[Review] Ignite Me by Tahereh MafiThursday, February 20, 2014
Title: Ignite Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #3
Genre: YA Dystopian
Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Release Date: February 4th 2014
Publisher: Harper Teen
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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"
Juliette now knows she may be the only one who can stop the Reestablishment. But to take them down, she'll need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knew-about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam-was wrong.
In Shatter Me, Tahereh Mafi created a captivating and original story that combined 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." The sequel, Unravel Me, blew readers away with heart-racing twists and turns, and New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia said it was "dangerous, sexy, romantic, and intense." Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and climactic end.
I hate writing reviews for final books in a series because its impossible. There are so many emotions going on that I most likely cannot put a coherent argument together and honestly I just want to stay in denial that the series is ending. And that is exactly how I feel about Ignite Me. This book was probably the most anticipated book EVER and honestly I feel for Tahereh because there were a lot of expectations to meet and it would be impossible for her to meet all of them. But I am hear to say she did an amazing job.
[I will warn that this review will contain epic spoilers. so beware!]
Tahereh was extremely brave in this book. She did things that not many YA authors have the guts to do. Go against her fans wishes. I will admit that going into the later part of this series I was on Team Adam, he was my favourite and I did not want that to change, but then Unravel Me happened and things started to change. No longer was the choice black and white but a very confusing shade of grey. And I loved it. It takes a very talented writer to make me question on choice of book boyfriend, and Unravel Me did just that. But it was not until Ignite Me that I completely changed teams. Not only did she makes me fall head over heals for Warner but she made me hate Adam. Adam became a different person in this book and it was hard to read. He was mean and ugly and someone that I would not want anywhere near Juliette.
Now, during this entire series people keep asking what team are you on, and I know they mean either Warner or Adam but the more I think about it I wonder why there has to be an answer to that question at all? Why can't we just applaud the fact that Juliette grew so much as a character over these three books that she knew exactly what she wanted and took without apology. I know many will not be happy with her choice but who cares? As a character Juliette is a very different person than she was in Shatter Me. She became a very confident, independent and a girl who is sure of her abilities and how to use them. And honestly I think that is because of both Adam AND Warner. Both is these boys were instrumental in making Juliette into the girl she was at the end of Ignite Me, and as a reader I am thrilled that I got to share in that growth and watch her story unfold over the past four years.
The only critical thing I will say about this book was the end. I thought that fight to take over from Adam and Warner's father was way too easy and short. I honestly wanted more a struggle. Everything seemed to happen without incident and the more I read it the more I wondered why they didn't do this earlier if it was that easy? But other than that this book was perfect. I cannot wait to see if we see more of this world, and if I had it my way I would want a book dedicated to Kenji because seriously? he is the best!