Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Review | "Ignite Me" by Tahereh Mafi

Ignite me by Tahereh Mafi
YA Dystopian published February 4, 2014
Harper Collins
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Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.
My Thoughts...
Ok, I loved this book!  I loved this series, but this book was probably my favorite of the three.  I will say, though that I think this book was more about the characters and less about the conflict and so the ending did seem really rushed to me.  I do tend to enjoy books that are more character driven though and that's probably why I liked this one so much.

In the beginning of this series I was concerned about how the author was going to make me root for Warner, but she definitely did it.  I think, for me, and probably for others as well it was done by degrees.  I liked him a little in the first book, there is just something about a bad boy that I just can't help but like, then I read the novella that centers around him and I really got him after that.  By the end of the 2nd book I was nearly there, but after just a few chapters of this book I was fully on Team Warner.  

I will say that I didn't particularly care for the fact that this book seemed to be a hate on Adam book though.  He was painted totally as the bad guy and I felt a little like this was used to sway all those Team Adam people over to the other side.  Sure he was a total jerk throughout the entire book, but it's not like he didn't have a reason to act this way.  He was hurting and he lashed out, he went a little overboard at times or most of the time, but it's easy to see why.  I just didn't feel like he needed to be quite so badly portrayed, but that's just my opinion.

This book takes up right where the last one ended.  Juliette and Warner end up forming an unlikely alliance with the other survivors of Omega Point when they decide to take down The Reestablishment from the inside and they know they can't do it alone.  Juliette is finally realizing her full potential, something that Warner has seen in her from the beginning.  It's not all fun and games as they train to take on Warner's father.  They have to learn to work together as a team and that's not easy to do when they all have their secrets.

I still think that Tahereh has one of the most beautiful and unique writing styles and I love that this shows in Juliette's voice.  This book had less of it than the other two since Juliette wasn't so much inside her head in this one, but it's still there and it's beautiful to read.

I was so sad to see this series come to an end and it seems to be an abrupt end.  The final scenes in this book were a little rushed and then it's just over.  I am not unhappy with how it ended, I just think maybe an epilogue to show where they ended up would have been a nicer way to end the series.  

If you are looking for something new to read and you enjoy YA Dystopian you need to give this series a try.  While the concept is not entirely unique the writing definitely is.

XOXO, Shelly

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