Review: Ignite Me | Tahereh Mafi

This review is spoiler free.

“Ignite, my love. Ignite.”

Series: Shatter Me
Published: 2018, by Electric Monkey.
Pages: 414
Format: Paperback
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Fantasy, Romance
Contains: Death, Violence, Murder, Kidnapping, Blood/Gore, Guns, Sexual Content, Strong Language, Injury, Trauma, War, Torture, Grief, Abuse, Child Abuse

‘Ignite Me’ is the next book in the Shatter Me series, where Omega Point has been 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 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.

I first read this book a few years ago whilst recovering from illness, and I remember absolutely loving the story. It seemed like such an easy read for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Not much has changed now, and here’s why.

Juliette develops beautifully in this instalment, finally coming into her power and accepting who she is. She’s stronger, much stronger than she used to be and she doesn’t seem to complain as much as she used to either. She’s evolved into a powerful character and I love that about her.
Adam. however, just seems to be getting worse. She’s self-centred, aggressive and continuously grumpy, regardless of everything his friends provide him. He’s given a safe place to rest, to take care of his younger brother, and all he does is act aggressively towards Juliette and Warner. There’s no meeting him halfway with this character, he’s completely wrapped up in his own world, and it’s increasingly frustrating.
Warner still remains my favourite character, discovering more and more about the person he is behind the façade, and it was incredible to read. Having Warner have something added to his character, drip-feeding the readers more about him as he develops, was wonderful. I much prefer the Warner he has become.

The writing style was simplistic and easy to devour. Although, it has taken me a little longer than necessary, I still found it more enjoyable than the previous instalment. This story is getting increasingly better, and I find myself anticipating the next novel in the series.

Overall, I deeply enjoyed this book. The characters are improving, the world is becoming more whole, and I’m finding myself looking forward to the next book.


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