by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #3
Published by HarperCollins Release date : February 4th, 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult
Source: Gifted | Format: Hardcover
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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.
*Possible spoilers. Enter if you dare*
Shatter Me is one of my favorite series. So naturally, when the book came out, I put off reading it. Not only because I didn’t want the series to end, but because when initial reactions came out I KNEW what would happen. At least, one angle. The ass hole in me was sitting back here with an evil smile on my face because I WIN. Not true, but whatever.
I just want to go on the record and say, I have always liked Warner. Initially, not as a love interest but because he is a complex character that I wanted to know MORE about. Adam, while sweet and swoony at times, was just not IT. It’s hard to explain, so I wont. Anyway. I felt a lot of things whilst reading. I was happy. Confused. Irritated. Angry and finally, content. Did I love it? Yes. But not as much as I thought I would. There were a few things that were really disappointing.
There were changes in Ignite Me. Changes with Juliette, Warner and Adam. Juliette’s character growth over the course of the series has been remarkable. When we fist met her, she was timid, scared and honestly I feel, NOT ALL THERE. In Unravel Me, we see a more emotional side to her. Trying to get her bearings and handle all the changes and her feelings for Adam and Warner. Not to mention, understanding her powers. In Ignite Me, she is a completely different person. She is STRONG, takes control, knows what she wants and will stop at nothing, to get it.
I know what y’all most are thinking about the changes to Warner and Adam. And, as most would agree, Adam had the most drastic of changes. The thing is, I took his, and Warner’s “change”, a little different then I think others might. Admittedly, both did a complete 180 almost and there were a few times I was a little thrown by the drastic change. BUT. I chalk it up to not really KNOWING someone. Not knowing what makes them tick, what makes them really angry or what drives them to do what they do, until you really know them. That’s how I felt about both Adam and Warner, and their change.
That aspect of the book, the love triangle, I was happy about. I said it in my Unravel Me review, but I always thought Juliette cared for Adam because he was the first person that could touch her. That first love feeling. Warner made her feel things Adam didn’t. Plain and simple. I always thought he knew and understood Juliette more than Adam did and everything that happens in Ignite Me, proves that. Warner loves her for who she is, what she has become and what she will continue to do.
Adam, is what pissed me off the most. I feel like this guy was a bomb waiting to go off. Was he drastic? Yes. Was he an ass? Yes. What is realistic? YES. He’s like a big fluffy teddy bear. Sweet, fluffy and soft (or WAS). I don’t think he could handle Juliette’s changes even if Warner wasn’t in the picture. And honestly, I feel like he is a coward. It’s one thing to fight for what you believe in while you’re WINNING, than to fight when no one else will. He wouldn’t. The things he said and did just really pissed me off. He’s an ass.
Let’s talk about Kenji (because everyone likes to talk about Kenji). I like Kenji, I do. He is probably the only character that has really stayed the same. You know what to expect from him. I love his and Juliette’s friendship and he is hilarious. But I was rather put off by him in Unravel Me. He came off too strong, in my opinion and he did something in Ignite Me that royally pissed me off. Good intentions in all but still. And, that’s really all I have to say about that.
Above all, my favorite thing about this series is the writing. It’s so beautiful and unique. The style is different from the other two books, but she has said that is because Juliette has become a more reliable narrator. And I agree. I will say though, there were a few weird metaphors but overall, I just love her writing.
My Peeve – You know that BIG REVELATION about Warner and Adam? Yeah, that was irritating. This was a huge secret and it was literally just brushed over for later. 2-3 pages. That’s it. Maybe because Warner was in shock? I don’t know. Also, the “war” and the ending. The whole series is wrapped around fighting the Reestablishment and it was just so anticlimactic for me. When I finished, I just sat there thinking, “That’s it?!” It’s open enough to know that things aren’t OKAY. It’s just their first step into taking over. I guess I was just expecting more to come about. *shrug* Lastly, what happened to Castle? He’s there but barely.
Overall – I loved it. I love the writing, the character growth and everything in between. Plus, Warner. Not all fans of this series will love the conclusion to this series (you know who you are :D). Still, I highly recommend it. I can’t wait to see what Taherah has in store for us next.