Ignite Me – book review

Ignite Me book

Thrilling, magnificent and mind-blowing… Ignite Me is the perfect end to the wonderful Shatter Me series, written by Tahereh Mafi.

Omega Point has been destroyed. Juliette doesn’t know is her friends, or even Adam, are still alive. But nothing will stop her from taking down The Reestablishment once and for all. The Reestablishment has to be stopped. The one person Juliette has to rely on is Warner, the commander of Sector 45. This is the one person Juliette never thought she’d be able to trust. But Warner isn’t everything she thinks he is. Warner promises to help Juliette gain control over her powers and take down The Reestablishment to save the world around them. But Warner is hiding secrets. Can Juliette really trust him? Does she have a choice? Warner says he wants to help her, but is that the only thing he wants with her?

Ignite Me. I can’t even form sentences right now. Amazing. Thrilling. Absorbing. Spectacular. Wonderful. Dazzling. Magnificent. All those words don’t even begin to describe how fantastic this book was and how much I loved it. I’d been waiting and waiting for this book to come out. And finally. I’ve read it. I know how this unbelievably mind-blowing series comes to a perfect end. I felt like everything about this book was perfect and I couldn’t have wanted a better ending. It was absolutely beautiful. Well done, Tahereh. Well done.
From the very first page, I was thrown back into the world of powers and The Reestablishment. It was magical. I’d forgotten how much I loved how these books were written. I absolutely love it. I love the short and sharp sentences. I love how Juliette thinks. I love how Tahereh uses paragraphs to her advantage to make things more dramatic. It’s genius. The way this book is written just conveys so much emotion. I knew from the very beginning that this was going to be a book that I wouldn’t be able to put down until I had finished it. I started reading it in the evening and didn’t stop until 2am, when I reluctantly had to close the book and go to sleep. But then I woke up at 6.30am and couldn’t get back to sleep. All I was thinking about was Ignite Me. So I sat up in bed and read the rest of the book. When I turned the last page of this book, I just sat and grinned like a mad person. This was exactly the way a phenomenal series should end. I was so happy that finally a dystopian series would end perfectly. Thank you, Tahereh. You have renewed my confidence in finding a good ending to a dystopian series. I laughed and I cried and everything was perfect. This book took me on an emotional journey and this book is one of the best books I’ve ever read. It is definitely the best book I’ve read so far this year.
The thing I loved most about this book, apart from the brilliant ending, were the characters. I feel like Juliette has grown up so much more from when Shatter Me began. In Shatter Me, Juliette was timid and afraid, scared to use her powers in case she hurt anyone. But now, she’s grown into such a strong character who is determined and brave and willing to do whatever it takes to make things right again. I loved her courage and how she never gave up, even in the toughest of situations. And then there’s Warner. When we were first introduced to him in Shatter Me, I hated him. I thought he was cruel and cold-hearted. Never once did I except my opinion of him to change so dramatically throughout this series. I started feeling a little kinder towards Warner in Unravel Me, but I really started loving him when I read the novella Destroy Me, which is written from Warner’s point of view. I understood his struggles and what made him the way he is. It goes into greater depth about his past in Ignite Me and Juliette discovers why he treated her the way he did. Everything about Warner was explained and the more I learnt about him, the more I realised that Warner was right for Juliette, not Adam. But even after all the horrible things Adam said to Juliette about her and Warner, I still cannot hate him. He was speaking his mind and even though at times I really wanted him to stop talking, I couldn’t hate him. After everything he’s been through, I can’t blame him for saying those things. He was broken-hearted and emotional and I can’t fault him. All of his reactions were realistic and I still really liked him as a character. In Ignite Me, we really get to see the real Adam. And then there’s Kenji. This guy made me laugh so much and I just love his hilarious personality. He’s a really great guy and Juliette’s lucky to have him as a friend. I loved all of their conversations and I especially loved it when Kenji teased Juliette. It was so funny. All of the characters in this series are so well written and they are all so vividly different.  These people I have come to love and even though I’m extremely happy with how this series ended, I’m also sad that one of my favourite series has come to an end.
I absolutely loved reading Ignite Me and I’d give it a score of 10 out of 10. Wow. I’ve never given a book 10 out of 10 before. I believe a book always has room for improvement… but not this one. I can’t find anything about this book that I didn’t like. Ignite Me was spectacular and I will be rereading this book again and again. I can’t wait to see what Tahereh Mafi will write next, but whatever it is, I’ll be reading it as soon as it comes out. If you haven’t read the Shatter Me series yet, I highly highly highly recommend it. If you have read Unravel Me and haven’t yet picked up Ignite Me… I’m disappointed in you. What are you waiting for? Go and read it right now! You won’t be disappointed.

A huge thank you to Allen & Unwin Publishers Australia for providing me with this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review!