Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi (2014)
YA Fiction | Paranormal RomanceBlurb:
“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.”
Book One: SHATTER ME
pooled ink Review:
FINALLY A GOOD FINAL INSTALLMENT OF A TRILOGY.
I’m always nervous about series endings because your hopes get so high and too often your hopes are dashed. But not this time! Nope! [Update: I know Mafi has announced that she’s decided to continue the series beyond the original trilogy and a lot of people are excited about that but I will not be partaking. I am perfectly satisfied with how this trilogy has concluded and would rather leave it at that.]
Omega Point has been destroyed as have most of their number, but hope refuses to die and a small handful of its members have survived and gone into hiding. Although Juliette has been busy plotting and if she has her way they’ll leave defeat and safety behind them to join her in a final stand against the Reestablishment. Juliette nearly died but she is a survivor and refuses to go back to the wilting girl who only knew how to cry. No, death burned what was left of that broken bird leaving nothing but warrior in its place. She’s alive and she’s ready to make the first shot in disassembling the Reestablishment.
Warner’s disguise as a villain is truly and irreversibly gone now. At least to Juliette. For her he’ll raise armies and fight to the death. But as for anyone else he wouldn’t care if they lived or died. Warner has the resources and Juliette has the vision. Together they team up to hunt for the Omega Point survivors, root out Supreme Commander Anderson, and aim a killing shot that will be heard around the world.
The relationship between Adam and Juliette remains strained at best. He fell in love with a girl who needed him to wipe her tears and protect her because she was too broken to do it herself, but now that she’s transformed into fierce woman at one with her deadly powers he doesn’t quite know what to do with her. And that’s fine. Because Juliette doesn’t need anyone.
Warner of course causes predictable friction amongst the group as he has been their enemy for so long and even he openly admits that he doesn’t care about their lives. But he has the resources and he’s in support of Juliette’s vision so if they want a chance at a new world then they’ll have to form an alliance. Most are uneasy about it, Adam loathes it, and Kenji decides to trust Juliette’s judgement no matter how crazy.
The familiar Adam-Juliette drama we all know so well comes back in full force in this book but the love-triangle and romance are done so well that you don’t quite feel like a traitor for changing sides. Juliette’s character arc is probably the one that changed the most drastically. Adam doesn’t change so much as resist change. And Warner doesn’t change so much as simply allow glimpses behind his monstrous mask.
Was the epic battle-filled ending of this book totally realistic? Lol no it wasn’t. But for the sake of this series I was satisfied with it. It wrapped things up enough to keep me happy but left certain threads loose enough that the ending didn’t become rushed or forced.
I found Shatter Me by happenstance at my library and despite it having that hideous (sorry) silver hardback cover (thank goodness for the cover redesign) I gave it a chance and fell in love and I’m still holding these books close to my chest happy that they’ve found their way into my life.
Ignite Me sets the broken bird aflame and born from its ashes is a force driven by goodness and wielding the powers of death. In this exhilarating conclusion to this dystopian trilogy love is lost and found, futures are broken and forged, and hope burns brightly on the horizon.
Posted on Goodreads on July 30, 2014
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