Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi (Review)

18735912Synopsis: 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.

Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Romance

Cover: This cover is so beautiful and could draw me right in if I didn’t know what the series was about. The photography once again is flawless and is one of my favorite book covers.

My thoughts: In this final installment to the Shatter Me series, Juliette is with Warner who managed to save her life during the war in the second novel. This story starts off with Juliette working with Warner towards their common goal of the downfall of the Reestablishment. She manages to learn what Warner’s true goals really were when they first met and eventually learns to trust him even if he was cruel to her. Their relationship blossoms into something so beautifully unexpected that it’s impossible not to fall in love with. He genuinely cares for her well being and encourages her to accept her impressive abilities. And of course, Kenji and Adam are back in the swing of things as well. Juliette achieves in having her friends work alongside with Warner to destroy Warner’s father’s empire. 

This book was the type of book that makes you learn to love unpopular characters, such as Warner, and hate popular characters like Adam. Warner’s natural kindness towards Juliette melted my heart. Their easy flowing and deep conversations they had hooked me completely to this story. He brought out the best in her rather than shadowing her from the world like Adam did. Speaking of Adam, who I personally began to hate, was childish and simply annoying when he should have been fighting for Juliette’s love. Although I was annoyed at Juliette for the choices she made in the romance department, I eventually understood her actions she had to make.

All in all, this book was mostly centered around the overall preparation for the war with the Reestablishment. The action at the end of the novel unfolded so briskly and was so fast paces that it didn’t give me any closure. It climaxed to nothing, ending too simply to ever be realistic.

Although the book was addictive, with Juliette’s ever beautiful and unique narration and relationship with Warner, there were too many frustrating moments. With Adam’s stubbornness and fast paced action, which barely lasted 30 pages, this ending to the unforgettable trilogy wasn’t its finest. I kind of hoped that there was a novella to wrap up all the unanswered questions this series left me with. Even with Ignite Me’s flaws, I do recommend this book for its romance that is unlike any other. It does focus more on the romance rather than the dystopian world building, but is still an incredibly interesting read. Tahereh Mafi wrote so beautifully that this book is not worth skipping out on.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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