Believe Me was a perfect ending to a perfect series

*This review contains spoilers for the Shatter Me series. 

The Shatter Me series, by Tahereh Mafi, is about a girl named Juliette Ferrars with a lethal touch who has been in an asylum for over 264 days. She receives a new cellmate named Adam, which leads to them escaping the asylum. However, this only led up to her ending up in a new cell of sorts, except this “cell” is luxurious, and yet she is still not free as she wishes to be.

Juliette is captured and taken to a military base by Warner, who is the antagonist in Shatter Me. The character development that Warner experiences throughout the series is astonishing because he went from being my most hated character to my favorite.

Throughout the last few novels, you meet multiple characters from places in the world who speak a unique number of languages.

There are many new characters that I met in the last few books who turn out to be my favorite. In the series, The Last Arc is mostly skipped; people mainly read The First Arc then completely forget about the second, or they just don’t read it. The last few novels give you not only a ton of information on Juliette’s background, but the end of the fourth book, Restore Me, contains the biggest plot twist of the entire series.

Based on how Believe Me was going at the beginning, I thought that Juliette was going to have more problems with the government. Then, I realized the novel only had around two hundred pages, so there was no way that they could resolve a problem that fast. At the end of the book, or rather the last few chapters, the story ended with an extremely sweet conclusion.

The moon is a loyal companion. It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do.”

— Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

Throughout the novel, I was feeling an abundance of emotions, rafting from confusion to joy. Julliette was acting sort of odd at the beginning of the story, which made me suspicious that something was wrong. The entire novel is told from the point of view of one character, who happens to not be Juliette. The way that this character viewed everything showed me how much he has grown throughout the series.

If there is one thing I could change about this last book, I wish that the story had more scenes with Nazeera Ibraham. Nazeera ends up becoming a close friend to Julliette, and I wish I got to see more of her.

Nazeera is only one character to whom I ended up growing very attached, but there are so many more people that helped influence the plot significantly. The last scene in the series was very well written and very bittersweet since I knew it was the end and I would never be able to read the books for the first time again.

I was able to convince a friend of mine to start the series; she is now on the second novel and can’t wait for the next. The Shatter Me series is a rollercoaster of emotions because when you think you know what’s happening next, the exact opposite occurs. Once I finished the fourth book, I practically ran to get the next, and the one after that. I have loved every second of the series, and I hope Tahereh Mafi writes another book, and soon.