Book: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #3
Date Published: February 4th, 2014
Source: Library Book
Date Started: February 20th, 2014
Date Finished: February 28th, 2014
Other Books Reviewed: Shatter Me, Unravel Me
The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, called “a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love.”
With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that’s not all he wants with her.
The Shatter Me series is perfect for fans who crave action-packed young adult novels with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu. Tahereh Mafi has created a captivating and original story that combines the best of dystopian and paranormal, and was praised by Publishers Weekly as “a gripping read from an author who’s not afraid to take risks.” Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and satisfying end.
***There are a few spoilers for Shatter Me and Unravel Me contained in this review.
Ah, another series finished. When I finish a series, it can go one of two ways. I either feel satisfied about the ending, or feel like there were some things left off. Unfortunately, this book falls into the latter category.
Ignite Me takes off with Omega Point being destroyed. Many people had died, but a select few survived. Juliette finds herself in the safety of Warner’s base after being shot in the chest by the Supreme Commander Anderson aka Warner’s father. Juliette has now vowed to take down Anderson and his government, but in order to do so, she finds that she needs Warner’s help to do so. Through the unlikely partnership of the remnants of Omega Point and Warner, Juliette finds herself discovering new things about Warner, Adam, and most importantly, herself.
When I first read Shatter Me, I had so many problems with the book. Most of these are mentioned in my review of the book, so I won’t list any of the issues I had here. Unravel Me was a great improvement, and Ignite Me had even stronger writing. However, I think Unravel Me was my favorite book in the series. I felt like so much more happened, developed, etc. Ignite Me felt like Juliette was very set in her ways, and we were just waiting for events to unfold from there.
One of the overarching plots, was the whole love triangle between Juliette, Warner, and Adam. This love triangle was so complicated with Warner and Adam sharing the same father, Juliette finding herself in love with a psychopath, etc. I have to say this upfront though, I thought Juliette’s relationship with Warner in the very beginning was abusive. He kept torturing her, playing mind games with her, she shot him with a gun, and so much more. But towards the end, Warner seemed completely changed, and Juliette was quick to forgive him. But the real question was, could I forgive him as a reader? I felt like the book really wanted me to. Warner went through a drastic character development for the better, and I felt pressured to like him. When It came to the end of the book, I really was voting for Warner. And this is Adam’s doing. Adam went through a drastic change as well, and I feel like it was because he was scorned by a woman. Literally. Adam had such a bad temper in this book, that everyone around him got sick of him. I got sick of him, which I felt really sad about because he was so sweet to Juliette in the beginning. However, I had such a hard time with the way that Juliette was treating him. I don’t want to give anything away here, so I’ll stop at that. But this is one of those instances where I felt like the book was unresolved. You will feel resolved with the love triangle, but I wanted more closure about what happened after everyone’s choices were made. Sheesh, this is hard to explain without giving too many details! So I’ll just move on!
Another unresolved plot, was the issues Juliette had with her parents. They were mentioned so many times in Shatter Me, but Juliette never was able to confront them. I know that this would have probably added another hundred pages or so to the book, but it would have been nice to feel closure for that. I think Ignite Me only had a few sentences that were dedicated to her parents, and it really was just to say, “so the parents aren’t gonna be in this book. Sorry.”
And as for Juliette herself. She was a really strong independent character in this book, and I was hoping that she would choose herself, and not Adam or Warner. I felt like the love triangle was a little too overpowering in this final installment. Her powers kept growing, but she defined those powers according to Warner. When she felt trapped, she measured that with Adam. At least for the portion of the book. I really liked her when she decided that she didn’t need to be with anyone by default, but by her own choice. I just wished that there was more of a possibility that she could be single. It never seemed to really cross her mind.
So with that being said, I’m going to give this book a 4/5, simply for the fact that I felt unresolved at the end. Ignite Me did have be laughing at some points, shocked at some of the intimacy, angry at men, and just a whole range of emotions. When a book has the ability to affect my emotions, I know its done its job.
I also recommend reading the short novellas. I think they really helped my reading and understanding of the series.