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Defy Me

(Shatter Me #5)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  27,567 ratings  ·  3,796 reviews

Juliette Ferrars isn't who she thinks she is.

Nothing in her world is what it seemed. She thought she'd defeated The Reestablishmen. She thought she'd finally taken control of her life, her power, and her pain. But a lifetime of lies unravelling b
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 1st 2019 by Electric Monkey (first published April 2nd 2019)
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Gothic Goldfish Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees! AND I'M SO EXITED!…moreYeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees! AND I'M SO EXITED!(less)
Desirae I like them both. (IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE BOOK, STOP READING THIS ANSWER!) At first I hated the name Ella because the people calling her that were to…moreI like them both. (IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE BOOK, STOP READING THIS ANSWER!) At first I hated the name Ella because the people calling her that were torturers and some of the most horrible people ever. But at the end when she said she didn't like Juliette because that was the name Anderson gave her, I felt so strongly for her. So, like Kenji it's really hard for me to see her as Ella, but Ella is a beautiful name and has so much more power to it in my opinion.(less)
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Whitney Atkinson
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
this one did that thing that i despise, the thing that a lot of extended series are doing. :( when we finalize something in a previous book, let's let it rest please. overall this was still fun, but only because i'm a ride or die for these characters. (kenji for president) the plot direction is having me go ???? and the world building is a bit on the weak side, but i think my expectations were so low going in knowing all the negative reactions i had seen, that i ended up enjoying the book overal ...more
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
scorching hot tea was served
we have decided to stan forever
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


This just made it to the third best book in the series for me
(Ignite me, Unravel me and Defy me).
Warnette is life. Although the ship name is not the best. And the only reasons I’m still reading this series is because of Warnette and Kenji. That’s it.

I have one word to describe this book:

And now I have to wait 1 year for the next and final book of this series.
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
“Whatever, bro. No judgment. The world’s on fire. Have some fun.”

I think that sentence indicates the overall mood of this book, because wow, the world truly is on fire. *lol* Joking aside I’ve to admit that my feelings about “Defy Me” are pretty mixed. On the one hand this was totally not what I expected it to be, but on the other hand it was still good somehow?! I don’t know how to explain this but I was kind of disappointed by how it all turned out, yet at the same time I was going with the f
Jan 24, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia
1.5 stars

Me: don’t disappoint me like Restore Me did
Defy Me: okay
Defy Me: *throws plot, characters, world building, everything into fire*
DefyTraitor Me: you told me not to disappoint you, so I made you angry

Buckle up because this is a long one. It only took me four hours to write *hysterical laugh*

And here ends my love story with the Shatter Me series. This is seriously the end, because FOR SURE I’m not picking up the last book in this ridiculous “continuation”. I gave this series all my trus
Candace Robinson
After the last book I was so scared to read this one, seriously! Juliette and Warner had gone through such a mess in the first three books, and then the last book was like, nooooooooooo! And then this, tear my freaking heart apart with the back flash scenes, already. I was balling like a baby!

I loved Juliette in this, loved Warner in this, really loved Kenji in this! Those are my three little children! Nazeera was awesome too, and her character ARC really opened up and shined here! 

There are a l
well, im starting to think that series has been two books too long...

yet again, heres another filler book. i would say only about 50 pages of this are actually vital to the plot progression and story. the other 300 feels like mafi writing fanfiction of her own books. she is really milking this story and dragging it out as long as she can, i guess.

the only reason i didnt hate this is because i still really enjoy the characters. i know im the only person on this planet who prefers adam over warner
Mar 02, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads, e-books
This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription

“It’s not insane to imagine that sometimes even horrible people are searching for a way out of their own darkness.”

🌟 Adele once said: “This is the end, hold your breath and count to ten”.
I think she was talking about Defy Me, I think this book brought the end of this series. I also had to count to ten so I don’t throw my iPad after finishing the book.
This is an angry review and your boy is about to serve some tea!

🌟 S
First of all, what was the point of this book?

Really though. What was the purpose? Did we really need a whole 352-page novel for what happened here? I don't think we did. The entire first 25% of the novel could have been removed and it would not have impacted the story in any way.

This is a series that should have remained a trilogy.

I have so many questions about the world building and about the characters and about the fact that all these things and people are coming completely out of left field
High Lady of The Night Court
This trilogy was created to show us the future of the characters after the initial trilogy. Defy Me accomplishes this while simultaneous revealing the vast history behind this world that we didn’t know existed. A past that even the characters did not know of up until the events of this book
When this past slowly unfurls its wings we also come to realise that Juliette and Warner’s past is a lot more tragic than that of Romeo and Juliet.

We see the world through Kenji, Warner, and Juliette’s perspec
Mary S. R.
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who want the series to get a little darker and its world and plot more rational
Recommended to Mary by: the need for answers!
4.5 STARS! this book defied the ‘senselessness trope’ of all the series!

Today is not forever. Happiness does not happen . Happiness must be uncovered, separated from the skin of pain. It must be claimed. Kept close.

Ladies and gentlemen, girls and boys—and transgenders of course—REJOICE! The impossible has happened, and I, Mary the Merry, hereby announce that I am writing my first five-star review of a Shatter Me book! *gasps* Is that even possible?

No, it's not; there was even a pro
I’m a mess.

This was one of my most anticipated books of the year and it kinda let me down.

I love the characters so much and they have been with me all these years but Defy Me was just a very long novella. There wasn’t a consistent plot at all just exposition after exposition and character development.

Now, I adore character driven books but this one was a filler. It would’ve been better if Tahereh just called this book a novella, but I guess the release of Shadow Me sort of ruined the novella p
Apr 17, 2018 marked it as lost-interest  ·  review of another edition
I never thought I would actually be anticipating these books and now look at me? Craaaaving for more Juliette/Warner action (BECAUSE REVELATIONS!) and some of good ol' Kenji bae! 😍 ...more
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buy-asap
*takes deep breath* ... AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH



May 7th 2018
Man idk anymore.

When I first heard there would be three more books added to this series, I had just finished Ignite Me and i was stoked let me tell youuu

Now, I realize these three books may have been a huuugeee mistake, bc this used to be my favorite series of all time, and now I'm starting to really dislike these characters which is really sad tbh

all the 'plot twists' seem so cheap and forced and none of the characters are even remotely similar to what they were in the first three novels

not to
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Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf

Review :


Honestly, I think all my opinions on this book could be summed with that one gif above.

But do you get what it means?



I think it's time to call it quits with this series. I wasn't pleased with Restore Me as it didn't really offer anything plot wise, but fuck, you give me Daddy Warner, I'll give you my soul (and my money)


So I decided, ah, fuck it. Maybe Tahereh just need to get into the groove of writing the series again after so many years. I gave it the benefit of the doubt and w
3 Stars!!

“Happiness does not happen. Happiness must be uncovered, separated from the skin of pain. It must be claimed. Kept close. Protected.”

So....where do I begin? I liked it for sure... but pretty sure this is the Shatter Me series from another dimension cuz.... WOW.

Yeah so everyone is just so watered down now. Warner is like a totally different person. Not to mention Juliet...

Whoops... I mean Ella?!?!?

Honestly I feel like what happened in this book probably could have been shortened an
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
happy birthday, warner. sorry your party is so GREAT
Eliza ☽
4 Stars

Hello, my name is Tara, and I'm starting a support group for Shatter Me stans.

Honestly, after the mess that was Restore Me, it's probably an understatement to say I was nervous for this book. I was terrified that the story and characters that are so beloved to me would be damaged beyond repair, until they were so unrecognisable from what I used to hold so dear that my memory of this series would be forever tainted.

Now that I've read it, I'm going on the record to say I should have trusted
well that was disappointing
Nouha Aouine
Apr 03, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Tahereh darling, you should have stopped at Ignite me.

:') 💔
☆ Anneli ☆
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, trashy-reads, ebooks
Defy me
Wow, this was truly a beautiful read🥺💗
Jun 05, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
Lowering my rating from 2.5 to 1.5. I’ve been thinking, and I'm just mad at this point because Tahereh Mafi took everything that was canon from the original trilogy and just tore it apart. And I spent money on this thing so there’s that too.


Welcome to 2019, the year where almost all of my most anticipated releases have let me down in some way, some more than others!

I am just so disappointed. I was expecting so much more from this. The title, the cover, the synopsis...all of these things m
Hulya Kara Yuksel
I FLOVED it! :)

(view spoiler)
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Everything in this book moves too fast, but still all the characters made me fall in love with them again, even Adam. As I always said, I loved how Mafi managed to write her books. Her words. Her idea. I must thank you for giving me Warner and Juliette and the world of Shatter Me.

Full Review to Come
alana ♡
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
"Today is not forever. Happiness does not happen. Happiness must be uncovered, separated from the skin of pain. It must be claimed."

Believe me, no one is more disappointed than me about this rating, even if I am a few months late on picking this up. But this....just felt so off compared to the first four books. I should have known what was coming though, when things went downhill with Kenji's novella. If I'm being honest this also felt more like reading fan-fiction rather than reading the ne
2.5 Stars!

I know I'm in the minority here, but honestly I really didn't see the point of this book. I'm not going to lie, when I saw Kenji had a POV I was so excited to see what was to come, but I can't even begin to explain.

Spoilers ahead please be aware, I just have too many questions!

There just seemed to be so many "twists and turns" but with this I was just bored by it. Too many tropes that didn't need to be included and not only that, but so much of it was unexplained it kind of left me fru
Abbie (boneseasonofglass)
What a wild ride

I honestly love this series
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Tahereh Mafi is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Shatter Me series. She was born in a small city somewhere in Connecticut and currently resides in Santa Monica, California with her husband, fellow author Ransom Riggs. She can usually be found over-caffeinated and stuck in a book. Shatter Me is her first series, with television rights optioned by ABC Signature Studios; Fur ...more

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Shatter Me (6 books)
  • Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)
  • Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)
  • Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)
  • Restore Me (Shatter Me, #4)
  • Imagine Me (Shatter Me, #6)

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“I love you, Ella. I will love you for the rest of my life. My heart is yours. Please don't ever give it back to me.

- Warner”
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