Review: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi || The ship has sailed with a WTF ending

Ignite Me

Shatter Me #3

Tahereh Mafi 

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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.

Publisher: HarperCollins

Published: February 4th 2014



Possible Spoilers For: Shatter Me; Unravel Me

Trigger Warning





PTSD, Suicide Mentions, Murder, Ableist Language

“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.” 

I don’t know what it is about this series. It’s just so damn satisfyingly enjoyable. Is it some amazing novel full of life metaphors and will change your life? No. But it made me smile. It made me laugh. It made me swoon. 

Juliette has left Omega Point and is staying with Warner trying to take down the Establishment. We’re staying consistent with the bland world-building, because it is a drab, grey world and we’re in I think one or two locations? Though I do feel like this is more of a character driven book. We go through a lot of character development in this one after last books’ regression.

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Because Juliette finally redeemed herself. If you thought she could never come back to where she was in Unravel Me, be prepared to be proven wrong. She found her self worth— through love… yikes? And was taking none of Adam’s shit. It was glorious. However, the relationship progression between her and Warner did take a while because of again, last books’ events. But it’s okay because the development happened and the end result was worth waiting for.

“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.”

There is a clear, very obvious contrast between Warner and Adam and seeing Juliette realize that she deserves better and some relationships are worth sticking through when it’s bad for you— her getting through her PTSD and depression, it was a long time coming, but it’s here and I’m satisfied.

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Of course there is action and a mad dash to stop Commandant Anderson, making a ragtag team of supers to save the world, but in the grand scheme of things, this is truly a character motivated book and series if I’m honest. 


My only real issue— besides finding your self worth through love, was that ending. It came out of nowhere and was the most ridiculous thing I’ve read in a while. I can’t describe it. It was it was such a deus ex amchina kind of ending and it was bullshit.I mean, NOW SHE’S INVINCIBLE? YEAH LETS’ GO OUT GUNS BLAZING, EXCEPT THEY’RE BOUNCING OFF OF HER LIKE PENNIES. THERE WAS NO STRUGGLE OR FEAR OF HER GETTING HURT. SHE’S IN AND OUT WITHOUT A SCRATCH. BULLSHIT.


 However, this was borderline a guilty pleasure read series and I can’t wait for more.


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