Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Review: Ignite Me

Ignite Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Published: February 4, 2014
Paperback, 416 pages
4 Gold Stars

(summary from Goodreads)

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.

This series has taken me a whirlwind of emotion, making me rethink YA, rethink what I think is right, and rethink how life works. It built up from the first page, taking me into this world where people have thee abilities and no one is sure how to use them. The first book, Shatter Me, introduced Juliette, a scared girl with the power to kill with her body. Alone in a locked cell, we get into Juliette's head so completely that you're not sure what's real and what she's just thinking is real. Juliette's mind is a mess. Her thoughts are jumbled. She's not brave enough to say what she wants to say. She meets Adam, a man who can touch her without death, a man who promising the kind of world she's been waiting for. Juliette only gets stronger from there and in Unravel Me, we see her coming into her own. She hones in on her power and fights for her life, Adam by her side, but her growing attraction to Warner, the son of their enemy, can't be controlled. Enter love triangle and enter the ending you'll never see coming.

Juliette is me and you, and every girl that hasn't felt comfortable in her own skin. Yes, she can't touch anyone, but we've all felt like her, we've all been through what she's going through. She has grown up in so many ways over this series, and it was amazing to watch her grow into her own skin. In this book, she is now so confident in herself and her power that it's amazing to look at this world through her eyes. She no longer worries about what to say or how to act, she just does. I loved watching her journey as she not only discovered more about her powers and those around her, but also so much about herself. The dreaded love triangle snuck up on me, as I was dead set on loving only one of these boys, but ended up falling for both of them. It's amazing, as a writer, that Mafi was able to take the villain and turn him into a love interest. And guess what, we all loved it! I'm sure there's no one that still hates Warner after this book. His character probably developed even more than Juliette's, as we watched him go from one end of the spectrum to the other. He is a caring, loveable man in this book and I hate that I swooned over him, but I did. I was so against loving him, but he crept into my heart and stole it, just like he did to Juliette's. The only problem I had with how things played out was that it didn't seem completely realistic. She took a character and turned them into someone they definitely were not just to move the story. 

I wanted a huge ending. I wanted everything that we've been building up to to explode in a dramatic fashion. I was a little disappointed with how it played out, but that doesn't mean I didn't love it. That doesn't mean I didn't cry, knowing that this series is over. I will miss Juliette and Warner and all the other Omega Point characters that stole a piece of my heart. Mafi is a genius in her writing and I can't wait to see what else she has up her sleeve. 

“Words, I think, are such unpredictable creatures. No gun, no sword, no army or king will ever be more powerful than a sentence. 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.”

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