Restore Me

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?...

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Title:Restore Me
Author:Tahereh Mafi
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Restore Me Reviews

  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓

    Real rating:

    I loved this book and I'm so happy that I decided to give the second part of this series a chance.

    Right from the beginning, the worldbuilding is finally tackled, which I think is was one of the problems that people had with the first three books. I personally didn't find it a big problem in the books because Juliette was the only POV character and what she didn’t know wasn’t for the reader to know. This is made very clear right from the start of

    , and her ignoranc

    Real rating:

    I loved this book and I'm so happy that I decided to give the second part of this series a chance.

    Right from the beginning, the worldbuilding is finally tackled, which I think is was one of the problems that people had with the first three books. I personally didn't find it a big problem in the books because Juliette was the only POV character and what she didn’t know wasn’t for the reader to know. This is made very clear right from the start of

    , and her ignorance about the world and everything she got herself into is a big catalyst to the story.

    However, the fact that there’s a lot more worldbuilding doesn’t take away from the very romance-y feel of the first three books. This book is literally packed with romance and it’s the kind of romance (with its ups and downs) that you can expect from an established relationship. It’s about two people who love each other but have gotten together under extreme circumstances and don’t actually know that much about each other, and they need to work towards this.

    Despite me not really having reread the first three books recently, I think both Juliette and Warner felt like the same characters, especially Warner. This was great to see because it would have been too easy (and crappy) to have them both be different people just because they’re in a relationship. Also, the book starts only two weeks after the events of

    , so it’s not like they could have changed that much in that time anyway.

    One of things I was most looking forward to in the book was

    . After falling in love with him after like, two pages of the novella

    , his POV was literally what made me want to continue reading the series despite not being sure whether I would still like it. And I’m so happy to say that his POV was probably the best part of this book. His pain and grief as an abuse survivor was something I deeply related to. I can’t comment on the anxiety rep but it felt much-needed and real.

    I also liked that Warnette’s relationship wasn’t the only one addressed here. Some of the other old characters aren’t completely forgotten, even though most of them are in the background, with the exception of Kenji, Adam, James and Castle.

    I don’t remember much about

    in the original trilogy to be completely honest but here he was kind of a central character and he acted as sort of an advisor to both Warner and Juliette. He felt like the archetypical mentor figure of YA that I feel has kind of been lost in the past years’ new releases. I liked that he also tried to not completely overstep his boundaries, even though I found he could have tried to help more.

    wasn’t very central to the plot at all but I actually loved the few scenes he had

    . Some of the shitty things he did in the original trilogy were addressed and I liked how he and Warner finally started to tentatively form a relationship. Also, James keeps being adorable and precious.

    I left

    for last because he’s just the best supporting character ever. All I remembered from him is that I loved him, and now my love for him has only grown stronger. I love how supportive of Juliette he was, and he finally got some much needed bonding time with Warner. I had to laugh so much at their interactions, even when things were overall dramatic, but he’s just too fun not to love.

    There are obviously also a few new side characters, and one of them I loved most of all:

    is my Wife™ and I’m so happy that Juliette finally has a much needed female friendship. Nazeera is just too iconic and I can’t wait to see more of her in the next book.

    I have to admit I had guessed the ending’s reveal at around the halfway point of the book, but I was still super invested and there was obviously more to the ending than the *reveal*, and I had to jump up and down while reading the last few chapters because y’alL WHAT WAS THAT.

    There’s also the fact that I finished this in just a handful of hours on release date despite this being almost 500 pages long and that hasn’t happened in ages. So it’s safe to say that this

    and it felt so nice to have that experience again.

    I wish I could end my review here but I can’t in good conscience not mention the one problem I had with this book. The next part will be more of a discussion and it got a bit long so you’re free to consider this review finished. Full list of trigger warnings at the end.

    Towards the 90% mark of the ebook (idk what page that is) a trans character is introduced. That’s great, but I found the way the character was introduced super problematic.

    I will say I am a cis person and I don’t want to overstep my boundaries, but this book is just too new at the point in which I’m reviewing it and I haven’t been able to find an ownvoices trans reviewer talk about this. If you find one please send it my way.

    Anyway, the trans character literally only gets one or two lines of dialogue, and we wouldn’t know that she’s trans unless another side character pointed it out in a transphobic way, saying the trans character, whose name is Valentina, is “playing pretend”. The chapter where this happens is from Warner’s POV, who already knew about the character being a trans woman, but he doesn’t really do anything to defend her. Instead, Valentina has to defend herself, and then the matter is simply pushed aside to continue with the plot.

    I personally found this scene very bad for a few reasons:

    • the trans character is essentially outed while her twin brother is introducing her to Juliette, who hasn’t met her before

    • she’s not only outed, but also all the comments that are made about her are transphobic ones

    • Kenji, who has grown up in the world before the Reestablishment took control, acts confused as if he doesn’t understand what’s going on, AKA even after the character is outed he doesn’t seem to understand that she’s a trans woman. I don’t understand the purpose of his line at all.

    • I think this is a weird case of “queer people used for furthering a non-queer person’s narrative”, in the sense that the transphobic comments are used in order to convince the reader that the character who’s speaking, who has previously in the book already been coded as being a generally bad person, is, in fact, a bad person. Even in the best case scenario, this is just poor writing, because there were certainly other and better ways to indicate without a doubt that this character is an asshole.

    The thing is, this scene isn’t necessarily unrealistic, but I think

    The answer should always be that you are writing this

    . This scene didn’t feel at all like it was written for trans people. Especially since the comments weren’t challenged at all, and it was all so sudden and unexpected that

    As I said, everything I mentioned above are things I think of as bad because if something similar (outing etc) had happened for a rep I’m ownvoices for I would be livid. Since there are no trigger warnings in the book, in this case I’m choosing

    to stay in my lane in the hope to spare a trans person some hurt. I will be happy to link to trans reviewers once more people have read the book, but so far I haven’t really seen anything about this.

    Something else I saw

    from an Argentinean reader is that the Spanish that Valentina and her brother speak is not actually the kind of Spanish they speak in Argentina.

    Both of these issues make it clear that

    for both trans and Argentinean representation, and that’s something that especially big publishers keep doing. I think that’s something that more readers should demand because there’s nothing that hurts more than seeing bad rep.

    mention of paste abuse, mention of alcoholism, alcohol abuse, meds abuse, anxiety, panic attack on page, unchallenged transphobic comments

    _____

    Pre-read:

    I don't know are we really sure that expanding this series is necessary

    I'm going to have Juliette and Warner's PoV

  • Beatrice (beatriceinbookland)

    and I think Tahereh did the right thing by adding new books to the original trilogy. With just one book she gave the story, the world and the characters so much more depth!

    I mean, Ignite me is one of my all time favorite books but - like 99% of its readers - right after finishing i

    and I think Tahereh did the right thing by adding new books to the original trilogy. With just one book she gave the story, the world and the characters so much more depth!

    I mean, Ignite me is one of my all time favorite books but - like 99% of its readers - right after finishing it I was full of questions and doubts like

    But hey, it was painful to read sometimes, way too painful Tahereh don't you dare rob me of my Warnette (and Kenji) happy ending!

    And

    because you're going to be disappointed. Restore me, like the rest of the series,

    and yes, there's some action (the ending omg) but it's mostly politics and characters trying to fight their own demons and finding their happiness.

  • Caleb

    I’m not good. I’m not okay. I’m shook throughout my entire being.

    Going into this book I was really hesitant about it in regards to the previous three. I had fears that it would be different than them and not have the same novelty as them, but BOY.

    Although there were a few parts where things felt weird (maybe because I had basically plotted out what happened next) it was still so interesting and had so many new characters that I can’t help but fall in love with.

    There is a transgender character

    I’m not good. I’m not okay. I’m shook throughout my entire being.

    Going into this book I was really hesitant about it in regards to the previous three. I had fears that it would be different than them and not have the same novelty as them, but BOY.

    Although there were a few parts where things felt weird (maybe because I had basically plotted out what happened next) it was still so interesting and had so many new characters that I can’t help but fall in love with.

    There is a transgender character in this book who gets outed and invalidated so if that’s something you might be sensitive to, you might want to be cautious.

    Nazeera is my new fav. I realize that she is literally Amren from ACOMAF and that makes me so happy and I can’t wait to see the rest of her story in the next two books.

    I’m probably gonna give myself a buzzcut after reading this though.

    My theory is that Juliette is secretly Lorde and the next two books will be the process of writing Pure Heroine.

  • Whitney Atkinson

    TW: panic attacks, transphobia, mentions of racism

    [READ 3--second reread]

    After reading this for a third time and attending Tahereh's instagram livestream q&a, things just kinda settled into place. There's not much I need to add about how much I adore this story. And I have so much faith that the sad or questionable things that happen in this are meaningful and will be expanded upon in the next books. At this point, yeah it's not gonna be rainbows and butterflies during the year we

    TW: panic attacks, transphobia, mentions of racism

    [READ 3--second reread]

    After reading this for a third time and attending Tahereh's instagram livestream q&a, things just kinda settled into place. There's not much I need to add about how much I adore this story. And I have so much faith that the sad or questionable things that happen in this are meaningful and will be expanded upon in the next books. At this point, yeah it's not gonna be rainbows and butterflies during the year we wait for book 5, but I feel so much more eagerness than terror or dread. This story truly grasped characters I loved and somehow helped them grow yet experience new conflicts that are all realistic and complex and natural. I can't wait to see who narrates the next novella. I can't wait to find out more about her parents.

    (btw warnette didn't break up they're both just dramatic as hell so everyone pls rest)

    (also t confirmed warner and juliette will survive the series)

    (also t is literally a goddess so why ya'll worried she won't do these characters right)

    [READ 2--first reread]

    UMMMM STILL PERFECT I'M SORRY!!!! I still have some issues mainly dealing with plot hole issues that'll probably get sorted out in later books

    , but really any previous problems I had with characterization or pacing or descriptions fell away during this reread. Like I expected, the more it sinks in and feels like a real book, the better it gets. At this point, half of my review is just Shatter Me 5 predictions, so i'll try and only give my updated thoughts lmao:

    -my new favorite scene in the entire series is drunk juliette scene

    -warnette angst in this is sSO OOOO GOOD

    -i think the best line to describe this book is that juliette is dealing with "the frustration of having so much power, so much power and feeling so utterly, completely powerless" (420-421). Once you realize that, NOTHING juliette does comes off as whiney.

    -honestly unfollow me if you think warnette are whiney and weak in this book. catch me dead not supporting realistic, complex characters who aren't perfect 24/7 and still have two books of growth.

    -i don't hate adam. i'm sorry. especially with how his power could save peoples' lives in the next books, and

    he might save the day.

    -kenji is.... everything in this book. the BEST companion for juliette, being there for her and letting her rant and providing comic relief. at the same time, telling warner to get his shit together and being the cheerleader for him that he was for juliette in unravel me. you can see the loyalty and trust developing already and im EMO

    -juliette's

    is so powerful and meaningful and my least favorite thing in books is when people

    but this book broke that trope and i couldn't be more proud and i'm so happy that she's happy and she feels the best about herself and now i can't believe

    -my only complaint about this book is just the awkwardness of presence/consistency. lena is present in the book, but her only role is to be the ex-girlfriend and cause us to stereotypically start hating her, and she outs a trans character and is generally horrible and physically/verbally abusive for no real prevailing reason. the side characters from omega point we've learned to love weren't in the book except for literally like 4 mentions and maybe 2 lines of dialogue. some facts are only present in this book for one or two mentions when they should seemingly be more important, like preparing for important events or

    some parts, like warner's ring or dick tattoo, weren't even referenced at all like they were heavily in the previous trilogy.

    -anyway back to good stuff

    -CASTLE'S DEAD SONS /?? ?? ?/ 1! !!! ! !!!

    -warnette sex scenes? two thumbs up

    -things that will never be the same after this book: haircuts, bob dylan, bourbon, the word 'restore', taking anxiety medicine, the ocean, helicopters, lorde, and anyone named ella.

    [READ 1--original review]

    i'm gonna disclaim right now that when this arrived on my kindle i had such a horrendous panic attack that I thought I would have to delete my twitter and DNF this. I told my friends to spoil me how this ends because I knew I could never stand it otherwise. and i stand by the fact that i would not have made it through this book without knowing what happens. i was so terrified.

    but anyway OH MY GOD

    i don't have enough characters left in this review to make a list of all the things i loved. there were imperfect parts, and i was wary that i would have to pretend this never happened, but i can only repeat: OH MY GOD

    update: fuck it, i'm gonna make a list.

    -NAZEERA COULD CHOKE ME WITH HER BARE HANDS AND I WOULD THANK HER FOR IT. I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO BLESSED BY A FEMALE FRIENDSHIP. HER CHALLENGING KENJI ABOUT COVERING HER HAIR. HER FLIPPING HIM OFF.

    HER KINDNESS AND COMPANIONSHIP. I'M UTTERLY DECEASED

    -warner and anxiety rep. i like.... it's too soon for me to talk about this seriously but i appreciate it more than words can articulate. my heart actually aches writing this because you can never understand how validating it is for my favorite character to be affected by the same disorder as me. i was floored.

    -the diversity and discussion of political/social justice topics was [clap emoji] TOO GOOD. (BUT: *it would be a disservice to not mention that reviewers have pointed out the representation of some newer diverse characters is lacking, particularly how the Argentinian characters don't speak an accurate dialect of Spanish, and how the trans character was first outed so violently by a transphobic character.)

    -JULIETTE MOTHERFUCKING FERRARS CAN CHOKE ME I LOVE HER SO MUCH OH MY GOD AN ICON, A QUEEN, A SUPERSTAR, MADAME SUPREME OF MY HEART!!! Her comment to Lena "You can call me supreme commander of North America" ASDFHLJK;DDJD

    -james and warner talking to each other ohhhhhh my god

    -kenji and warner talking to each other ooohhhhhhh my god

    -basically anyone other than juliette having a conversation with warner

    -also juliette's conversations with warner

    -this discusses insecurity and youth and jealousy and regret and healing and ohijdso;kal;gjfdh IT'S SO GOOD

    -WARNER SPEAKING ARABIC AND SPANISH IM....... OK (NO IM NOT)

    -warner's inner monologue is......... everything. i mean that both literally because of its weight and meaningfulness, but also his sarcasm is perf

    -

    -this book takes place in march.... bitch im just sayin they better sort their shit out so i can get a HAPPY warner birthday scene

    -warner and kenji talking about girls fiduhljiasdfkjnlkfgsas

    -THAT!!!! FRIKIN!!!!! ENDING!!!!!! WHAAAATTTTTT JULIETTE FERRARS DID THAAATTTTTT

    i need a nap ok bye

    Here's the notes I typed up for my second predictions video!

    So the sampler for Restore Me came out, giving us 31 beautiful pages of content. I filmed a reaction and theories video, but here's my notes about it.

    So far, I would rate this five stars if I could. And that's not just because it's a Tahereh Mafi book--trust me, I was worried about this book. But everything so far is done really smartly and anything I'm upset about is almost entirely driven by the fact that it's not matching up with my expectations, which is an entirely unfounded criticism to make, so i'm withholding it and getting over it.

    I NEED MOOOOOOOORE!!!!!

    Well. Here we are again. I missed you, my babies. It's overdue we meet again.

    Today I woke up at 10 AM to my friend (hi Olivia) spam texting me my name over and over, and from that moment, I

    . There was Mafi news today. I was thinking maybe a novella. Maybe a rewrite from Warner's POV. Maybe

    sequel. But three books added? I didn't hear anything in any of my classes today. I've cried on and off all day. I can't focus on my homework, can't do anything except refresh Twitter. Only five hours after learning the news about the new book, I filmed a reaction and my theories for the sequel, which totaled over an hour of footage.

    I've been waiting so long for this. And since i've been so calm throughout the duration of this review, allow me to release my true feelings:

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  • Clau R.

    I missed this characters.

    BUT SHIT JUST GOT REAL OMG.

  • Melissa (Ever So Mela)

    I don't know how I'm supposed to react to that ending. To the book as a whole, actually.

    I'm just not sure this was what I was expecting. Actually, no. This was definitely not what I was expecting. Despite not being a fan of this series in the beginning, it really started to grow on me as the characters grew and the plot progressed. By the end of the third book, I swear I had to be one of its biggest fans. Beside the obvious reason of my love for the Shatter Me series (Warner in case you're wonde

    I don't know how I'm supposed to react to that ending. To the book as a whole, actually.

    I'm just not sure this was what I was expecting. Actually, no. This was definitely not what I was expecting. Despite not being a fan of this series in the beginning, it really started to grow on me as the characters grew and the plot progressed. By the end of the third book, I swear I had to be one of its biggest fans. Beside the obvious reason of my love for the Shatter Me series (Warner in case you're wondering. He is the epitome of BAE), Juliette made this series a stand out as she grew as a person. I mean, she can only improve in everything after that first book, right? Apparently not.

    After a while of just sitting here and staring at the wall, I've come to realize that the reason I'm not a fan of Restore Me is because it backpedaled in all the meaningful ways. The strong independent queen that made her presence known in Ignite Me is no where to be found. She is the same insecure petulant little girl that plagued the first book. She's insecure about the way she looks, the way she dresses, the way she talks, her lack of numerous languages spoken, EVEN about her powers!

    Which was actually one of my favorite scenes in Ignite me. That moment when she realized she had no reason to be afraid of herself anymore, that she was finally in control of who she was and what she was capable of doing. It's like all her progress flew out the window to make this book longer.

    And dear lord, that relationship!?!?!

    Talk about sabotage. WHERE ARE YOUR COMMUNICATION SKILLS?!?!? And honestly I'm rightfully mad because if this had been a constant in their friendship/relationship than it wouldn't have been a shocker. But this lack of communication on the

    of things was just heartbreaking. Their stand out trait was being able to understand each other, not constantly expect the worst, and share their most intimate thoughts that no one else was privy to but what Mafi did here? I am wholly regretting picking this up for the sole reason of ruining these two characters just to get more page time. Meaningful relationship? Thoughtful conversations?

    And Kenji, my dear Kenji. Wherefore art thou Kenji? All he was was an incessant comedic relief. It's like all the strength and resilience he brought to the first few books was no where to be found here. And every other character from the previous books? Who cares!? Cause Mafi sure as hell didn't.

    I remember reading a interview of hers a while back, when she first announced she was going to continue the series. She mentioned that when asked questions, she couldn't even remember some of the names. That she had to reread the books to get an idea of everyone. And when diving into Restore Me, that

    how it felt. Like she wasn't in the same mindset now as when she wrote the previous books. Every single one of them was completely out of tune. Hell if she couldn't remember them, how the heck are they supposed to resemble the characters we've come to know and love?

    As for the plot. What a shithole mess. I felt everything was revealed for the shock factor which honestly, didn't shock me at all. It actually did the complete opposite. It felt like a cheap tacky trick. There was this inability to weave the characters and their arcs together to give of an actual semblance of a decent story all leading up to this amateur lackluster end.

    I think I'm more than disappointed only because I cared. I wanted this to be as amazing as the rest. Needed it to be. But finding out it was the complete opposite of what I expected... I can't.

    _______________________________________

    If this is everything I'm hoping for, then this is going to be gold!

  • Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)

    MORE WARNER OMG. CRYING.

    is more info on the three new books in the Shatter Me series!

  • Rachel E. Carter

    SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY. ALL OF IT!!!!

  • Kai

    I'm...just not sure this is a good idea.

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