Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi
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.
“Words, I think, are such unpredictable creatures.
No gun, no sword, no army or king will ever be more powerful than a sentence. Swords may cut and kill, but words will stab and stay, burying themselves in our bones to become corpses we carry into the future, all the time digging and failing to rip their skeletons from our flesh.”
My reviews for Destroy me and Unravel me .
It is hard to say goodbye when you become so invested in the story and the path that the characters have taken and when you waited for years to see how it will all unfold. I fell in love with Mafi s world more than two years ago, when I first read Shatter me and the writing, the storyline and world building left me in awe.
After everything that happens to Juliette through the series, from being in a mental "hospital", then captured by Warner, on the run with Adam, to finding people with different abilities in Omega point to being shot in the chest, you could say she has been through a lot. She grows from a weak and whiny girl to a strong, confident leader. I think that a lot of that growth she cant atribute to Warner. If it werent for him, she would probably still be afarid of her own shadow even though his metods could have been different. We find out even more about Warner, everything he did and his reasons for doing it, his hatred for his father is very big, and we also see that perhaps the "bad" things he did, werent as evil as we thought. The relationship between Juliette and Warner grows in this book, they become friends and finally more which enraged Adam who I cant stand after this book.
“I like the way I feel about myself when I'm with him." I say quietly. "Warner thinks I'm strong and smart and capable and he actually values my opinion. He makes me feel like his equal--like I can accomplish just as much as he can, and more. And if I do something incredible, he's not even surprised. He expects it. He doesn't treat me like I'm some fragile little girl who needs to be protected all the time.”
He was cruel, bratty and a real bastard. We see that the reason he wanted Juliette so much because he could take care of her, be the hero and when Juliette changed, became stronger than everyone, he didnt like it and he couldnt understand it.
The two characters who bring humor and sweetness to this story are Kenji and James. A lot happens in Ignite me. Omega Point is gone, bombed into nothing by Anderson, Juliette is recovering with Warner and they think everyone is dead. From there story progresses. They all unite, forge a plan, train and with a few fights inbetween they go after Anderson. This book has a lot of deaths, uncertainty, yet hope, strenght, friendship and love are what the book is really about and I have to say that the ending made me really happy. The writing was amazing as always, Tahereh Mafi s style is really beautiful and poetic and I am really curious to see what will she write next.
“For so many years I lived in constant terror of myself. Doubt had married my fear and moved into my mind, where it built castles and ruled kingdoms and reigned over me, bowing my will to its whispers until I was little more than an acquiescing peon, too terrified to disobey, too terrified to disagree. I had been shackled, a prisoner in my own mind.
But finally, finally, I have learned to break free.”