Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
Book Three (Final) in Shatter Me Trilogy
Bookologist Analysis: This book was the epitome of licking flames on top of the shelves.
The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, beTstselling 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
This book was a stunning conclusion with the minor flaws that each writer falls into. The book had the necessary things to make it a peaceful and accepted conclusion. The character changes in the book were sudden and violent. I felt it could have been able to be tweaked just a bit more.
Juliette in this book at a snap of fingers threw down the walls. She decides this after a conversation with Warner. She decided enough was enough and she wanted to be a leader. I didn’t think it was realistic that she was able to turn herself from a timid shy little girl to this badass no nonsense girl in that short of a time period. Overall I like the new Juliette more because now she was out of her shell and used her powers to the fullest extent.
Adam on the other hand just changed. I mean I used to think that he had actual feelings for Juliette, but then he just went total berserkos. He became violent and uncaring toward his friends and Juliette. Even though I was never a fan of Team Adam I never thought he would become so violent by breaking things over Juliette. A word of advice- never get into an argument with him. He likes protecting innocent quiet girls. He’s not ready for someone who speaks their mind.
Warner on the other hand in this book changes in a way that leans toward the positive side. He keeps on saying that he doesn’t want someone who thinks of him as a pity project or something to fix. I personally think Juliette still wants him to see the light she subtly guides him towards; she want hims to see it as a self-realized goal. She wants him to develop (not fix or repair) into someone who is more forgiving and lenient. In this book you really do seem him try to take the higher road and not kill someone at whim. He controls his outrages easier and starts to show emotion in public. He doesn’t kill Kenji for not agreeing with him for example. I like the newer Warner as he pushes Juliette to be a person without the shell and wall she made herself. Warner or should I say Aaron’s development was much more realistic and better for him overall than all the other ones.
I have to say I love the smaller characters in this book. Kenji was just the best friend you would want. A guy who has your back and stands up to even his dude best friend about you and won’t take crap about Juliette. He also has a sort of attitude that makes him be painfully (and hilariously) honest with Juliette. He tells her what he thinks no matter what it is and that makes him the conscience that Juliette need. Even if it means dissing Adam or telling her that Warner might break his heart. Kenji is the definite comic relief. James is such an innocent child that tries so hard to be mature. It is heartbreaking that he has to spend his childhood around so much fighting. James now is terribly honest on what he thinks of Warner or Juliette right to their faces. He will tell Warner that he thinks he is scary or Juliette that his brother is worried sick about her. He is the innocence in a world full of violence and terror. Castle draws back in this book and doesn’t really say much which is disappointing since of the important leader role he had in Unravel Me (I still think he should be a woman). The other ones that survived were just hard to keep up with overall which is kind of sad.
There are certain parts of this book however that I didn’t like so much. The romance in this book was dragged on a little too much. You could feel her decision already made (I was happy about that one), but still you had to play with her emotions that have been tangled up since Juliette got out of the asylum. I mean all the fights and all the little scenes were they really necessary? (No) I also didn’t like the lack of world building. I wanted to know more about the Reestablishment and who they really wanted to be. I would have also liked a map to see the different sectors. The world could have described in how it worked better than it was. Tahereh also left out the plot twists she is so famous for. The plan went a little too easy considering the amount of protection and difficulties should’ve been. I thought the plot could’ve have been more dramatic and planned out with more turns such as a spy or hitch in plan (shakes head).
Overall I felt the book lived up to the praise. It was a good and filling conclusion to the end of the Shatter Me trilogy though I still feel Unravel Me was by far the best book in the series. This book showed the true character put under stress. People turned evil and true friends were shown. Remember the best way to learn if a person is a good person is to put them under stress. I mean Tahereh Mafi proved in this book under stress she is an okay writer.
Room by Book is feature done by yours truly where I put together collages of rooms/furniture that fit the book. All pictures' credits are down below.
Barcelona Stool by Ludwig Mles van der Rohe
Coral Bell by Sherwin-Williams
Eastvold Class Coffee Table by 2modern
Vintage Moroccan Battani Striped Rug by canvas
Ignite Me (book cover) by Tahereh Mafi