Review: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

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.

So, Ignite me is one those books this year that gave everyone A LOT OF FEELS, and not all of the feels were good ones. As with any ending to a series, there are those that love, those that hate, and those that are in the middle.

I find myself falling with those in the middle. Although Juliet’s ending isn’t the ending I necessarily wanted, I very much understood her choices. I thought her character development and ownership in this book were stellar compared to where we found her in book one. Remember all the scratches marks words strikeouts she had to use to get her thoughts across? I appreciate the ending. An ending that isn’t true to the character really isn’t a good one.

For those of you familiar with the ‘teams’ in the Shatter Me series, I’m not going to spoil you on the result. However, I will say that I was on the losing side of that battle and I’m still okay with it.

Another thing I found myself liking about this book was that, even though the arc of the story has ended, there is obviously so much more to the story. The world is just on the brink of change. There will be more battles, there will be more happiness, there will be more loss. However, the characters embarking on that journey aren’t the ones we know. They are new people forged by the story that we witnessed, ready to continue on. That I think, is my favorite part of it. It is both an ending and a beginning.

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Charlee Vale

Young Adult editor at Riffle at Rifflebooks.com
Charlee is an intern at a Literary Agency, a bookseller, and the Young Adult editor at Riffle, and team member at Red Creative design. When she's not reading and reviewing, she can be found doing fun photoshoots, binging on netflix, and hanging out with NYC book friends. Also, she loves tea.
  • http://www.thegirlwholovedtowrite.com/ Chelsea

    I’ve never heard of this series! I need to check it out!

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