Ignite Me Book Cover Ignite Me
Shatter Me
Tahereh Mafi
Young Adult Dystopian/Paranormal
Harper Collins
2014
Print - Ebook

SYNOPSIS: 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.

 

Contains no spoilers

OVERALL: It has taken me a month to get around to writing this review, mostly because I just wasn’t sure how I felt about it. I adore this series and this author. The book left me very satisfied where the love story was concerned, but everything else may have slightly underwhelmed. As Mafi’s book always are, Ignite Me was incredibly easy to fly through, very engaging, and entertaining. Great fun, good characters. Well worth the read.

BREAKDOWN: The Shatter Me series has finally come to a close, and what a fun ride it has been! If you’ve read my reviews of the other books in this series, you know I adore it. Mafi has the most unique writing style I’ve ever seen. Visceral, exhilarating, and memorable.

Juliette is finally ready to fight back against the reestablishment, and she’ll need the help of Warner, the oh-so-swoon-worthy antagonist from the first book, not-so-antagonistic-after-all in the second book as well as the novella, Destroy Me, of which he was the POV character. Not going to lie, I adore Warner, baggage, flaws, and gorgeousness included.

Ignite Me finished up the series in a shocking turn of events that really, really made me a happy camper. In fact, I was a happy camper for most of the book. But, sadly, when the end came, something felt hollow and I had to take time to consider why that was. Things were revealed, particularly with a specific character who had powers stronger than originally thought. As a result I began putting together clues that I thought were intended as foreshadowing. I pictured this huge battle where Juliette joined her talents with someone in particular, and together they would create an X-men-worthy final stand together. It was going to be epic.

But here’s where things went wrong. That moment never came, nothing even close. Things panned out way too pleasantly, making me feel like Mafi was being slightly indulgent, and was very easy on dishing out hard times to her characters. I am treading lightly so as not to include a spoiler, but I will say on a character level, on a romance level, this book was perfect. On a big-picture plot level, I wanted much more.

(Oh, and for the record… Kenji might be the best YA character ever, what a great job she did on his voice.)

FINAL THOUGHTS: If you are a fan of The Shatter Me Series, you don’t want to miss this book. While I found the end underwhelming, I needed to know what happened to these awesome characters, and I’m so glad I stuck around to find out. Sorry to see this series come to an end, it has certainly been one of my very favorites.

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