Title: Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: Harper (Imprint of HarperCollins), 2014
Genre: YA Dystopian, YA Science Fiction
It’s come to an end…
Ignite Me is the final book in the series.
What a series. Tahereh Mafi is a wordsmith, weaving worlds together as I read each sentence. I held my breath, and I was pleasantly surprised at the turn of events. I can’t give you spoilers, but I will say that I love Warner and I want to have his babies. So sexy. So confident. So broken. So in love with Juliette. And Adam pisses me off. Royally.
So I guess I should summarize, but it’s hard when it is a final book in a series. So I’ll do the best I can. And by that I mean I will use Goodreads for my summary.
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.
Ok, that doesn’t seem to be enough. Warner and Juliette spend more time together, as Omega Point is destroyed and Juliette is told her friends see dead. In actuality, some people survived the bombing, and they were told Juliette is dead. Warner starts to break down his walls, explaining how some of the things Juliette believes about him are wrong. He visits his ailing mother, who has a similar problem to Juliette: she can’t be touched. But she can’t be touched because touch is agonizing to her. She is medicated and kept locked up by the Supreme Commander, Warner’s father. Warner also lied about his reasons for claiming Juliette from the asylum in the first place: he was hoping he could get her to help his mom. Juliette sees a whole new side of him, especially the scars that crisscross across his back from being whipped by his father. There is one word tattooed on his back: “Ignite.”
When Juliette locates the few survivors of Omega Point, Adam sees the chemistry between Juliette and Warner, and he’s not happy about it. He tells Juliette he was happier believing she was dead. This is one of the most powerful scenes in the book, and one of the most beautifully-written. I can’t make GIFs, but I can take pics of a page:
Is This Classroom-Appropriate?
No. Not this one. Maybe none of them are. I noticed that there’s some bad words (the s-word mainly), and some pretty intimate moments, so it’s not great for kids. I think the first book would be great for creative writing. I rhink excerpts of Mafi’s writing could be used in college classes as examples and models. But I’m doubting the idea of using it for a high school English class. And it’s sad, because her writing is beautiful. (I just found out it’s been optioned for a film!)
So Lexile.com only profiled Shatter Me and Unravel Me, which makes me wonder if the site recognizes that rhis book was a little more intense than the others, especially in the intimacy department. I blushed a couple times. I’m going to have to use my best judgement here…so I would suggest 15 and up, just for prudence. Of course, maturity level matters and whether the reader already read the other two books…and the other two are suggested at 14-17…so this one is just a simple judgement call. If you think your reader is mature enough to handle some language issues and a little implied horizontal sporting, then by all means, allow them to read it. But not matter what, if they’ve read rhe first two books, you HAVE to let them finish the series. Not to let them would be cruel. Don’t be cruel.
Though I felt the ending was a bit rushed and a little too open-ended, I give Ignite Me ★★★★★. Which means I give the entire Shatter Me saga ★★★★★. I do wish that there was more, that it didn’t end so abruptly, but I didn’t write it. But I am happy with the results, and that’s all I could hope for. I will be looking for more of Mafi’s books in the future and I will never underestimate her again by thinking her books would be formulaic. They’re not. I was constantly pleasantly surprised. And I still feel like Mafi is not done with her characters…despite what the Acknowledgment page said. She left just enough open to continue Juliette’s story. Just enough.
Happy reading and happy Labor Day weekend! Next is A Court of Thorns and Roses, and maybe some Tags that I’ve been meaning to do!!