By: Tahereh Mafi
Genre: YA Dystopian Romance
Personal Age Rating: 15+
Rating: 5/5 stars
Synopsis: 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.
“Come back to life, love. I’ll be here when you wake up.” -Warner
Ignite Me embodies every aspect you could ever wish for in the final book of a series. It’s emotional, empowering, satisfying, and most importantly, the best book in the entire series. Young Adult Dystopian trilogies too often struggle with tying up the lose ends in the last book, leaving the reader with a dissatisfied feeling toward the series as a whole. The Shatter me series did NOT have this problem at all. Each book gets better and better, and the character development in each book is perfectly executed. If you haven’t read Shatter Me yet and need a bit of convincing, please check out my Shatter Me review. I did not review Unravel Me because I was too busy, but I gave it 4.75 stars in Goodreads. This review for Ignite Me will contain spoilers for the rest of the series, seeing as it is the last book, and I want you to be able to enjoy this masterpiece of a trilogy as much as I did!
Ignite Me was the best book in this series for several reasons, the most important being Juliette’s character development. In Shatter Me, Juliette is a fragile girl, alienated from the world and desperate for acceptance. She strikes through her own thoughts because she is too afraid of expressing herself. Therefore she chooses to run away with Adam, who makes her feel accepted and loved. In Unravel Me, Juliette finally begins to search for answers about herself, the world around her, and the person she though she hated, who maybe isn’t so awful after all. In Ignite Me, Juliette casts away her fear and remorse (and the strikethroughs, yay!) and decides to truly start living. She decides to surround herself with people who challenge her instead of hold her back (Warner, *wink*), which is both admirable and wise. She knows that she can be the person who Warner has always known she can be. All in all, Juliette truly becomes a leader who believes in herself, and I think that is what makes Ignite Me so wonderful.
Speaking of Warner, he is one fine man. His character honestly epitomizes what it means to be perfectly imperfect. I find him so intriguing because he has so many emotional and personal layers to dig through, and the deeper you get, the more wonderful he becomes. He truly does have a reason for everything, and knowing more of his backstory almost makes everything he has ever done forgivable. Warner was the obvious choice for Juliette. I knew even from the end of Shatter Me that they would end up together. First of all, there is obvious chemistry between them. If Ignite Me didn’t convince you of that, I don’t know what will. Secondly, he is the more difficult choice for Juliette. He requires her to constantly be improving and to harness full belief in herself. And Juliette is perfect for Warner too, because she brings out his gentle side and makes him strive to be a better person. What I love about their relationship is that neither of them changes for the other. They truly are who they are and just make each other better, and I love that. They believe in each other. It’s beautiful.
Adam was such a jerk in this book. Like, it doesn’t even deserve more than that sentence. Kenji, on the other hand, was amazing. I loved Kenji and Juliette’s friendship so much! Also, Kenji provided much needed comic relief in this book. He always found a way to diffuse the tension, and this book wouldn’t have been the same without him.
The only thing I found disappointing about this book was Anderson’s death. It happened way to quickly, and honestly for the entire plot of the book to be centered around his assassination, it was a bit of a disappointment.
I truly adored this book. It was filled with wonderful quotes, great messages, character development, and Warnette. What more could you ever ask for? It’s difficult for me to review books I love so much, and this is definitely one of those scenarios. What is your opinion of the Shatter Me series? Let me know below!