Sunday, March 23, 2014

Review: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me, Book 1)

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
Published by HarperCollins (02/04/14)
Genres: Young Adult
Format: Audiobook

Pages: 416 (Kindle) • Source: Rented
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My rating: 4.0

Synopsis 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. 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.
My Thoughts

I have waited a few days for this review because I wasn't sure where to begin. The conclusion to Mafi's Shatter series was highly anticipated and I couldn't wait to see what would happen with these amazing characters. I'm glad to say I wasn't disappointed; although, I wasn't entirely satisfied either. It was a bitter sweet ending and while I love the direction the story took there was a lot left to be imagined. Normally, I don't have a problem with this. I'm not the sort of person that requires a books ending be delivered to me in a perfect gift box with bow included; however, there are certain aspects that I have to at least be able to anticipate or, at the very least, be able to come up with on my own. I regret to say that a few things were left with no direction or possibility to foreshadow. With that being said, I think the best way to provide this review is with a "like" vs "didn't like" mentality.

What I liked 

1. As with the second book in the series, I loved the character of Warner. I think I fell in love with Warner in book two; even though, I really liked him in book one. I know a lot of people have issues with him and the way in which Mafi changed him in this book, after all he was the villain, but as we learn in this conclusion, people are not always what they seem and sometimes circumstances make people do things they wouldn't normally do. But from the beginning Warner was a strong character and even as a villain I loved him. 

2. Kenji, Kenji, Kinji ... need I say more?

3. Juliette gained some (excuse the phrase) balls in this book. She was no longer the crying, scared, and needy girl she had been in the previous two books. Dying and coming back to life can have that affect on someone, regardless of what others think. She was fearless and in control of her situation at all times and I only wish this had happened earlier in the series.

4. Mafi's writing. I don't care what anyone says, she has a way of putting emotions into words and placing the reader in the moment that is just amazing. Yes, some metaphors and inner monologues are a bit cliche or eye-rolling, I'll admit it, but for the most part, it's truly beautiful.

What I didn't like
**major spoiler alerts**

1. I hated Adam. I can't believe I'm saying it, but it's true, I despised him. Anytime he spoke I was utterly annoyed, honestly Mafi should have just let us think he was dead like we did in the beginning. I think this would have let him die with some dignity and level of admiration toward him. 

2. The moment of Juliette's "revelations" with Warner were unrealistic. I think there should have been some amount of foreshadowing for these things from the beginning. It felt like she was speaking to the reader more than a conversation between two people. The entire scene seemed to be for the skeptics and not for Juliette herself who, let's face it, got over these things in the previous book. If you didn't know this, would you be hot for someone you despised or even allow them to touch you? Yeah, me either.

3.  Lastly, the ending. It just left way too much to be desired. The "fight" with Anderson was so fast I kept waiting for him to reappear. There's no closure between the brothers (Warner, Adam, and James) I would have loved to know are they going to tell James, are they going to reconcile? There's no direction as to what happens to the country. I mean OK we get it she won the battle, but then what, what about the others, what about the people, how will things get better? Like I said, too many questions left unanswered.

All in all I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone, but you have to be willing to give up more than the usual reality that you do with fiction and do not expect to have all loose ends tied up because it's just not going to happen. 

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