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The dystopian fantasy world has given its fair share of predictions about how the apocalypse can erupt. If this decade has proved something about the novel world then it is this; the dystopia genre is not going anywhere, and it has nothing to do with the current political conditions of the globe. While Mafi didn’t seem to have any plans of breathing any more life into the Shatter Me series after the last book of the trilogy was revealed, her announcement last year changed that.

After the last installment, or what seemed to be the final one, another one was to come out. Followed by two more. The series was to have three more to add to the collection. The story that paused with Ignite Me, the third book, was to be rebirthed with Restore Me. And now that Restore Me is up on shelves, the question is; how well is it doing? A quick glimpse at the reviews of this novel proves that it has indeed garnered a lot of 5-stars.

“But the thing I’d most like to say, above all else, is this: these books are still alive and thriving — 6 years after their initial publication — because of the fans,” Mafi had said in a previous interview. And she couldn’t have been more right. Her fans are loving how the story has continued even though they have spotted a few flaws. That’s called a loyal fanbase. The book, as Mafi had mentioned, was fun for her to write. But that is not all; it is also up to par with the expectations that most fans had set.

It continues from where Ignite Me left off and takes readers on a journey of more heartache. The end of the book managed to leave fans wondering about what would happen in the next part despite the fact that the middle of the book held a few unwanted surprises that most fans didn’t exactly enjoy. Between the third part and the fourth part, Mafi gave readers another series as well called Furthermore which didn’t do as well as her debut trilogy.

For those who aren’t aware, Shatter Me series is being made into a TV show. And while not many details have come out and not much has been decided, it is in the works. Tahereh Mafi, on the other hand, is also working on another book on a completely different subject. The name of the book is “A Very Large Expanse of Sea” and this novel would be close to Mafi’s own experiences. Suffice to say, we’ll be seeing something more on a personal note in her upcoming work.

Los Angeles Times reveals what Mafi has said about the plot of this book. “It’s about being a teenage girl in this complicated world who happens to be Muslim,” Mafi told the publication. “All she really wants is to be a break dancer, and she wants to have a normal life.” Harper Collins will be publishing it in October. As reported, the book is set in post 9/11 America and told from the perspective of Shirin, a Muslim hijab-wearing teen. Here’s to another step toward diversity in voices in the storytelling village.

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