Break Out of Your Own Prison: A Review of “Ignite Me” by Tahereh Mafi

Posted: February 9, 2015 in Book Review

Goodreads.com Description: “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.”

My Thoughts:

Ignite Me was a thrilling read right up to the end. As a matter of fact, I got to the end of the story way too soon.

Although I enjoyed this series, Mafi left a few unanswered questions with this final installment. It would have been nice to know what transpired between Adam and Warren. Also, I wanted to know how Juliette handled her new role. Perhaps a chapter or two would have ended this series better.

There were some anticipated outcomes readers could enjoy: the demise of Anderson, Warner gets his just reward and Juliette finally matures. I think the best part of Ignite Me is when Juliette realizes that she created her own prison. She had the means to break out of the asylum, but, she let others control her actions. Juliette didn’t act in her own best interest nor did she think for herself. If she had opted to do those two things, her life would have been different. In the end, she didn’t need a knight to come to her rescue. Juliette just needed to be freed from her captive thinking. And, that speaks volumes for anyone.

Mafi continued to interject humor in this series. Towards the end of Ignite Me, I felt like the X-Men joined the story. There were great visual details to enhance this element of the book.

I loved the interactions between Juliette and Kenji. Their friendship was poignant and even humorous at times–the whole dialogue about Kenji not being Bruce Lee was funny.

I thoroughly enjoyed the series. With its great descriptions and plot line, the Shatter Me series would make a great movie.

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