by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #3
Published by: HarperCollins
The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series. 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. In Shatter Me, Tahereh Mafi created a captivating and original story that combined 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." The sequel, Unravel Me, blew readers away with heart-racing twists and turns, and New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia said it was "dangerous, sexy, romantic, and intense." Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and climactic end.
It’s over, and I want to cry. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi was the last book in the Shatter Me series, and it has been one heck of a ride. From Mafi’s breathtakingly beautiful writing style to her characters that wrapped themselves around my heart this has been an epic journey. Mini review: Mafi delivered growth, choices, romance and a satisfying ending that left me with a smile.
Juliette awakens to finds herself in Warner’s private quarters. She learns of the events that occurred in the novella Fracture Me. When she discovers what happened she falls apart and then pulls herself back together and is more determined then ever to take down the Reestablishment. Juliette soon finds herself turning to Warner to assist with her plans. But can she trust him completely? This final journey is one of growth as we see Juliette emerge from her cocoon and become.
Throughout the Shatter Me series, Mafi has developed her characters, slowly peeling back their superficial layers and revealing the complex, strong, sometimes broken characters beneath. In the beginning, I had mad love for Adam, and loathed Warner but slowly throughout the series I became torn as Warner’s character developed and we learned about the man beneath the cold, calculating facade. While fans have clearly chosen sides and are passionate with regard to “their choice” I felt Mafi validated her choice. I think a person is strongest when they partner with someone who allows them to spread their wings and grow. This is what I would want for my daughters and what I needed for Juliette. Other characters are present; tempers are hot; friendships are solidified, and secrets are revealed. Ignite Me was riveting, and I was completely enthralled.
Ignite Me was a satisfying ending to the Shatter Me series. Questions were answered and choices were made. The romance was fleshed out as we watched Juliette develop and clearly see both men and dissect her feelings for them. While this is a young adult, Mafi brought passion, emotions and heat that was scintillating without crossing the line. She writes beautiful and tender moments that just make you “feel” and believe. We experienced heart-break, anger, tenderness and some of the sweetest moments. The plot regarding the Reestablishment is ever present, but the action is low as we build towards the final climactic scene. The ending in my opinion was brilliant. It was neither wrapped up or forced into a pretty bow. Nor were we left flapping in the wind wondering what was to become of our characters. Instead, Mafi secured the sails, set the course and allowed us to sail off into the sunset.
It is over and I feel empty…le sigh
For me, Ignite Me was the perfect ending to the Shatter Me series, and I cannot wait to begin the next adventure with Tahereh Mafi.
Five cups of coffee out five
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