Thursday, February 20, 2014

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Series: Shatter Me (bk. 3)

Genera(s): Dystopian Sci-fi/Romance

Subjects: superpowers, abilities, resistance to government, love, war, supernatural, post-apocalyptic

Setting: Sector 45, in the future. Possibly California

POV/Tense: 1st person POV, present tense. Juliette

Age/Grade Level: Teen

Length: 408 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover

List Price: $17.99

Publisher: HarperTeen

Summary/ product description: “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.”

My Review: I can’t believe this series is over! I don’t want it to be over. I want more. I have so many feels and I can’t possibly express how much I loved this book. This series is probably my favorite dystopian series I’ve ever completed so far. The writing is so wonderfully luscious and poetic. The characters and dialogue are so believable, and sometime ridiculous. Ignite Me did not have any strike-throughs like the previous books. I was disappointed about this at first, but Juliette has really grown as a protagonist. She’s finally comfortable with her abilities and stronger in both power and mind. She’s become more independent, and less shy. She’s really changed for the better.

Warner has changed too. I used to be Team Adam. I really loved him in Shatter Me, and hated Warner right along side Juliette. We get to see Warner through her eyes, so that affects our perception. We found out Warner’s first name in the previous book. We also found out about his mother being sick, and that his father’s last name is Anderson. Adam is Warner’s half brother and Warner doesn’t know.

Juliette is falling for Warner, no longer thinking he’s a sadistic jerk that likes to murder people. He’s actually really smart and perceptive. He has the abilities to sense emotions and also borrow abilities from other people with powers. He can sense and manipulate energies. I also really like how well Warner treats Juliette and always calls her “Love.” I keep thinking of him with a British accent because he reminds me of Klaus on Vampire Diaries and the Originals, but Warner’s actually less cold and mean than Klaus. Warner’s also not a vampire and has cooler powers.

My favorite character though will always be Kenji. I want a whole book from Kenji’s perspective. As I mentioned before, Kenji is like a Japanese-invisible-ninja-clown of a guy and a bundle of excitement and joy. He always says the funniest things and his favorite word to use has four letters and starts with an “s”. I love him so much. I really wish that he got some romance and stopped just being friends with everyone. He needs a girlfriend. There’s a few moments where I though Kenji was going to actually kiss Juliette, but instead he hits on her in a teasing way. I really think Kenji wanted to be more than best friends with Juliette, but he didn’t want to create more drama in the already existent love-triangle. Kenji needs his own spin-off or novella.

This book was full of so much action and cool sci-fi/paranormal stuff. My favorite parts were when Juliette was training with Kenji or warner. He ability became something more than she thought. I like how Warner’s power compliments hers. He’s a real natural at just using the powers that he borrows from other people. I liked when Warner let the group stay in his personal gym. I also liked the romance and the sexy scenes. There were two in particle. One is chapter 55, if you want to jump ahead and check it out.

I will never forget the Shatter Me series. It has a special place in my heart, right up there with Maximum Ride and Unearthly. I really hope that it becomes a movie, or maybe a graphic novel/manga. It would be perfect in comic book form. I’d love to do some more fanart off of it. The ending was epic and Juliette kicked-butt, and everything wrapped up nicely. Or did it? You’ll just have to read the book to find out what happens. I’m so glad I didn’t wait to read this.

I actually started reading it on the way home after I bought it. I read Shatter Me as an ARC in Sept 2011, met Tahereh at a pre-pub in Naperville and made her some fanart. I only read Unravel Me this January, and now finished Ignite Me. I hope the next time I meet Tahereh that she’ll have another awesome book in the works or finish. If she writes anymore sci-fi/paranormal stuff, I will read it, buy it and probably love it.

Cover Art Review: I like the flowers and the spring/summer look to the eyelashes. The book starts out in winter though, so it’s more metaphorical. It’s very beautiful.

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