Review – Ignite Me
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  • February 27, 2014

Ignite ME

Ignite Me is the final book in the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi. The first book was in my top ten favourites a few years ago and I loved the sequel, Unravel Me. Ignite Me released a few weeks ago to generally positive reviews. I have avoided every one of them in order to preserve my read of the book, not wanting any spoilers to corrupt my thoughts. I’m very happy that I did this because this was an excellent read. I love this trilogy, completely and whole-heartedly. For me, they are perfect books.

* Spoilers ahead for those who have not read Shatter Me or Unravel Me *

Juliette has escaped Anderson with her life barely intact. Now, in Warner’s stronghold, she learns that Omega Point has been destroyed and her friends along with it. Broken and grief-stricken she longs to destroy the Reestablishment. However, her fate rests squarely in Warner’s hands. He is the only one alive who can nurture her growing abilities, and the last person that she should trust. Can Juliette forget their pasts long enough to let him inside?

This series, these books, are nothing short of remarkable. There’s a poignant brilliance about every book that strikes the reader through the heart. I cannot begin to articulate the power of these books. They have found a home in my brain and I will never be able to let them go.

Much of the depth of these series lies in Mafi’s phenomenal character development. There’s an ease and beauty in how she draws her characters like a painter rather than an author. There are finite details she renders that reveal an indecipherable skill to her writing. The principle players are smart and hard to pin down. Juliette herself is a whiff of smoke, intangible and just out of one’s grasp. I can’t say precisely why I love her or what about her growth and her journey appeals to me. I just know that she does. There’s both a grace and an eerie presence to her that will stay with me for a long, long time.

What I enjoyed about this particular book is Juliette’s eventual embrace of herself. She’s been all over the map emotionally for the entire series and there are times when I hated her for it. In this book the man whom she loves calls her out whenever she proves to be intolerable. He berates and provokes her into action. But he never dismisses her. He serves as a brilliant counterpoint to her poorly adjusted social skills. It’s a tremendous thing to see a character in the Young Adult market who is forced to account for her own poor behaviour. There aren’t many authors who hold their own up to such high standards. But Mafi does and I cannot tell you how much I need it at this point in my YA reading career.

I adore Tahereh Mafi. She has made me care about characters that I never thought I would, and she has done it with style.

Gorgeous, lyrical, surprising, elegant, and haunting. I loved every word.

Thank you, Tahereh Mafi. You’re on my auto-buy list now.

5 out of 5 stars.

– BP

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