Release Date: February 4, 2014
Genre: Young Adult – Dystopian
Type: Series (Shatter Me #3)
The fate of Omega Point is unknown. Everyone Juliette has ever cared about could be dead. Juliette may be the only one standing in The Reestablishment’s way. But to take them down, Juliette will need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together to defeat their mutual enemy, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knew — about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam — was wrong.
Why Am I Here:
In the aftermath of Omega Point’s first (and failed) attack on The Reestablishment, Juliette is left alone, disorientated, and separated from her friends. When she wakes up from the nearly-fatal wound caused by The Reestablishment’s supreme leader, Anderson, she wakes up to Warner — who Juliette learns is keeping her hidden and safe in his private rooms until he figures out the next plan of action. Presuming that all she’s ever cared about has been destroyed, Juliette’s out for revenge – no matter the consequences. Even if it means working with Warner.
Plot and Pacing: Hot and Cold (and Warner)
I had so many feelings and expectations upon reading Ignite Me, and right now it’s all cluttered into an incoherent mess of… I don’t knows. Okay, let me start off with the bad: the plot and world-building in this final book was quite unsatisfying. Mafi’s writing is a mix of effortless poetry and prose, which is absolutely beautiful; however, much of this dystopian world is underdeveloped. Granted, this story is told strictly from Juliette’s perspective, but there wasn’t enough detail to firmly plant the reader into Juliette’s chaotic world.
By the end of the book, I felt unsatisfied with the lack of plot; the action sequences, especially the much-anticipated ‘face-off’, were rushed. I know, I know — I hate myself for feeling this way, because I am a huge fan of Mafi’s writing and the Shatter Me series; I just expected Ignite Me to end big, to take more risks, to finish strong in the same way the series started.
With all that said, this novel was more of a character book than a plot one. And let me tell you, the character development made up for it in so many delightful ways
Character Thoughts: On Fire
Can Mafi write a more perfect character? I mean, I’ve been a fan of Warner from the start — there was always something about being a super-crazy psycho at the surface that really stood out to me. Seriously, it was a pleasure to see Warner’s character unraveled in Ignite Me. As he spends more time with Juliette, you see his true nature, why he is the way he is, and you can’t help but love him (or love to hate him) for it.
I’ve discussed this in the previous two novels of the series, so I’d have to say I was pretty scared for Juliette in this instalment. I was afraid she’d remain the passive, broody girl from when we first met her, but oh, was I wrong. Juliette really branches out in this book — with thoughts of vengeance and freedom to spark her flame, Juliette was indeed a force to be reckoned with. And I am so glad she was finally able to live up to her abilities.
Addictive Factor: Mr. Bad Boy
This one’s a no-brainer because Warner stole the heart of every page. Being part bad boy/ part badass makes for a damn addictive storyline, and yes, I could not put this book down. Put aside all the Team Adam/Team Warner debates… actually, who am I kidding; Warner wins all the gold. And chapter fifty-five?! Man. Mafi knows how to tug at our hearts, guys.
Despite lacking in some aspects, Ignite Me was a story about character — about a hopeless girl living in a more hopeless world, and her story of finding that one spark that gives her a purpose to live. The Shatter Me series was quite an emotional journey, not only for Juliette, but for readers as well. So here’s to Mafi — for shattering, unraveling, igniting all our reader-hearts.
Bookaholic Verdict: shattered, unraveled, and a spark away from ignition
Quotaholic: “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.”