Apr 28, 2014

Book Review | Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Ignite Me

Author: Tahereh Mafi
Published: February 4, 2014 by Harper
Format: Paperback
Rate: 4.7/5

     From the asylum of Juliette in Shatter Me, and to the underground resistance of Unravel Me, here comes Ignite Me, the epic conclusion in the Juliette Chronicles that would decide the fate of Juliette and her companions in a war against the Supreme.

     Omega Point was destroyed as far as anyone could tell. There's no survivors left of the underground resistance except for Juliette and the healer twins, Sonya and Sarah, both whom the Supreme too with him. With no one to turn to, an unlikely alliance between two groups was formed, both driven with the same goal: to kill Anderson, the Supreme Commander and one of the founders of The Reestablishment. Secrets, lies, lost loves and unlikely bonds were all captured in this thrilling last installment in the series that would take any reader's breathe away until the very last page.

     Juliette finally grows into a strong heroine, who finally stood up for herself after years of being shunned away by the society. Throughout the series, it is highly noticeable of the changes she'd undergone through: from her scared and quiet demeanor in Shatter Me, to the determined but somehow afraid of her own ability in Unravel Me, and here she is now, a formidable warrior whose revenge is ignited by the death of her friends, and is now ready to lead a war, one that she's determined to win.

     However, some of the intense scenes in the novel felt like it's not enough, that it felt rushed. Also, Tahereh Mafi's beautiful words was toned down, unlike in the first two novels in the series. Moreover, gone are the repetitive and run-on thoughts of Juliette, as well as the crossed-out ones, which is a good thing for Juliette because she's finally built up the confidence to be herself, and she's not afraid to do so. Unfortunately, without these thoughts of Juliette, the novel in some way has lost some of its appeal for the fact that it is what makes the series unique. Aside from that, there's some loose ends that was quickly wrapped up without a full explanation of why it happened, just like the part when Adam became so explosive. 

     On the bright side, readers would get to see more of Warner. His thoughtful and tortured soul was all over the novel as Juliette gets to know him more on a personal level.

     Ignite Me will grip and twist the readers' hearts, and will keep them on edge until the last page. It will be hard to say good bye as the series comes to an end.

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