Defy me

“A book with unexpected turns and a good ending”.


Defy Me is the fifth part of the Touching-Juliette series. The story starts with the last scene of the previous book Restore Me, but you read it from Kenji’s perspective. If you’ve read Shadow Me, Kenji’s short story, the first chapter will overlap with a chapter from Shadow Me. After the explosive ending of Restore Me, you really want to know what’s gonna happen next. Juliette has been kidnapped and is very far from Sector 45. Juliette must try to sort out her memories. She is torn with grief and the darkness that is still lurking in her threatens to take over. Due to unexpected events, there still seems to be a chance to escape.


In this part you read from three perspectives: Juliette, Warner & Kenji. I was very happy with this as it is no secret that I am a big fan of Kenji. However, I found that all three characters in this book were written somewhat superficially. There was a bit of depth in the characters, but not as what we are used to from Tahereh Mafi.

At one point I also found that everyone’s life had suddenly collapsed and that it was all very sad. I was quite annoyed about this. Luckily this all gets better, but I found it a bit dramatic. I also thought that there were quite a lot of plot twists in the book. Actually just a bit too much of them.

The end of the book is what made the book a very good book. I have heard different opinions and stories about the end of the book – people either loved or absolutely dreaded it. I actually thought it was a good ending. I can’t wait for Imagine Me to come out.

I think if this book didn’t emphasize Juliette, Warner and Kenji, I wouldn’t think it was that great. Of course it helps a lot that these characters are in my top 5 characters. So if you’re not a huge fan of their characters (which is kind of unlikely because they are so likeable, haha), that this part in the series isn’t the part for you.


The fifth part in a great series, with a slightly less spectacular part. Except that there are a lot of plot twists in this book, the characters were written a bit superficially. Still, I do think the end of this book made the book a good book.

Product information
Written by: Tahereh Mafi
Pages: 357
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780062676399
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