Review of Imagine Me (Shatter Me #6) by Tahereh Mafi
Rating: ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
The explosive finale to the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Shatter Me series.
Which is the truth and which is the lie?
Now that Ella knows who Juliette is and what she was created for, things have only become more complicated. As she struggles to understand the past that haunts her and looks to a future more uncertain than ever, the lines between right and wrong—between Ella and Juliette—blur. And with old enemies looming, her destiny may not be her own to control.
The day of reckoning for the Reestablishment is coming. But she may not get to choose what side she fights on.
This sequel trilogy should have never been written.
The plot (what plot there is) has always been convoluted and disastrous. Whole character arcs unraveled, with a patchwork of attempts to piece them back together.
But this book alone? The worst of the sequel trilogy books. The plot is essentially non existent. A character is kidnapped and the rest of the characters figure out how to rescue them. That’s it.
I’ve never been a fan of Juliette and have always felt as though Warner and Kenji carried the brunt of these books on their backs – but I am not even sure I can say that about this book. Where was the character development? There was no arc to this, instead characters chase their arcs around in circles, constantly swinging between extremes.
Most jarring of all was the very uncomfortable and odd attraction a particular main character feels toward another.
(slight, nameless spoilers ahead)
This other character literally tells them how beautiful they are, after having been drinking, only to then make the main character GET DOWN ON THEIR KNEES AND CALL THEM MASTER. Look. If I wanted to read an age gap BDSM dark romance, I would read that. There are some great ones out there, I love those romance tropes. But this … this is not the place for that dynamic. Instead it was unsettling and felt so out of left field I had to question what I was even reading. It does not go anywhere, but I still can’t wrap my head around the point of that dynamic? How did it support the plot? How did it support the characters? It had no meaningful value in the story. Where were the editors at this point?
Truthfully, much of this felt like poorly written fan fiction. And even that is an understatement. I mean – there are situations in this book that made me wonder if they were intentional trolling of Warner stans. Sorry guys.
Just no. Nope. Another series that a) should have never been continued with this messy, unbelievably convoluted plot and therefore b) has been disastrously tainted.
My positive? Warner and the dog in the epilogue were cute?
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