Review: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi




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.

Title: Ignite Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Genre: YA, Dystopian
Number of Pages: 408
Publishing Date: Feb. 4th, 2014

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This was one of the most satisfying series conclusions that I’ve ever read. With the Shatter Me trilogy, every book was better than the last. Shatter Me was brilliant, Unravel Me was even more brilliant, and somehow Ignite Me topped both of them. I cannot recommend this series more. I absolutely love the writing style, the setting, the plot, the characters, THE ROMANCE. Everything about this series is absolutely beautiful and breathtaking and I’m so sad it’s over.

The rest of this review contains spoilers!

Juliette was such an amazing main character in this novel. Her character fully developed. Her character fully blossomed. And I think that Aaron (I’m going to mostly call him Aaron instead of Warner in this review because it was unbelievably cute how much he loved when Juliette called him that) played a huge role in that. I was honestly expecting for Juliette to do the typical main-character-messes-up-when-it-comes-to-romance situation. I expected her to fall back in love with Adam or just something that would cause the love triangle to heighten again, only to be concluded at the very end of the novel. But Tahereh Mafi surprised me. Juliette was strong when it came to breaking up with Adam. She literally broke up with him for a third time in Ignite Me. She didn’t start questioning her judgement. Instead, she made a decision about who she wanted to be with and she stuck with it. I was so happy when she finally accepted the fact that she was in love with Aaron and I think that was one of the final steps in her character development. When she proclaimed her love for Aaron, I may or may not have almost dropped my book due to the fangirl feels being extremely strong. I loved how she was so strong towards the end of the novel and when she announced to everyone that she was the new leader of Sector 45, I felt like such a proud reader. The last chapter literally made me want to cry because it was such a good ending, yet I wanted so much more of Juliette’s story. I wanted to know what she was going to do next. I’m going to imagine that Juliette and Aaron take over The Reestablishment and make the world a better place and they get married and have cute babies together. Okay? Okay. *hopes that Tahereh Mafi considers writing an epilogue so I can finally have closure regarding what happens to Juliette and Aaron*

“And we are quotation marks, inverted and upside down, clinging to one another at the end of this life sentence. Trapped by lives we did not choose.”

Aaron Warner Anderson. God, how I love you. Aaron was so amazing in this book. His character development was so huge and he was so caring and loving and GAH. I can’t begin to describe my love for his character. I was so afraid that once Juliette admitted her love for him, that he would reject her out of fear. But I’m so glad that he accepted that Juliette loved him for who he was. You could tell that he changed his outlook on others, as well. He was friendly with Kenji and Juliette’s other friends, and when he found out that Adam was his brother he was so nice about it. I honestly didn’t expect that at all. Tahereh Mafi created this character that had so many details and layers and it was incredibly fascinating to see how she was able to develop who he was over a span of three books. Aaron and Juliette’s relationship was so strong and they made each other so much better and GAH, I need more Warnette in my life. (Is that their ship name? I’m fairly sure that’s their ship name.) ((Okay, but can we talk about this quote because WHEN AARON SAID THIS I THINK MY HEART EXPLODED, TOO.))

“His hands are holding my cheeks, and he pulls back just to look me in the eye and his chest is heaving and he says, “I think,” he says, “my heart is going to explode,” and I wish, more than ever, that I knew how to capture moments like these and revisit them forever.
Because this.
This is everything.”

Adam was just so FRUSTRATING in this book. I tried. I really did. But I just didn’t like him at all. He was so whiny and rude. I’m fairly sure that he had a lot of issues with rejection and this inner hate and it became so obvious in this book as to why he and Juliette would’ve never worked out. James was so adorable in this book, especially when he met Aaron for the first time and questioned him about why he called Juliette ‘love’ and THE CUTENESS, I CAN’T. Kenji was such an amazing friend to Juliette in this book, I adore him and his personality.

Somehow Tahereh’s writing was even more beautiful in this novel than in the other two. I don’t know how, considering it was already extremely poetic and beautiful in the first two novels, but something about the way that Ignite Me was written had me so captivated. I loved how there were barely any (actually, I don’t think there were any) strikeouts. That in of itself just shows how Juliette’s character had grown and how she’d become confident enough in herself that she believed in herself. She wasn’t questioning herself anymore. That was such a great development to see in a main character and the way that Tahereh executed it all was absolutely brilliant.

I cannot comprehend how one author could write such a brilliant trilogy of books. I’ve grown so attached to these characters, one of them in particular (*cough*Warner*cough*). This was such a beautifully written book and it was somehow better than the other two books in this amazing series. I wish there was more of a conclusive ending, but at the same time I really liked the ending. I loved the simplicity and strength of it. I need to go to my local bookstore ASAP to get Unite Me, I’m kind of desperate to read Destroy Me from Warner’s point of view. All in all, I cannot recommend this trilogy enough! It was written seamlessly, the character development was extremely on point, and the romance was so loving and real and beautiful.

5 Stars

Have any of you read Ignite Me? What are your thoughts on it? Comment them below!



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