Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Ignite MeIgnite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Publication: February 4th 2014 by HarperCollins

Series: Shatter Me #3

Genres: Young Adult, Dystopia, Romance

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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.”

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.

After reading Ignite Me, the last book in the breathtaking Shatter Me Trilogy, I’ve come up with this conclusion:

The Shatter Me series is like American Hustle.

If you don’t know what American Hustle is, it’s one of David O. Russell’s acclaimed films and an Oscar frontrunner. I know what you’re thinking.

Why the hell did I compare a comedy film and a novel?

You see, American Hustle (didn’t finish it, it was a bit boring) is more of character-driven movie. It doesn’t really delve in the plot that much. But the great thing about that is we see a lot of depth from the characters. We see their different reactions and emotions. We see them struggle with each other. And I think the Shatter Me series are kind of like that.

When I first read Shatter Me, I was a bit taken aback by the romantic aspect of the novel. I was so distracted by it, I almost forgot about the world I was reading about. In the end, I was left with more questions than I anticipated. But again, the characters made up for that certain flaw.

Ignite Me is a revolution in itself. You get sucked in by a hurricane of thoughts, emotions, beliefs, and lots and lots of raw power.

Our heroine, Juliette Ferrars, finally found her voice and I just want to slap the heck out of her for taking such a long, long, long time to realize it. But once she found out her worth, she captured it like a butterfly in a jar.

All in all, Ignite Me is definitely a satisfying conclusion to the series. I don’t have enough paragraphs to express my adoration for Tahereh Mafi’s stunning and evocative writing. Thank you for bringing your words into the world.

And if you’re still skeptical about reading the books, I highly recommend it. It’s something not worth missing for. In this spoiler-filled section of my review, I decided to dissect some parts of Ignite Me and share my thoughts about it.

  • Kenji Kishimoto

After reading Ignite Me While reading Ignite Me, I fell in love even more with Kenji’s character. We finally got to see more depth in his personality. I also really adored his relationship with Juliette. That was one of my favourite parts in Ignite Me.

  • Adam Kent

What the fuck just happened. When Juliette reunites with the surviving Omega Point gang, I was in the verge of screaming because ADAM AND JULIETTE AND THEY REUNITE AND YOU KNOW. But I was actually appalled by Adam’s sudden hostility towards Juliette. Every single time they argue, I kept on mentally stabbing Adam. I’ve never seen him react so immaturely and stupidly. I somewhat understand his reasons for his words and actions but I have to side with Juliette here.

There’s a freaking war going on and you’re here exploding about how wonderful it would’ve been if you and Juliette were together again. JUST STOP.

*end of rant*

I loved the Adam in Shatter Me. I was unsure of the Adam in Unravel Me. And now, I don’t know what to feel about the Adam in Ignite Me.

We really saw Adam’s bad side on the last book but what I was really looking for was his redemption. Him and Juliette making up officially. And maybe we did get that in Ignite Me or maybe all we’ve got was a lingering uncertainty between them.

Either way, his character feels incomplete for me. I feel like he hasn’t really settled all of his accounts.


Overall, I’m pretty much satisfied with the outcome of everything. I’m especially happy that Juliette finally expressed her bottled up feelings for Warner and it was just heartwarming.

I still have unanswered questions left in my pockets though I’ll probably throw them away someday. Instead, I’ll carry with me the thoughts of a girl who was fragile and weak, who was just starting to crawl, and who conquered everything at her feet.

5 stars

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