly didn’t know how to form my thoughts with clear transitions, so the list was the best way for me to do that effectively. Overall, I will admit that RESTORE ME is a lot more slow and has way more emphasis on politics, but it’s a really great start to this second arc. I absolutely cannot wait for DEFY ME.


alice name.pngAlice is an 19 year old college student who loves the oxford comma, television shows, and the company of dogs. She finds writing in the third person odd yet enjoyable. You can find her scrolling through Twitter, Instagram, and forever organizing her shelves on Goodreads.


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3 thoughts on “Review: Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi

  1. Juliette’s haircut was really great, because I think that although it’s a physical change it also symbolizes everything that she has grown throughout the series, I’m proud of her and I can’t wait for Defy Me either! 😍


  2. I haven’t read these books yet, but from your review and how fast you read this one, I need to check this series out.


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