Hi, welcome again to Project 62 aka ‘Warner Centric Countdown to Ignite Me.’ This week I’m baring it all. I’ll give you my very lengthy reason on why I love this couple (rather too much). I poured my heart and soul in here. I might have touch a very sensitive topic (*coughs* Adam *coughs*) but I bear no ill intention, just stating the fact. So sorry for the fangirling, but I love them too much, and I just needed it out in the open. So here it goes, my short (I kinda had to shortcut it, this wasn’t the entirety of it) shipper’s manifesto.

Shipper’s Manifesto: a public declaration of fannish love for a particular pairing or ship. [*]

A LOVE LIKE WAR:  Aaron Warner and Juliette Ferrars Manifesto

Let me start this manifesto with a confession: I don’t just love, I ship hard. Yes, people, I ship hard. I sometimes go all out. And when I support a fandom couple I give my all out support and love. And this is what I’m trying to achieve, albeit poorly executed.

“I know what your little heart has always longed for. I can give you the acceptance you seek. I can be your friend.”

Warner; Shatter Me

I was never as deeply engrossed as I am with Juliette and Warner. I think I have mentioned somewhere that I didn’t exactly love Shatter Me the first time I read it. In fact, if you read my review, it was all sorts of negative. I give it another try; I was for the lack of better word, mesmerized the second time. And totally captivated the third time. It’s like I missed out on something that was blatantly obvious. It was genius. The prose? Enchanting. And Warner? Complicatedly fascinating. I might have missed out the scorching chemistry between them at first.  Their whole set-up was…complex.

“I pushed you too far, too hard, did things to horrify and disgust you and I did it all on purpose. Because that’s how I was taught to steel myself against the terror in this world.”

Warner; Unravel Me

Warner had Juliette as a captive, a project, and ultimately wanted as a weapon. And if Juliette wasn’t, well, Juliette, I think he will not change his plan. He will use her as a weapon for war. But what changes? Ah, that’s what I’m trying to analyze. It’s not like they jumped into it. Juliette was with Adam. I don’t even question that she’d loved him. In what range? That for me made it different. I guess she fell in love with him because he’s the very first person who acknowledged her. And I think Juliette was overwhelmed with all the initial and sincere reaction from another person. Does it make it insincere? No, I don’t think so, but they were building a relationship in an unsturdy foundation.

“I want her to know that I understand now. That I didn’t understand before. She and I really are the same; in so many more ways than I could’ve known.” 

– Warner; Destroy Me

I also don’t think Warner was in love (or something similar) with Juliette at the beginning. Fascination? Maybe. I’m pretty sure he wanted her in a way he originally wanted her to be. But the person that is Juliette made it all changed. He never expected that Juliette was someone like him. Someone who has an identical burden he is carrying.

“My priorities, shifted. My concentration, destroyed. Everything I care about right now revolves around one person, and for the first time in my life, it’s not myself.”

– Warner; Destroy Me

He watched her. He observed her. And the more he found out about her, the more he understands her. That journal means a lot to him that it is for Juliette. Learning about her experiences through her journal is like someone translating his pains into words. And for the first time ever, he wanted to someone to understand him too—someone who knows what it is to be him.

“But I’ve developed a strange, frightening faith in who Warner really is and who he has the capacity to become. I want to find the 19-year-old boy who would feed a stray dog.

I want to believe in the boy with a tortured childhood and an abusive father. I want to understand him. I want to unravel him.

I want to believe he is more than the mold he was forced into.”

– Juliette; Unravel Me

The thing is Juliette is very interested on knowing Warner. No matter how much she denies herself of knowing the guy that shares the same pain as she is. She was reluctant because she was considering Adam’s feeling as well as the treatment she got from him before. But she was drawn to him just like Warner is to her. They’re both interested on each other.

“He has no idea who she is. No idea what she’s about to become.”

– Warner; Destroy Me

I had all things laid out; rebuttals, evidence, observation…theory. The whole enchilada. But I didn’t foresee one angle, two words, Fracture Me. This changed the ball game. The court is without a doubt in Warner’s. I have all these things in my head. I want to draw parallels to support my choice. But it was laid out on me in nice e-novella package. Warner was right, Adam didn’t know Juliette. He doesn’t know her feelings. He doesn’t know her thoughts. He doesn’t know who she is and what she is capable of. So why, thank you, Adam, it made my life easier and it gave me a huge sigh of relief. Because you must be dense not to see who is clearly the right one for her.

“In other ways, I’ve come to realize that being away from him has forced me to rely on myself. To allow myself to be scared and to find my own way through it. I’ve had to train without him, fight without him,”

– Juliette; Unravel Me

I do not even doubt Adam and Juliette’s relationship at the beginning. It was actually logical how they came to be. But I am questioning the intensity of their emotions to each other. And no, I’m not judging Adam and his love for his little brother. I admired him for that. This is Adam’s characteristic that I really liked. His loyalty to his brother is commendable. I’m actually questioning if it’s enough for the both of them, particularly to Juliette. And having learned from Adam himself solidified that in fact it wasn’t strong, just like the way I saw it. And if the foundation wasn’t strong, the bricks will fall. It will crumble down. Juliette has so many rejections in her life already. From her family. From other people. From almost every one. She doesn’t have much confidence in herself already with all these negativity surrounding her. And to have someone who thought of her in negatively  is not only unbeneficial but a limitation to her own growth. Juliette also realized how she relied too much on Adam and detered her from growing strong, from being her own person. Furthermore, Adam didn’t even acknowledge that she did grow. She’s not weak and useless.

“You’re going to go on to do incredible things,” he says. “I’ve always known that. I think I just wanted to be a part of it.”

– Warner, Unravel Me

Ideally, Warner’s methods at the beginning were cruel but he admitted that and apologized to her. He doesn’t know any other options because he, himself, was raised in the same harsh treatment in much harsher environment. He knows so well that she has potential lying dormant in her. And he wanted to push those out of her, he know she can be someone truly great. He wants to be part of it.

 “Maybe it’s because I see myself, I see 3, 4, 5, 6, 17-year-old Juliette abandoned, neglected, mistreated, abused for something outside of her control and I think of Warner as someone who’s just like me, someone who was never given a chance at life.”

– Juliette; Unravel Me

Ultimately I wanted them together because they know how it like to have no one and to know what it feels to have someone. At least Adam has James; Juliette and Warner knew cruelty from the people that supposed to love them. I think that’s why Warner relates too much on Juliette. Like the way Juliette relates on Warner. Because both of them knows very well how to fill those gaps that been missing from being unloved.

“I think I understand you sometimes,” I tell him. “I really do. But just when I think I finally get you, you surprise me. And I never really know who you are or who you’re going to be.” I look up. “But I know that I don’t hate you anymore. I’ve tried,” I say, “I’ve tried so hard. Because you’ve done so many terrible, terrible things. To innocent people.

To me. But I know too much about you now.

I’ve seen too much. You’re too human.”

– Juliette; Unravel Me

I really love them together. They just perfectly right together. I’m not even gonna add their undeniable chemistry (psst!!! Chapter 62!) into the equation. The fact that Warner isn’t affected by Juliette’s ability. That’s another solid testament of their compatibility. But I didn’t discuss it anymore since I wanted to highlight how identical these two and how one can fit into each other’s life. I want Juliette to be the strong woman that she really is. And I want someone to push her in that direction. And Warner is the person that can do that. The person who have so much confidence on her. I also want Warner to stop hiding himself. I want someone who can see him for who he really is. That he’s human and not some monster that most people think. And Juliette knows that he’s not that, that his experiences, just like her, had forged him to be the man that he is now. Both Juliette and Warner are capable of change—for the better.

I want them together. Badly. Oh so badly. It was overwhelming for me to see how they grow and be the person that they can be by helping each other. I’m so excited to read Ignite Me. With the revelation happened in Unravel Me, and recently in Fracture Me, I’m confident that their stories are heading in the right direction.


– Juliette; Unravel Me

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