Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
Narrator: Kate Simses
Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
Date Read: March 2014
Genre: Dystopian, YA
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.
Series: Shatter Me #3
Also by this author: Shatter Me, Unravel Me br> br>
Also in this series: Shatter Me, Unravel Me
Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 2.50
Story Rating: 3.00
Character Rating: 2.00
Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)
Part 3 of the Series Review: Maybe spoilerish though not on purpose. I just want to be as specific as I can why Ignite Me didn’t work for me.
First Thought when Finished: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi was a little to heavy on the romance and “woe is me” angst for me to enjoy but I did enjoy books 1 and 2.
Part 3 Thoughts:
I swear I have decided that it is me not Dystopian series at this point! They sale like hot cakes and the endings seems to be a favorite of most everyone but me. Which BTW is not a bad thing, I love that there are books out there for every reader! I have decided that I need adult dystopian with no triangle and the last book should be dedicated to kicking ass, changing the world, and maybe getting the one guy/gal that you have been attracted to the whole journey(or at least going out in a blaze of glory). This is the 3rd YA one that I have read and rated the last book a 2. In each of those cases it was because the characters (or character) did something so unlike how I saw their character in my mind that it made me scream. In this case, the only character that I felt stayed on target was Kenji and he wasn’t a main “3” player. I felt the complete 180 of Adam’s personality (which I must admit I did not read the novellas which might have changed my mind) was out of left field and didn’t make much sense to me. Warner while I find intriguing and would love get one of those people from Investigation Discovery channel to sit down and analyze was another “bad boy” who wins scenario. I believe in fresh starts and second chances but there are big issues that needed to be addressed in this case. Juliette–what can I say? She is bad ass unless she is wrapped up in angst which unfortunately was most of Ignite Me! Problem: Kenji wasn’t around enough to put a stop to that ridiculousness. The actual bare-bones story part of Ignite Me I thought was pretty good and the end was actually satisfying. I wish more time would have been spent on that instead of the relationship drama. I think the action and suspense could have blown me away.
Narrated By Kate Simses / Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
Kate did a wonderful job. I thought she encompassed all of Juliette, Warner, and Adam. She brought to life their emotions (maybe a little too well) and nailed the pacing of each of them. Great Job overall!
Final Thoughts: If you are a fan of dystopians then I do think you should give this world a whirl. Please go read other people’s reviews because there are some great ones out there. I think they are more the audience that enjoys these stories and a more accurate reflection of how most people will feel. I just had to be honest about my feelings.