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Defy Me

Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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Summary

Juliette and Warner’s story continues in the thrilling fifth installment of Tahereh Mafi’s New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series.

Juliette Ferrars isn’t who she thinks she is.

Nothing in her world is what it seemed. She thought she’d finally defeated the Reestablishment. She thought she’d finally taken control of her life, her power, and her pain. But Juliette has only just begun to unravel a lifetime of lies, and she finds herself faced with a familiar choice:

Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

This time, she’s not alone. Stronger, braver, and more resilient than ever, Juliette will fight for life and love with her friends by her side—but first, she has to survive the war being waged against her mind:

She has to remember who she was.

Narrated by Juliette, Warner, and Kenji Kishimoto, this gripping novel perfectly sets the stage for the highly anticipated forthcoming conclusion to the Shatter Me series.

©2019 Tahereh Mafi (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Yoli
  • 03-04-19

Eh

Audio certainly made this book more enjoyable in my opinion but I did not enjoy it. Too many convient circumstances, bad pacing, and a dump of information in the latter half of the book.

Not a fan of the romance and little action. Certainly, some funny moments but I would not recommend this book. Wish I gave up at Ignite Me but I feel too invested at this point.

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  • Annie The Audible Addict!!!
  • 16-05-19

WOW!! I WAS NOT EXPECTING THAT!!! I NEED MORE!!

Holy moly wow wow wow!! THE WHOLE TIME!! THE WHOLE TIME?? This took a twist that I was not even expecting..and I am so fascinated with it!! I seriously need more asap!! Tahereh Mafi is amazing!! This book was really great, and it just flew by..I was so drawn in that before I knew it, it was over...Juliette and Warner are really lucky to even be alive after all that has happened to them...and all these other young people with supremes as parents...are all messed up to!! I think some really big stuff is about to go down and it's going to be insane!! I need a new book asap!! I 1 MILLION PERCENT RECOMMEND THIS SERIES!!!

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  • Shorty
  • 03-10-19

Never Before

Never before had i ever been able to say that i had a favorite author. Nor a favorite book. After this series, after hearing her words. I have found THE author and book that i could recommend a thousand times over to people. This book resonated with me and will forever be my favorite series I will have ever read.

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  • ValientZero
  • 18-09-19

amazing As bloody always

I loved this book. I always love these books but the three actors doing the voices and point-of-use was really nice.also she always has a way to throw me through a loop of twists and turns of this whole series. not sure I will ever get used to Juliet being called Ella but give me time. absolutely fantastic 10 out of 10 would recommend.

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  • Beanie
  • 09-09-19

finishing series because I am invested...

overall I gave this book 4 stars because I am still invested in the overall story.
I only have 3 stars for the performance because it seems that the three narrators did not receive the same notes. the accents and overall demeanor of the characters would change dramatically between the three narrators. individually, their performances were good but, they did not mean well together.
the stand alone story of this book has more plot holes than Swiss cheese. I truly hope that the final instalment brings some cohesiveness to what has become a flailing, rushed mess.

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  • Jay-Tiz
  • 04-08-19

Defy Me Book Review

I had been anticipating the release of this novel. I had spent the previous two months rereading the series in preparation for the release of this fifth installment in the Shatter Me series. After finishing Restore Me, I had high expectations for this novel. I was somewhat nervous in reading it. Mafi had announced that there would only be one more novella and novel following Defy Me, so I was hesitant in reading this one. I was scared that this novel was going to either make or break the finale for me.

As with the previous novels in the series, Defy Me held my attention throughout. I have enjoyed reading all of them so far, but I do have to admit that Defy Me fell short of the pace the others had for me. As soon as I picked one of the other books in the series, I had to force myself to put them down. However, Defy Me was easier for me to put down and do without picking it back up. Now, I was busier when reading this book than I was when I read the four previous books, and I went through several days without picking it up. However, I didn't have much desire to pick it back up right away. Naturally, I had to ask myself why that was.

The main reason I found that kept me from staying invested in the story was that it had a lot more back-flashes and background information in them. I just wanted the story to go on forward. I didn't enjoy the amount of backstory that was included. It slowed the tension of the story for me, and essentially, that was the main reason I didn't care much for picking the book back up right away.

Now, let me clarify that, I still enjoyed the events that took place in the story. Though the background info was a no for me, I was still fascinated with what was going on in the present for the characters. I will also admit that out of all the books in the series, this is the one that I found Juliette to be the most tolerable. I had mentioned in previous reviews how I wasn't too into Juliette, but this one was not bad. Before, I didn't care for the whole love triangle that carried the series, and I was very much glad that the very triangle I loathed was absent in this novel. With all of that said, I cannot wait to see how Mafi closes out the series. I am getting anxiety just thinking that is it . . . that is all for the series. I can't bear the reality of that right now. 

Audible Review:

Simses continues the narration of the Shatter Me series and is joined by Fouhey, who narrates Warner's portions of the novel, and Adam, who narrates Kenji's. I really enjoyed their work; though, like with the previous novel in the series, the narration at 1.0 speed was too slow for me. Their narration at 1.25 speed was the slowest speed I would listen at. The best speed for me was 1.50. For those of us who like to multitask and listen on the go, I recommend listening at a either 1.50 speed or 1.75 speed, so one does not miss anything. For those who are listening while reading the book, I found 2.0 and 2.5 speed to be the best speeds. 3.0 and 3.5 speed was too fast for me, and I was missing a lot of what the narrator was saying and had to eventually slow down the narrator's reading speed. 

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19-06-19

Nothing much happened...

Nothing much noteworthy happened in this volume. And I've forgiven the hundreds of plot holes in this story including the overly dramatic and whiny heroine. However, to reveal that the main villain from the previous books is actually alive and kicking is just,,, *face palm* There are many other plausible villains the author can use to develop the story further but to use the "old villain is still alive" cliche makes this continuation hard to stomach. Sometimes, it's best to keep dead people dead and move on!

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  • Roderick J McInnis
  • 13-06-19

Very disappointed

This would have been a decent story had it been three volumes instead of 5 and counting, I have decided that this is being written just like a TV series that goes on and on as long as people keep watching. How many times will Juliette be captured? How many more times will she be betrayed? How many more times does she make a miraculous escape?

What I wanted, what I expected, was for this book to be the conclusion.

I also feel a bit cheated: I pay as much for this 7 hour books as I do for a volume of Outlander or Game of Thrones, which might be 40 hours.

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  • tracey
  • 12-06-19

Over it

He past two books have been fillers with no excitement no substance and no plot...the first three books were great but this is a classic example of just leaving well enough alone.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-05-19

unsatisfied

This book was very short with no real meat of a story to it. Very unlike prior books.