In a world where there is so much to grieve and so little good to take? I grieve nothing. I take everything.

–Warner, Unravel Me

Aaron Warner Anderson is the main character alongside Juliette and the short-term antagonist in the Shatter Me Series. He is the son of Supreme Commander Anderson and Leila Warner, and the half-brother of Adam Kent and James Kent. He is the Chief Commander and Regent of Sector 45.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Early Life[edit | edit source]

Warner was born to Leila Warner and Paris Anderson. His father abused him from a very young age, whipping him every year on his birthday as "gifts". Aside from the whippings, his father never allowed him to have birthday presents from anyone. Anderson thought that giving him gifts would make Warner weak and dependent on others. His first and only actual gift was from his mother. It was a green ring that he now always wears on his pinkie. She gave it to him on his sixth birthday as a distraction while they hid from Anderson and told him a story of a man carving the jade ring off the color of Warner's eyes. Throughout much of Warner's life his father taught him to be cold, unfeeling, and to bury his emotions.

He spent a large part of his life training. His father taught him how to shoot a gun when he was nine years old. Many times, Anderson woke up to find his son trying to kill him in his sleep, but every time, Warner broke down and could not follow through with it.

His mother, who was sick from her power, needed to be "stored" in a house away from the compounds. Warner took her last name, and asked to be the leader of Sector 45 in order to stay in close proximity to her. He used the resources he received as sector leader to try and find a cure for his mother.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

Personality[edit | edit source]

Warner comes off as cruel and calculated, meticulous about his hygiene and wardrobe, and a detail-oriented perfectionist. He rules Sector 45 with an iron fist and can shoot a man dead without batting an eye. As a result, his soldiers see him as a sick, twisted psychopath. Due to his violent upbringing, Warner knows little about showing affection, so he assumes he can win Juliette over with luxurious gifts and is surprised when she doesn't accept them.

Despite his reputation, Warner shows his humanitarian side when he visits civilians at their homes, showing concern for their problems and trying to fix them. His childhood experiences have left him with zero tolerance for domestic abusers and a willingness to take action against them.

At first, Warner's behavior toward Juliette is coercive and manipulative. But this is later revealed to be a front, as Warner's life is monitored and documented, and he didn't want his father catching on to his true intentions with Juliette. Once he's taken hostage by Omega Point, where his behavior is under less scrutiny, he starts interacting with her as an equal, showing genuine affection for her.

Warner shows a great capacity for forgiveness after Juliette shoots him and rejects him romantically. He goes to great lengths to keep her safe, and later proves to be an excellent teacher when he trains her in combat. Despite not caring about the surviving members of Omega Point, he agrees to house them in his private quarters because that's what Juliette wants, and he loves her enough to make it happen.

Though he appears confident and self-possessed, Warner lets his guard down around Juliette, passionately declaring his love for her and revealing his secret insecurities about all his soldiers hating him. Due to the pride he takes in his appearance, he's self-conscious about the scars on his back and acts jittery when Juliette sees them. His passion and love for Julliette lead him to feel delirious when around her.

His most notable responsibilities as the leader of Sector 45 include: Overseeing all 3,700 soldiers currently housed on base and communicating with other H.O.S. (Head of Sectors) on defense strategies. R.A.F. rules and regulation, work and housing concerns for citizens, and the further development of every stage in the evolving world.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Warner is first described by Juliette as beautiful, perfect, and flawless. He is 19 years of age, has blond hair and green eyes usually described as pale emerald. He has a defined and strong jaw, and dimples when he smiles. He is tall, slender and toned, but also manly, has clear skin, but not pale, just with a slight tan enough to look healthy. His height is 5'9, he is said to have a vigorous diet consisting of six small meals a day and two hours of training. He has a firm stance and always looking to perform flawlessly.

Warner has scars on his back, all of which he explains as "gifts" from his father for each of his birthdays since he was six years old until his eighteenth birthday. He has two tattoos: one is the word IGNITE (which stands for 'I Grieve Nothing I Take Everything') on his upper back and the second tattoo is one of Shakespeare's quotes from The Tempest: "Hell is empty, and all the devils are here" which is located below his hipbone.

Special Abilities[edit | edit source]

Power Absorption: Warner can borrow other people's powers by absorbing their energies. Shown when he accidentally harmed Kenji with Juliette's powers, made himself invisible using Kenji's powers, crushed with his bare palms through concrete in the ground in Omega point when showing Juliette his ability, and when he healed Juliette with Sara and Sonya's powers. There was another occasion when he used Castle's ability to hold up rubble that almost fell on top of Juliette while she was training with Kenji in his training room. Also, when he was shot by Ibrahim, he used his father's new healing powers to partially heal his bullet wound.

Energy Sensing: Warner is able to sense the energy of others. It is through his ability to sense the energy of others that he can sense their feelings. However, it does not work as efficiently when his feelings are involved.

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Juliette Ferrars[edit | edit source]

Juliette is Warner's wife. In Shatter Me they are not close, with Juliette oblivious to his feelings and thinking of him as a monster. When Warner kisses her, she shoots him and runs away. Later, in Ignite Me, Juliette admits her love for him. In Restore Me, Juliette finds out that Warner has been torturing her sister and momentarily breaks up with him. He is left heartbroken. They get back together in the next book. In Defy Me Warner also proposes to Juliette. In Imagine Me at the end Warner and Juliette get married.

Main article: Juliette and Warner

Paris Anderson[edit | edit source]

Warner despised Anderson, and as a child, Anderson beat and whipped him. In Destroy Me, it is revealed that Anderson is quite emotionally as well as physically abusive to Warner, yet forces him into very unrealistic expectations. In Unravel Me, Anderson points out that over the course of his son's childhood, he had woken up to Warner trying to shoot him in his sleep at least 10 or 15 different times. Anderson also makes a point of shooting Juliette in front of him, simply to take away the one thing Warner ever actually cared about (besides his mother).

Adam Kent[edit | edit source]

Adam is Warner's half-brother. Adam learnt of this upon seeing the Supreme Commander, who was Warner's father, but Adam recognized as his own, who had long ago abandoned him and his younger brother, James. Warner hated Adam, and thought he was a mindless soldier, and was heartbroken when Juliette ran away with him. Adam also hated Warner, thinking he was a psychopathic monster. After the revelation of how Warner, Adam and James were related, Warner makes the first steps towards bonding, and afterwards move on to become brothers. Warner never really hated Adam, but he very much disliked him.

Leila Warner[edit | edit source]

Warner had a strong relationship with his mother; she cared for him as a child, and she shielded him from Paris Anderson when he was angry. He visited her several times every year, including her birthday. Warner had been trying to find a cure for his mother's illness, but she died in Ignite Me, and Warner grieved her loss greatly. It is found that Warner was looking for Juliette to find a cure for her as Juliette and Leila have similar abilities.

James Kent[edit | edit source]

James also is Warner's half-brother. Warner is very nervous around James, but James is carefree and laid-back around Warner. Until Imagine Me, James is not aware of his genetic ties to Warner because Adam convinced him their parents died in a plane crash, and doesn't think he's quite ready to know yet. While with Anderson at the beginning of Imagine Me, Anderson reveals the truth about his family.

Shatter Me=[edit | edit source]

Warner ordered Adam to bring Juliette to see him. Warner proposes that Juliette should join his team in order to torture people for him. He previously sent Adam to spy on Juliette to check if she was insane or actually capable of human interaction. Juliette declines his offer, which seemingly makes Warner displeased. He begins to threaten her but with no luck. He forces her to comply.

Warner later invites Juliette to dinner. He comments on her clothes, but she continues to ignore and loathe him. After Warner referred to Juliette as 'love', she replied with a nasty comment to Warner, which causes Warner to get out his gun and blindly shoot a platter of food, seemingly to intimidate her.

As he accompanies Juliette to her room, he explains that they do not need to be enemies and once again proposes that both of them could be unstoppable together. Once again, she declines. She asks for Warner's first name, however instead of telling her, he bargains by asking her to touch him. Juliette refuses to touch him, so Warner asks a solider named Jenkins to touch Juliette instead, knowing full and well that this will end in the soldier's harm.

Warner is next seen by Juliette on Warner's bed. His hands are on her shoulders as he tries to comfort her after she almost killed Jenkins.

The next day, Warner wakes Juliette up and he accompanies her back to her room. Juliette notices that his soldiers are scared of her as word spreads quickly of Juliette's power. Warner merely says he made Jenkins come in contact with her skin to protect her, though Juliette doubts him.

Warner leads Juliette up to rows of soldiers. On their way, Juliette makes a remark about his "poor mother", and Warner suddenly becomes startled and nervous. Once Juliette explains that she had only been trying to make a joke, he eventually settles, although the rest of the trip is made in silence. He introduces Juliette to the army and abruptly announces that Seamus Fletcher has been stealing food and supplies then shoots him for his actions. He dismisses the soldiers after Fletcher is killed. When the pair are out of sight, Juliette grabs Warner's shirt and insults him, calling him cruel for callously killing a man. 

Warner meets with Juliette the next day. He compliments her appearance but she doesn't look at him. He orders Juliette to have dinner with him. 

One week passes and both Warner and Juliette have been spending more time with each other. Warner continues to watch Juliette's every move. He escorts her everywhere, he decides where she will be at each part of the day.

Warner shows distrust towards Juliette when she asks for her cameras to be taken down. He also shows signs of amusement towards her actions, but when he discovers a notebook hidden in her dress, he realizes that she and Adam were plotting to escape. When the two make their actual run, Warner's hand brushes Juliette's leg in an attempt to stop her, and he finds out, like Adam, he can touch and be unharmed by Juliette.

Days later, Warner and his soldiers find Adam, Kenji, and Juliette in the building where Adam's brother is taught. Warner shoots Adam and he is dragged into a slaughterhouse, awaiting death. Warner then sees Juliette, and backs her up against a wall. He tells her that he is in love with her, and when he leans forward to try to kiss her, Juliette sees a gun in his jacket, and pretends to be attracted to him in order to distract him enough to steal the gun. Juliette succeeds, although not before realizing that she likes his kiss, and when she gets the gun, she shoots him in the shoulder and runs off to find Adam.

Unravel Me[edit | edit source]

In Unravel Me, Warner is first seen feeding a starving dog in the cold while no one is looking. Juliette, however, watches his actions in disbelief. She thought of him as a monster, but the boy in front of her surely is not a monster. In her haste to get away, she knocks a few things over, and Warner sees her. Kenji arrives on-scene and projects onto her in order to escape.

Warner is next seen when Juliette shoots his father, Anderson, in the legs, and nearly kills him. Kenji intervenes and knocks out Warner, and together they go back to Omega Point. Warner is placed in a holding cell, where he rages and demands to see Juliette. During the multiple times when she comes to "interrogate" him, they have intense conversations and get to know each other better.

Soon, but before the battle with Anderson, Warner deceives Castle and tells him he wants to join the resistance. Castle readily agrees and Warner is let out of his room. After Castle announces this to the people of Omega Point in the mess hall, there is an angry riot, and Juliette runs out with Adam close behind. Warner catches her in the hallway, and Warner and Adam argue. Kenji comes out to intervene and ends up touching both of them, while Juliette has a hand on Warner's chest. Warner transfers her power accidentally into Kenji's body, and Kenji is taken to the medical wing after being nearly killed.

Juliette panics, and Warner pulls her off into a dimly lit side hallway, and using Warner's power-transfer capability, together, they punch through the floor. Then, Warner starts to ask Juliette something, but Juliette hears Adam calling her name, and tells Warner she'll be right back. But when she returns, he is gone.

Warner goes to her room, and asks to talk to Juliette. She opens the door for him, and Warner asks her to come with him in an escape he has planned. He tells her that he is in love with her, and kisses her. She does not refuse. They end up tangled in her bed, but when he says to her that "I want it to be different now. I want you to call me Aaron", she chokes and thinks of Adam, and shoves down her true feelings for Warner. Angry and tremendously hurt, Warner leaves.

During the battle, when Juliette goes to a house on unregulated territory to meet with Anderson, he summons Warner there, and tells him to shoot her, because Anderson thinks that his infatuation with Juliette is unhealthy and is a sign of weakness. Warner refuses, and Anderson shoots her himself, then leaves Warner to "clean up". Sonya and Sara arrive, and Warner convinces them to grab his arms so he can transfer their healing power into Juliette.

Warner takes Juliette up into his childhood bedroom, and sleeps with her until she wakes.

Ignite Me[edit | edit source]

In the third installment of the Shatter Me trilogy, Ignite Me, we learn that Warner is not a monster, but lied about his obsession with the Reestablishment and wants to help Juliette fight back. He stays with her on Sector 45 base and takes her to see Omega Point, even though he tells her that it was destroyed. When he takes her there, they run into Kenji, and Warner takes Kenji's power and uses it to make himself invisible. He hands Juliette a pager and tells her that if she needs him, she needs to press the pager.

Warner revealed to Juliette that everything he had done to her was to protect her. He admitted that he had been cold and cruel, that he didn't know any other way because it was all he was ever taught as a child and also due to the immense security that monitored him every moment of the day. He said he would never do it to her again now that he knows her. Warner says the reason he had made a spectacle out of her with Jenkins was because his soldiers had to see what she was capable of so they would not harass her. He wanted to see the true extent of Juliette's powers.

Juliette leaves with Kenji when he tells her there are other survivors, and Warner goes back to the base. When Juliette repeatedly presses the pager during a tense fight with Adam, Warner arrives and makes sure Juliette is alright. Juliette tells him that Adam told her to leave, and pleads him to let her friends move in on base with them to train for another attempt at rebellion. Reluctantly, Warner agrees.

Juliette and Warner train with Kenji and the survivors after the bombing of Omega Point. Juliette discovers that she has the ability to control her lethal touch, therefore having the ability to touch anyone she wants. With this realization, she can choose whoever she wants to be with, and Juliette recognizes her love for Warner. She admits this to him, and they go on to sleep together.

Adam reveals that the name of Supreme Commander Anderson in fact Paris. Warner overhears this, and immediately pins Adam to the wall, stating if he was sent to kill him or spy on them. Juliette then pleads Warner to stop, however Warner refuses, saying that even those closest to Supreme Commander Anderson do not know his real name and it would be impossible for Adam to know. Juliette then says that Adam is his brother. Warner then releases Adam, shocked. A short while later, right before Warner and Juliette are to head up stairs to Warner's room, Warner goes and speaks to Adam. When Warner and Juliette are upstairs, Warner tell Juliette that he would like to spend some time and get to know Adam and James.

Juliette proposes a plan that they should take control of the soldiers of Sector 45 and use them to lure Anderson back to Sector 45. The plan works, and Juliette, Warner, and everyone else fights in a huge battle. Juliette finds Anderson and kills him by shooting him in the head twice (once for Adam and once for Warner), and the rebels win the battle.

Ignite Me ends with Warner saying, "You know, the whole world will be coming for us now," to which Juliette responds, "I can't wait to watch them try."

Trivia[edit | edit source]

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  • Warner's birthday is on the 24th of April. [1]
  • "Warner" is his mother's last name.
  • Warner has a soft spot for fashion.
  • Warner's identification number is 45B-00001.
  • Warner is very meticulous with hygiene.
  • Mafi was inspired to create Warner because she was interested in the human's capacity for good and evil.
  • Warner owns a collection of scented soaps.
  • Warner likes to take long baths.
  • Warner doesn't really sing in the bath, but he does hum a little.
  • Warner suffers from insomnia.
  • Warner speaks 7 languages including English, Spanish, and Arabic.
  • Warner is afraid of spiders.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Warner's fact sheet - Bonus content in Destroy Me.
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