Review: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)

Synopsis from Good Reads:

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.

Thank you, Tahereh Mafi, for not crushing my soul with this book! I was so nervous to start reading Ignite Me because I love the series and all the other series enders I’ve been reading lately have not been good. While Ignite Me may not have been perfect, it kept true to the story Mafi started in Shatter Me and didn’t end with me throwing my Nook against the wall.

Ok, Spoilers Galore from here on out!

Plot

We pick up soon after we left off in Unravel Me. Juliette is alive and she’s pissed. She’s ready to go after Anderson and take down the Reestablishment – with her bare hands. Warner is hiding her in his private rooms at his base and informs her that The Resistance and Omega Point have been wiped out. When he takes her to see for herself Kenji shows up and lets her know that Adam, James, Castle, and a few others are still alive and are staked out at Adam’s old apartment and they head there.

Juliette is looking for them to join her in her plan to fight Anderson, but they’ve all lost their will and their spirit and Adam has basically lost his freaking mind. When he finds out she’s been with Warner, wants to work with Warner, and defends Warner, he goes ballistic. Ugly, very un-Adam like things are said. We found out in Fracture Me that Adam isn’t quite the saintly, loving guy we’ve always known, but I felt it was a little extreme here when he reacts to Juliette. Like almost every interaction Adam has in this book is him being an obnoxious, hateful, jerk.

Long story short, the remaining Omega Point clan comes to stay on base in Warner’s private gym and they all begin training. Juliette and Warner’s relationship changes and languishes and then blossoms. Yes, Juliette chooses Warner! And I love it.

Juliette and her friends perform a demonstration to Warner’s soldiers to let them know about their plan and to ask for help. It works and soon Anderson and his troops are coming to shut them down. Juliette goes after him, kills him, and takes on the role as Commander. It ends with the first small victory in the battle to take back their world. It ends with hope.

I’m sure there will be some people that will be upset that everyone in Juliette’s group survives – that it might be unrealistic. But I think it’s great. And it makes sense. They’re basically super heroes. Of course they’ll survive. And Juliette has become basically unstoppable and with Warner by her side, they can do just about anything. Like he’s been saying since the first book.

“So the two of you” – Ian tries to find his voice- “I mean, together-you two could basically-“

“Take over the world?”

Characters

Ok, can we talk about the character development in Juliette!? She’s grown so much throughout the series. In this book she finally starts to stand up for herself. She lets go of her fear about almost everything. She’s ready to not only fight back, but to lead the fight. She also stops feeling guilty about her feelings for Warner. Though we all fell in love with Adam at first, it was a little too “insta-love” to ever really make sense. Juliette realizes that it was more the fact that he was the first person to ever be nice to her and to ever be able to touch her that drove her to him. And he was in love with the idea of the girl he once knew. Her relationship with Warner, especially now that we know more about Warner, makes much more sense. And with him, she becomes the strong, determined character we always wanted her to be.

Though Juliette is developed and then some, the rest of the characters don’t get quite the same treatment. There are a couple of minor characters from Omega Point that I don’t really remember or care about and nothing about them in this book made me really care for them either.

There is a lot more Kenji and I really like him in this book. But when did he and Juliette become best friends? He was one of her only friends, but I don’t remember him being so attached to her. I feel like I want a Kenji novella now. And am I the only one who was surprised that he isn’t gay and in love with Castle? I thought that was hinted at in the previous book, but I guess not.

And then there’s Adam. Oh, Adam. He’s the ex-boyfriend from hell in this book. He’s just horrible. There’s too many scenes of him yelling the same hateful things to Juliette. He finally realizes that Juliette really is a different person than he thought and he stops being a jerk. When he finally tells Warner that they’re brothers, I thought things got resolved just a little too easily. Warner is “not unhappy” to have brothers and no longer hates Adam. Adam agrees.

Readability

Mafi has a distinct style that I’ve always enjoyed. What impresses me most is the way it’s evolved since the first book. As Juliette becomes more stable and more sane throughout the series, the writing becomes less frenetic. There are less crossed out sentences and words and in this book there were none at all. Because Juliette is no longer afraid of her thoughts. Brilliant.

Enjoyability

I loved this book! It was a great end to the series. Though I feel like there could be more story to tell, I like how it left off. I appreciate that it was the continuation of Juliette’s story and didn’t go off track like other series have. My only issues were really how uncharacteristically horrible Adam became and that the minor characters were kind of just filler.

Rating (out of 5)
Plot: 4
Characters: 4
Readability: 4.5
Enjoyability: 4.5
Overall Average: 4.25 stars

 

Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi – 3 stars (out of 5)

Fracture Me (Shatter Me, #2.5)

Synopsis from Good Reads:

As Omega Point prepares to launch an all-out assault on The Reestablishment soldiers stationed in Sector 45, Adam’s focus couldn’t be further from the upcoming battle. He’s reeling from his breakup with Juliette, scared for his best friend’s life, and as concerned as ever for his brother James’s safety. And just as Adam begins to wonder if this life is really for him, the alarms sound. It’s time for war.

On the battlefield, it seems like the odds are in their favor—but taking down Warner, Adam’s newly discovered half brother, won’t be that easy. The Reestablishment can’t tolerate a rebellion, and they’ll do anything to crush the resistance . . . including killing everyone Adam has ever cared about.

BEWARE OF SPOILERS FROM ALL BOOKS IN THE SERIES THUS FAR

Since the Shatter Me  series is told through Juliette’s 1st person POV and the last novella was from Warner’s POV, I was very excited to get Adam’s perspective. I loved him so much in the first book and not quite as much in the last book, so I was ready to love him again. However, my feelings are…mixed.

He’s still sweet and strong and loving. But I felt like he’s been a bit of drama king in Unravel Me and in this story we find he’s not quite as heartbroken as he’s seemed. He’s actually a little more scared of Juliette then he’s ever let on and when he has to choose between rescuing Juliette or going back for his brother, he picks his brother. Now I’m not saying that’s the wrong decision at all. I think he should go for his brother. But afterwards he didn’t even seem interested in going after Juliette. It was Kenji who was all broken up about it.

Where Warner’s novella was set up to make us love him (or at least pity and root for him), I think Adam’s novella is set up to help us understand he’ll be ok when he ultimately doesn’t end up with Juliette –  I’m calling that one now. Whether or not Juliette ends up with Warner is still up for debate, but she won’t end up happily ever after with Adam.

Aside from Adam’s love life, or lack thereof, we also see what happens to the Omega Point gang after Juliette was taken. They are almost entirely wiped out and their bunker is destroyed. The survivors are holing up at Adam’s old apartment – including the rescued Winston and Brendan! – when they (mistakenly) find out that Juliette has been killed.

Overall, I enjoyed the too short Fracture Me. I would’ve liked it to have been a little longer, but I think it served it’s purpose. I also really enjoyed the sneak peak of Ignite Me at the end. February 4th can’t come soon enough!

 

Cover Reveal: Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi

Fracture Me (Shatter Me, #2.5)

I’m not sure when exactly this was revealed, but I just recently noticed it and had to share.

Fracture Me is book 2.5 in the Shatter Me series and is from Adam’s POV and comes out December 17th!

Synopsis:

In this electrifying sixty-page companion novella to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, discover the fate of the Omega Point rebels as they go up against The Reestablishment. Set during and soon after the final moments of Unravel Me, Fracture Me is told from Adam’s perspective.

As Omega Point prepares to launch an all-out assault on The Reestablishment soldiers stationed in Sector 45, Adam’s focus couldn’t be further from the upcoming battle. He’s reeling from his breakup with Juliette, scared for his best friend’s life, and as concerned as ever for his brother James’s safety. And just as Adam begins to wonder if this life is really for him, the alarms sound. It’s time for war.

On the battlefield, it seems like the odds are in their favor—but taking down Warner, Adam’s newly discovered half brother, won’t be that easy. The Reestablishment can’t tolerate a rebellion, and they’ll do anything to crush the resistance . . . including killing everyone Adam has ever cared about.

Fracture Me sets the stage for Ignite Me, the explosive finale in Tahereh Mafi’s epic dystopian series.