Mini Book Reviews: As They Slip Away, Destroy Me


Young Adult > Science Fiction > Dystopia

(Across the Univers #0.5)

Taking place on the spaceship Godspeed before Amy Martin wakes up and Elder takes leadership, this novella describes life at the Hospital during Eldest’s reign. Focusing primarily on background characters, readers will see fan-favorite characters Harley, Orion, Victria, and more.

Selene is a singer on a spaceship that only values people who can provide important skills that enhance survival. As her friends–fellow “loons” in the Hospital–start to join apprenticeships to turn their skills into valuable labor, Selene is sent with a handful of other students to learn about the importance of art from the Recorder, Orion. The assignment pairs her with a young sculptor, Luthor, and their dangerous romance proves just how terrifying living trapped on a spaceship under the rule of a heartless dictator could be.

This tragic tale explores the background of a previously unknown character, linking the history of the ship and its residents to Amy and Elder, giving depth to the world of Godspeed.


…poor Selene. Although this e-novella proved just how deranged Luthor is.

And I did learn something about Victria, Bartie, Kayleigh, and Harley. Why they acted the way they did in Across the Universe and A Million Suns. It made me realized how Elder’s friends are still human regardless of the effects of Godspeed and Eldest’s rule among them.

I saw how their friendships were before it fell apart, through Selene’s eyes, who felt like an outsider among them. I miss Harley. 😦 I kind of liked Kayleigh. And Bartie is not that bad, he’s actually cool back then. Victria is a little bit complicated. Luthor… what a waste of talent and friendship, but deranged is deranged.

Now I’m excited on how Shades of Earth will be after reading this. I hope it will be phenomenal. 😀



Kindle Edition, 48 pages

Published January 13th 2013

4/5 stars



Young Adult > Dystopia

(Shatter Me #1.5)

Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector. Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape. But when Warner’s father, The Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow.

Set after Shatter Me and before its forthcoming sequel, Unravel Me, Destroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.


…there’s something psychotic about Warner… that I really, really like. 😀

If only to have a sneek peek on Warner’s twisted mind, I really liked Destroy Me. Calling him twisted is almost an exaggeration, because Warner really is in love with Juliette. So maybe he’s just misunderstood..? Hahaha.

And I strongly felt Warner’s utter dislike (hatred?) to Adam! Well yeah, Adam’s the one, but I can’t help but be amused with Warner’s destructive imagination on what he will do to Adam once he get his hands on him. *gleeful*

I will say it again. Warner is a formidable enemy, an even likeable one for my taste. Ooh, I cannot wait for Warner-Adam throw-down!

She put my hand in the fire once.
Just to see if it would burn, she said. Just to check if it was a regular hand, she said.
I was 6 years old then.
I remember because it was my birthday.


DESTROY ME by Tahereh Mafi

Ebook , 103 pages

Published October 2nd 2012  by Harper

4/5 stars