Monday, February 10, 2014

Spoiler-Free Mini-Review: Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi

Title: Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3)
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: February 4, 2014
Purchase: Amazon | B&N

 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" 

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.



“I am no longer afraid of  fear, and I will not let it rule me. 
Fear will learn to fear me.” 

In order to keep this review entirely spoiler-free, I won’t be mentioning Warner or Adam. Even though I have a minimum of 1,450,321,498,092,834 words to say about them… there is no way to say them without exposing secrets. I realize that readers will have conflicting feelings depending on which “team” they were rooting for; however, the romantic aspect of the story should not overshadow Juliette’s transformation – that is my favorite part of this series, and that’s why I’m going to talk about Juliette and how happy I am with her character growth. There were times that I was just as frustrated with her as Kenji was, but I am completely enamored with her mind and thoughts. Ms. Mafi gives Juliette the most beautiful and lyrical thoughts. I hang on every written word – from the first book that contained the brilliant strikethroughs to this conclusion that doesn’t. Why? Because, in my opinion, she doesn’t need them anymore. She finally grew into a character who is not afraid to speak her mind, no longer scared to speak her truths. She is strong and self-assured, and she is ready to fight.

“I’d rather be shot dead screaming for justice 
than die alone in a prison of my own making.” 

I love her newfound confidence, and that is one of the most important things the conclusion gave this reader. As a bonus, the secondary characters are fascinating, the pacing is just right, and the story is mesmerizing and thrilling. It’s all I could ask for when a series ends.

 “‘Fight me… I dare you.’” 


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