I confess, this trilogy has me completely baffled. Half the time I’m beyond frustrated. The other half? I’m fangirling quietly and laughing out loud.
Thank you, Allen & Unwin, for the ARC! Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi hit shelves on February 4th, 2014.
Juliette now knows she may be the only one who can stop the Reestablishment. But to take them down, she’ll need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knew-about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam-was wrong.
Tahereh Mafi is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the SHATTER ME series. She was born in a small city somewhere in Connecticut and currently resides in Santa Monica, California, where she drinks too much caffeine and finds the weather to be just a little too perfect for her taste. When unable to find a book, she can be found reading candy wrappers, coupons, and old receipts. SHATTER ME is her first novel.
Foreign rights have sold in 25+ territories to-date and film rights have been optioned by 20th Century Fox. Her work is represented by Jodi Reamer of Writers House, LLC.
I’m so confused about my feelings for this series! I didn’t love Shatter Me, but everyone assured me I’d like book #2, Unravel Me. They were right. I adored it! So I dove into my ARC of Ignite Me with grave happiness (mostly hoping for: Warner).
I happily give it 4-stars, but (to me) it had a lot of problems. What kind? Fundamental problems! Like the fact that this is a 400-page book the action doesn’t start until page 340! The politics have holes so large you could fall into an abyss and be lost forever. And the realism? It’s just not there.
Ignite Me is all about the adorable CHARACTERS. This is what cemented the series as being labelled “good”, for me. The characters are breathtakingly awesome! They are so well written, and so well developed. I’m just…floored. I’m 100% attached to all the main attractions in this book (one, er, cough, in particular).
She’s our faithful narrator from book one. I love how she’s grown up. N’aww! All big and strong and punching people now. Bless her death-inducing skin. She’s no longer the insane crying girl we met in an asylum. I love this about Juliette. She changed, but she kept who she was.
Kenji gets mentioned before the love interests because: he’s Juliette’s best friend. He. is. awesome. I’ve never read an epic series where there was a GUY who wasn’t attracted to the female main character. They stayed just friends! This is amazing and ground-breaking! It. is. possible! Woot!
Kenji is quite possibly my favourite character. His is drop-dead hilarious. I laughed out loud! I never do that when I’m reading. And not just once…every second chapter. Everything that pours out of his mouth is sassy and hilarious. He is brilliance. Pure briliance.
“Oh,” I say, blinking in surprise. “He’s my best friend.”
Warner looks at me. Raises an eyebrow.
I stare back. “Is that going to be a problem?”
He stares into his hands, shakes his head. “No, of course not.”
(Psst! That’s how you know Warner is a keeper!)
Weeell…hello, Adam. What happened to you? I feel so sorry for Adam. He’s the love interest in book #1, Shatter Me. He’s quite moody and serious. I love that. I love how the author hasn’t labelled the spontaneous “happy” people as the “good guys” and the moody and quieter people as the “bad guys”. This book breaks so many stereotypes! I feel sorry for Adam, but I don’t regret Juliette breaking up with him in book #2. I never regretted it in the entire book. Because…
Warner is the villain. Aw, no he’s not! I mean, he was quite villainous in the first book, but keep your eyeballs in your head, it was all a show! He had to be evil, but he’s not really. But pyscho? Oh, he’s definitely one little psycho lollipop. While he spent a lot of the book moping and being “wounded” (so unattractive, dude), he continued his smoothness. I have shipped Warner and Juliette since book #2. I shipped them SO HARD in Ignite Me I nearly drowned in my tear-induced ocean for their shipping to sail on.
It’s a love triangle, yes it is, but it’s a fabulous love-triangle. I don’t usually say that! To date, the only love triangles I’ve read and liked (and I’ve read a lot of them) are The Hunger Games, Splintered, and Ignite Me. This series has renewed my faith in love-triangles. Yay!
I liked this triangle because both love-interests were well developed characters. I honestly couldn’t tell, at some points, who Juliette would pick! Although, in this book, I knew if she didn’t pick Warner I was going to toss her into said ocean of my tears and watch her drown. Gosh. Adam was a jerk. Kenji even said it! When Kenji says Adam is a jerk, you’d better believe it.
Adam said a lot of cruel things to Juliette because a) he was in love with her and she stopped loving him, b) she broke his heart, and c) she picked someone he hated over him. Adam had been abused all his life! I get why he was that way. But he was horrible to Juliette. You can’t claim to love someone and then be cruel to them when they don’t love you back. That’s not love. He wanted her to be a quiet sweet girl, and when she changed, he couldn’t let her go.
Sad. But suck it up, mate, THERE IS WARNER.
I’m sorry! I’ve only talked about the character so far…but in terms of everything else, there’s not much to talk about. And THAT is the problem, I feel.
There is no action. There is talking. Talk, talk, talk. Break hearts. Fix hearts. Argue. Break more hearts. Bond. Express feelings. Talk, talk, talk.
WOULD SOMEBODY PLEASE GO BREAK SOMETHING FOR ME?
Less than 100-pages of actually doing stuff doesn’t make a “heart-stopping” conclusion as Goodreads declares. It makes a comfortable conclusion. The entire book was brain-numblingly comfortable! It was! If the author hadn’t hurt a main character up till now, I didn’t think she’d hurt anyone properly in the last book. I didn’t think the ending would be rainbows (and it isn’t), but I was safe in the fact that she felt like a “kind” author.
It was nice on my feels…buuut, my critical analysing brain worked overtime.
Plus, sorry, but the entire world didn’t have any concrete politics or backstory. The politics didn’t make sense. What was everyone doing? What did the soldiers do? Why didn’t people have electricity and food? What was happening? How can the mutants just pop up and say, “Sit tight! We’ll take over and save you!” and everyone believe them? Why did Juliette sometimes get shot and not others? Why was Warner “good at everything”? It’s not logical. Why did Castle ever have any influence on anyone at all!?? He was a snivelling scientist with not a political or leadership bone in his body.
Where did they get the Spandex to make their suits in this dystopian climate?!
The ending basically looks like this:
With more of this:
And I kind of wish it’d done this:
Ignite Me is definitely an amazing book with truly fabulous writing and TO DIE FOR characters. Add in a bit of plot and it would have knocked my socks off.
Cait thinks Ignite Me should have used the phrase, “We have a Juliette”…instead of, you know, the “we have a Hulk”. It would have worked. She has taught her 3-year-old nephew to say say, “Mime is a Hulk.” She considers that good aunty-ing. Currently she’s reading FALL FOR ME in which angels kiss vampires. (Can you imagine their children?)