Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi

13188676From 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”

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.


 “Ignite, my love. Ignite.”

I had a few concerns when I first read Shatter Me (#1), I thought that, perhaps Tahereh was trying (at times) too hard to be lyrical and I wanted Juliette to tap into her dark side because she was almost too good but that’s not the way she was meant to be.  Having finished the series, I get it and I’m only sorry I didn’t realize her brilliance sooner. What Tahereh does is create a voice that is uniquely Juliette before she begins her journey of self-discovery and her voice/writing evolves dramatically as the story progresses.  Every word, every action that she created in the Shatter Me Series was done with strategic purpose and I applaud her for being courageous enough to do something different.

 “Do you never get exhausted being so wholly unbearable? You have as much charisma as the rotting innards of unidentified roadkill.”

If I loved Warner in the previous books, I adore him even more now and I’d like to have his fictional children.  His character kept revealing shreds of who he was/is at every turn that he left Juliette stunned and all too often, speechless.  His character developed slowly as did his relationship with Juliette and it was a slow burning and absolutely perfect.

 “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.”

Like Warner, Juliette evolves and learns to fall in love with herself before she can truly love anyone else.  It’s that revelation that propels her into a leadership role and she starts to become comfortable in her own skin. Her voice is powerful; she’s sure of herself and knows that she wants to live her life to fullest.  She still displayed a certain vulnerability at times but that’s what made her so endearing.

 ”This is about me and what I want. This is about me finally understanding where I want to be in ten years. Because I’m going to be alive, Kenji. I will be alive in ten years, and I’m going to be happy. I’m going to be strong. And I don’t need anyone to tell me that anymore. I am enough, and I always will be.”

My only major gripe with the story is, the scenario with Anderson was a bit rushed, and I almost wished it would have slowed down because that defining moment should have been enjoyed there was so much anticipation leading up to it that it felt anticlimactic.  Actually, the ending in general felt rushed but in no way did it take away from my overall enjoyment of the book.

 ”Don’t ask me questions you already know the answers to. Twice I’ve laid myself bare to you and all it’s gotten me was a bullet wound and a broken heart. Don’t torture me. It’s a cruel thing to do, even to someone like me.”

Adam warrants his own spin-off series because he completely changes, like everyone else and I think there is some darkness that clouds his judgment.  I totally understood where he was coming from and while I don’t agree with his actions, I got it.

 “I’m not sure. But there’s something about the darkness, the stillness of this hour, I think, that creates a language of its own. There’s a strange kind of freedom in the dark; a terrifying vulnerability we allow ourselves at exactly the wrong moment, tricked by the darkness into thinking it will keep our secrets. ”

And what makes this dystopian series different from all the rest is that it’s heavy on the romance and the overall X-Men feel had me jumping up and down for joy.  I devoured every book and couldn’t get enough! ;)



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