Center Stage is a monthly feature hosted by Ginger-Read Reviews, in which we highlight a character from the books we've read in the past month.
July 2013 Center Stage Character:
Warner from the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi
I love participating in this meme because it gives me the chance to write as much about a character as I want. With reviews, I feel the need to rein in the character discussions somewhat in order to talk about the book as a whole. I think Warner is a character who would agree with me that a single paragraph devoted to him is nowhere near sufficient.
This guy . . . . Where to start?! From the moment he showed up in Shatter Me, he commandeered my brain, messed with it repeatedly (and he's probably not done yet, either), and refuses to be dislodged from it. Seriously, I haven't been able to stop thinking about him since I finished Unravel Me a few days ago.
This isn't even a love-hate type of situation here. I am utterly fascinated by Warner's character. Every time Juliette and I believe we might have made a sliver of progress figuring him out, he does something unexpected. That may be putting it mildly.
My cousin Melissa had been nagging me to death to read this series. Now that I'm up to date, she has accused me of loving Warner just to spite her because she'd told me before I started Shatter Me that there was nothing to like about Warner in that book. I beg to differ. Melissa's opinion of him has changed since reading Destroy Me and Unravel Me, but she continues to think that I love Warner because she said I wouldn't. Again, I beg to differ. As my cousin, Melissa should know that I am not normal. I laugh at things in books that no one else would find funny. I hate books everyone else loves. I love characters everyone else hates. So, really, it comes as zero surprise that I love Warner. He and I totally have this in common:
"I have an extremely low threshold for disorder; it offends my very being." — Destroy Me, Chapter 2
And here are a few more of my favorite Warner quotes, just because:
"At least I'm honest about being a liar." — Shatter Me, Chapter 14
"Love is a heartless bastard." — Destroy Me, Chapter 21
"My loyalties lie with those who know how to live." — Unravel Me, Chapter 54