Defy Me

Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi
Tahereh Mafi
Star Rating
Reviewer's Rating
Mar 27, 2024

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

This book picks up directly after Juliette and most of her friends have been captured by the Reestablishment. Not knowing who to trust after having her world turned upside down, Juliette must find a way to escape while maintaining her sanity, which seems to be harder than she initially thought. 

I remember waiting anxiously for this book to come out, and being so very excited as I got my hands on a copy before it was officially released. I was enraptured by the story, but rereading it years later, I’ve got to say I’m a bit disappointed. This book gets downright weird, and completely disregards many of the previous books choosing to start an entirely new storyline. I remain confused on how exactly any of this connects to the original series. It’s also very clearly YA, which is no longer my go to. The writing is pretty cliché, and starts to contradict some past information, as if the author decided she wanted to go this route after the previous books had already been published (my theory exactly). The rest of the series is far from perfect, but this book in particular rubs me the wrong way. I will give some points for the fact that I legitimately enjoyed it when I was younger, even if that is no longer the case. 3 out of 5 stars.

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