Audiobook Review: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi (SPOILERS)

Posted March 19, 2014 by Felicia S in 2.50 Wine Glasses, 2014 Read, Audiobook, Reviews / 16 Comments

Audiobook Review: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi (SPOILERS)Source: Audiobook Purchase

Format: Audiobook

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.

More Information:
Publisher: HarperAudio
Series: Shatter Me #3

Also by this author: Shatter Me, Unravel Me
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.

Audio Thoughts:

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.


FTC Disclosure


Story Rating
3 / 5
Character Rating
2 / 5
Narrator Rating
4 / 5
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16 responses to “Audiobook Review: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi (SPOILERS)

  1. Amy

    Skipped past the spoilers. Looks like it kind of lays an egg in the end πŸ™ glad to hear the narrator is bueno. I’m going to re-listen to Shatter Me before I dive back in.

  2. So glad I decided not to continue this series. I am irritated with Harper Collins and there novella publishing scheme. I think it is ridiculous that they remove key parts of the story and put them in novellas that aren’t accessible to everyone. I will think long and hard before I read another one of their trilogies for this reason.

  3. This is one series where I think the novellas were an absolute must. If I read this without them I would have struggled to understand the characters. Having said that, I loved this series and thought this was a fantastic last book.

  4. Very interesting review! I find it intriguing to read a low rating on a book that usually goes for 4’s or 5’s. I’ll let you know what I think when I get there πŸ™‚

    I have also found myself drawn to New Adult Paranormal versus YA Paranormal. Maybe it’s just the phase of life we are in πŸ™‚

    Great post Felicia!

    • I always feel bad when I don’t love something that other people did. I also have high expectations of last books in series so that doesn’t help either. Had this been the 2nd book, I think I would have rated it slightly higher.

      I do believe that the reading experience is just as much about us as readers as the book itself. The YAs I tend to like have very blunt straight forward leading characters that have gumption. There is usually no love triangle because the lead doesn’t have time for them LOL

  5. I skimmed since I haven’t gotten here yet, but I am sorry you didn’t care for it. Still won’t dissuade me from trying it since I really did enjoy the first book and I’m going to add the novellas to my list for this series. πŸ™‚ At least you liked the other 2! πŸ™‚

    • I actually think 99% of people will like the story A LOT. In fact, it was one scene towards the end tipped my rating from a 3.5 to a 2.5 and that scene will not bother you (I guarantee it)

  6. My husband is from Philadelphia, and I live there for a while can I booo this rating?..LOL
    This is where I started to really like series, but I honestly, I think sometimes is hard to keep reminding yourself that the characters reactions are never going to make complete sense to us. I didn’t think very responsibly and was very reckless when I was young, so maybe that’s why YA characters still work for me, but it sound like the plot didn’t work for you either πŸ™
    I have to give you kudos for finishing the book tho. I don’t thin I would have, that’s why I respect your opinion and I totally understand πŸ™‚

    • I think that is probably a lot to do with it. I wasn’t reckless when I was young (didn’t even go out past curfew, cut class, or any of that stuff). I was such a straight laced kid so I think sometimes that is why YA is lost on me. I do think a lot of it has to do with what I bring into the story as a reader. Plus I was in a love triangle when in HS and I was blunt even then so it might be a personality thing LOL

    • Most people (I mean seriously 90% of the reviews are 4/5) loved this book including Loupe and Janese. I will say this the writing was strong and the story flowed easily. It just had those YA triggers that make me bonkers LOL

  7. Well shoot! I’m sorry it didn’t end well for you. I am a ya dystopian chick so hopefully I like it more than you did. Thanks for being honest though πŸ™‚

    • Oh I think you will love it. I am not kidding when I think this reaction was very much on me as the reader and not on the book. I think the things that bugged me won’t bug most people.