The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times best-selling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, best-selling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, called "a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love."
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.
The Shatter Me series is perfect for fans who crave action-packed young adult novels with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu. Tahereh Mafi has created a captivating and original story that combines the best of dystopian and paranormal, and was praised by Publishers Weekly as "a gripping read from an author who’s not afraid to take risks." Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and satisfying end.
©2014 Tahereh Mafi (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers
“Rip-roaring adventure and steamy romance scenes, with a relationship teens will root for as much as they did for Bella and Edward. Inventive touches propel the story, such as strikeouts that reveal Juliette’s inner thoughts. The final chapters leave Juliette, Adam, and Warner well poised for round two.” (Booklist)
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Oh yes. So well written, such good vocal work, such a wonderful turn and redemption for the characters!
Oh all the steamy moments between Juliette and Warner. And Juliette's evolution. Sooooo good!
My darling Kenji. What a great character.
I cheered for the ending! I want more!
I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
EVERYTHING! The writing, the narration...the story...I loved it!
its kinda like a hunger games-divergent mix...but very unique on its own account...this is a beautiful series...and the ending was good!
Juliette first, then Warner...Kate Simses is an excellent narrator...I could listen to her all day long!!!
Oh I practically did....lol if I didn't have to sleep, I would have!!
I was never team Warner till I did my re-listen of books 1 and 2...and then this book sealed the deal...I was appalled by Adams behavior, and proud of Juliette for finally getting a back bone...I knew she had it in her...I loved this series very much...I am sad to see it end...I hope this author writes more books, because she is truly gifted with words...I have and will continue to recommend this series and I will be listening to it again!! 2 thumbs up!!!
Mmmmm.... yes I would.
The 3 books in the serie are very good, although there were times in the story that I got very annoyed with the characters specially Adam and sometimes Juliette too.
But Warner definetily overshadowed the other two. What an amazing character !!!
I wouldn't have given 4 stars to the book if not for Warner.
I love dystopians. Everything about the end of the world as we know it, a new regime and how the main characters survive the challenges set upon them is very apealing to me.
So for that reason only this books had me from the first chapters of the first book add to that the well develope plot, the settings and the interaccion between the 3 main characters and you couldn't go wrong with the books
This was a good ending for the trilogy.
When Julliete finally tells Warner how she feels.
Yes there were several.
The best one for me was the ending.
I simply love happy endings.
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Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 2.50
Story Rating: 3.00
Character Rating: 2.00
Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)
Part 3 of the Series Review: Maybe spoilerish though not on purpose. I just want to be as specific as I can why Ignite Me didn't work for me.
First Thought when Finished: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi was a little to heavy on the romance and "woe is me" angst for me to enjoy but I did enjoy books 1 and 2.
Part 3 Thoughts:
I swear I have decided that it is me not Dystopian series at this point! They sale like hot cakes and the endings seems to be a favorite of most everyone but me. Which BTW is not a bad thing, I love that there are books out there for every reader! I have decided that I need adult dystopian with no triangle and the last book should be dedicated to kicking ass, changing the world, and maybe getting the one guy/gal that you have been attracted to the whole journey(or at least going out in a blaze of glory). This is the 3rd YA one that I have read and rated the last book a 2. In each of those cases it was because the characters (or character) did something so unlike how I saw their character in my mind that it made me scream. In this case, the only character that I felt stayed on target was Kenji and he wasn't a main "3" player. I felt the complete 180 of Adam's personality (which I must admit I did not read the novellas which might have changed my mind) was out of left field and didn't make much sense to me. Warner while I find intriguing and would love get one of those people from Investigation Discovery channel to sit down and analyze was another "bad boy" who wins scenario. I believe in fresh starts and second chances but there are big issues that needed to be addressed in this case. Juliette--what can I say? She is bad ass unless she is wrapped up in angst which unfortunately was most of Ignite Me! Problem: Kenji wasn't around enough to put a stop to that ridiculousness. The actual bare-bones story part of Ignite Me I thought was pretty good and the end was actually satisfying. I wish more time would have been spent on that instead of the relationship drama. I think the action and suspense could have blown me away.
Narrated By Kate Simses / Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
Kate did a wonderful job. I thought she encompassed all of Juliette, Warner, and Adam. She brought to life their emotions (maybe a little too well) and nailed the pacing of each of them. Great Job overall!
Final Thoughts: If you are a fan of dystopians then I do think you should give this world a whirl. Please go read other people's reviews because there are some great ones out there. I think they are more the audience that enjoys these stories and a more accurate reflection of how most people will feel. I just had to be honest about my feelings.
I have spent a good bit of my student loans on audiobooks.
Why it is that whenever you find an awesome Dystopean trilogy, the third books always sucks? *cough Hunger Games, Delirium, Divergent cough*
Since I've been dying for this conclusion, I forced myself to NOT get excited. So much disappointment in the past has traumatized me. However, I was pleasantly surprised.
Mafi somehow managed to fix everything I hated about the first two books within this one. She wasted no time focusing on things I really didn't care about, and she left me with the only complaint that it is OVER. :(
Okay, now I'm going to dive into a few spoilers.
As far as the love triangle goes, was there really any question who she would choose? The title is "Ignite Me". It's not little bird or whatever Adam has tattooed. It's Ignite Me. Boom. I mildly wish I would have re-listened to the first two books, so maybe I wouldn't be so Pro-Eric. But, who could seriously ship Adam in this one?
I have to admit that Warner's reasons for being so evil to J come off as a little excusey, but we have to take into consideration who our narrator is. Juliette (I'm pretty sure she spells her name differently than this, but since I've only listened to the audiobook, I have no clue) was not a reliable narrator. She was a MORON in the first two books. She was so helpless and pitiful that it makes perfect sense that she would create Warner as an evil dude...Well maybe Warner created that for himself, but whatever. J is the problem Mafi fixed by the way.
She was pretty badass in this one. Finally. Sheesh, only took killing her to make her grow a backbone. It is a little doubtful that a 17 year old could successfully take over the world, but I could not bring myself to care. I wanted her to do it. I don't care about the logistics. I don't live in this world. I just want my protagonist to take over the world.
Now I'm going to gush about my absolute favorite character: Kenji! HE'S AWESOME. I literally laughed out laugh with his comments in this one. It was kind of embarrassing laughing at my ear buds. A part of me wishes he could have ended up with J. How cool would that have been? How many love triangles end with with the girl jumping ship and getting with the random? It would have been epic. I wouldn't have minded if Eric turned out to be a sociopath. I didn't necessarily ship him, but he's less sucky than Adam.
Speaking of Adam, how perfect was Juliette's speech about breaking up with him? I loved that. It perfectly describes EVERY first love. She only fell for Adam because he was the first dude to give her attention/TOUCH her. She needed someone to inspire her, and he couldn't do it for her anymore. (Reference to Delirium::::::: Lena & Alex, anyone?) I appreciated how Mafi spared her readers from having a huge internal struggle over which guy she should chose. It was decided early on, and decided for the right reasons.
Lastly, I simply can't leave a review on audible without mentioning the brilliant performance by Kate Simses. She is fabulous. She portrays the soft and frail voice of Juliette perfectly. She somehow makes her voice sexy for Warner. And I'm still freaked out by how her James voice literally sounds like a little kid.
Reader's awesome, author's awesome, characters are awesome, ending's awesome
I never thought I'd give a 5-star review for a book with practically no plot and a bunch of fairly unlikeable characters. But it is a testament to author Mafi's skill that I was completely engrossed throughout the entire series. Yes, it is by no means a perfect collection; but the few faults are far outweighed by the emotional pathos and character development across the entire story arc. And well, there's Kenji - one of the funniest (and most fun) 'best friend' in any book I've ever read. I'd never have thought I'd be laughing as much as I did from Kenji's scenes. Anyone who stopped at book 1 is advised to give book 2 a chance - just for Kenji.
Plot: Omega Point is destroyed, the survivors living desperately, and Juliette has been safely hidden in Warner's compound apartment. In the time spent recuperating from being shot by Anderson, Juliette comes to a greater understanding of herself and the true nature of Warner. But Adam, Kenji, and the rest can't understand her new trust/respect of their hated enemy. And quite frankly, Warner doesn't even care. For him, it's all about Juliette and everything else is irrelevant. But together, Juliette and Warner will bring the survivors together and form a plan to take out the supreme commander and exact revenge. If they don't kill each other first.
Surprisingly, despite an abrupt end (the action ALL takes place in the last 10% of the book), it finishes in a satisfying manner. But what really set this book and the series apart for me is that there was so much character growth and contemplation of human nature. Most of Ignite me is Juliette coming to understand herself, about Warner's true nature, Adam and puppy love, and about the true meaning of strength. Anyone who has read the two novellas that proceeded this book will already know Juliette's conclusions about her relationships with Adam and Warner. It is all smartly written and for once, I really appreciate that a character understands WHY she loves someone and why they would love her back.
I think a series like this hits several sweet spots for me simply because I appreciate emotion when done correctly and a romance that isn't what it seems. If anything, a lot of the book is showing the negative aspects of a relationship and how easy it is to be confused and to be weakened by the wrong partner. Considering most YA teen books are about first loves and far too perfect matches (with no understanding of why the characters are even attracted to each other) Shatter Me really stood out.
The let downs? I wish the x-men subplot had been jettisoned (the "Juliette super hero spandex suit was back in this book, sadly). It drew the attention away from the pathos and that was both a distraction and a frustration. The book could really have stayed focused on emotion and development rather than superheroes and physical strength.
In the end, a tale of obsessive love, introspection, and a far from perfect (set) of love interests kept me hooked and eagerly reading. This was definitely not a story about either a dystopian landscape or insta-perfect-love. It's all about Juliette's growth from a shuttered, shattered, broken soul into a strong and independent person who learns her own strengths.
Note that I listened to the audible version of this book and the narration was excellent. The narrator did an good job and the producer/narrator really deserve a raise for the smart choices made to bring this version to oral form.
I look forward to Mafi's next series.
Actual Rating 3.5 Stars
My Initial Reaction...
Overall, I really enjoyed Ignite Me and I'm mostly happy with how the trilogy wrapped up. I do have a few gripes though...
One of my gripes is most definitely NOT the narration. Kate Simses knocked this series out of the park for me and I would pick up a book she narrated without thinking twice. She mastered the poetics of the writing, while still giving characters unique voices full of personality.
This is my gripe. Who are these people? I just spent 2 books and 2 novellas getting to know Juliette, Adam and Warner and then all of a sudden they emerged in Ignite Me with traits that I didn't see coming at all. It's like they just all jumped this big chasm without warning me and so I fell down it instead of jumping with them.
The most believable and least changed for me was Warner. I've always liked him and knew that there was this side of him that we just hadn't seen. And Warner is probably the reason I liked Ignite Me as much as I did. I seriously enjoyed seeing him get a LOT more vulnerable and really letting everyone see how amazing I already knew he was. We're seeing some emotion and a lot of love from Warner in Ignite Me and it's not just for Juliette.
Juliette has pulled a 180 on us. Shy, insecure, slightly off girl is gone replaced with confident, kick ass chick. In general, I'm okay with this. I like my women strong and confident. But holy cow - am I supposed to believe people change that much overnight? One of the biggest tells was a literary device that completely disappeared in Ignite Me - no more scratching out of thoughts. Juliette, who used to scratch out almost every thought she had is now so confident that not once in the entire book did she scratch out a thought. I wish I could gain that much confidence over night! My deal is the believability factor. Not only did I have trouble believing that she could become so incredibly confident in such a short span, but I really struggled to accept that everyone else would just accept it. I mean this girl was afraid of her own shadow weeks ago and now you expect me to believe everyone's suddenly going to be okay just following her? Because I'm supposed to believe that this 17 year old girl who's been OBLIVIOUS to the world is now the BEST person to run it? Sorry, I would have qualms! Believability aside, at least I DID like this new Juliette. She's pretty kick ass, and confidence is sexy...
Too bad I can't say the same for Adam. I never was a big fan of the guy - he had a serious hero complex and was way to protective. But he wasn't a bad guy, so when did he become a total ass hole? I swear the teenage angst that suddenly appeared in this trilogy all due to his break up with Juliette was almost unbearable. I actually felt like this book could have been more appropriately titled How to Take Your Breakup Like a First Rate Ass. I don't know who this new Adam is, where he came from, or how I'm supposed to believe he had a complete personality transplant...
All that aside - I still loved Kenji. Adam's little brother James and Warner had some seriously great moments. The characters in general weren't bad, just not the same people I met and grew to know.
The story for Ignite Me was solid, for the most part. I could have done without the relationship drama and resulting teenage angst. But I really enjoyed the development of powers - across the board, not just Juliette - though her developments most certainly were the most bad ass. Warner's probably should have been, but they didn't get the attention they deserved IMHO.
I did have a couple problems. Again there's that believability factor I already mentioned - especially as it pertains to Castle. I could SORT OF believe that all these kids would follow Juliette, but Castle? What was with him? I was also bothered by references to things like Jet Li and the Power Rangers. It felt really out of place - here you've convinced me that we're living in this to dystopian world so fully separate from our world and then BAM! you throw in references that just don't fit for me.
I feel like I spent this review gripping and I feel bad about that because I did really enjoy this book. I couldn't put it down and read it super fast. I just wanted it to be MORE epic. The first two books and two novellas were so good and I just felt like Ignite Me didn't live up to the books that preceded it.
I loved these books so much I am almost depressed that it's over. I couldn't stop listening... on my morning and afternoon drive to work, at the gym, when I get home in the evening... I couldn't get enough!
Kate Simses is very talented, and I would love to find more books narrated by her. She has great emotion and does a great job of giving each character's
voice it's own identity!
As for the story - I'm in love! This genre is my favorite so I've ready many dystopian book series and I have to say, this might be my favorite. And although I will now search desperately to find a book that I like as much as this one, I don't expect to.
When Juliette tells Aaron he was right about her feeling toward him.
She made the Juliette character so real. She nailed the emotion in Juliette's character, and she also gave so much life to the other character's that she wouldn't even have had to say who said what... You would know by her voice.
Interesting, captivating, easy
The twists and turns in the series made me want to read more just to know how life ended up for all of the characters.
She brings the experience out when she reads the story. Gives the book more to be enjoyed.
Mostly YA Book Obsessed!
The narrator and the characters!
OMG, Chapter 55-58. So much swoon!
I’m not a huge fan of love triangles. Mainly because 1.) I fall for the wrong guy. 2.) I hate when a ‘love interest’ is added when you know they aren’t even a competition. Like, did anyone really think Bella would end up with Jacob?! But my main reason for not liking love triangles are because they always end in one of the following ways (at least the ones I’ve read):
1. One of the love interest dies.
2. One of the love interest sacrifices himself for the girl he leaves, leaving the door open for her to end up with the other guy guilt free.
3. A love interest magically appears out of thin air for one of the love interests, again leaving the door open for her to end up with the other guy guilt free.
Despite my claim of not liking love triangles, I do end up reading them and even enjoying them even though they drive me crazy. Although I’ve always liked Adam, I was always a Team Warner fan. It was driving me crazy to have absolutely no clue who Juliette would end up with in Ignite Me. And I was terrified that one of my favorite characters (Warner, Kenji, Adam, James) would die. I was even willing to be satisfied with a Team Adam HEA, as long as nobody died. Please don’t let Kenji die! I was so happy to find out that Ignite Me doesn’t end in one of the above ‘solutions’ AKA cop-outs.
When an early copy of Ignite Me showed in my door step on Monday (I don’t know how but I love you Harper Teen!), I was excited/nervous/scared/terrified. I pretty much put life on hold while I devoured this (and my nails) in one day. Although this book didn’t end up going the way I was expecting, at all, I loved this book so much! It’s beautiful, it’s brilliant, it’s a work of art! I was surprised at how much this story did not end up going how I thought it would (to be fair, I had a lot of theories). Did I still like the ending? Oh hell yes! I loved it so much more because of this!
Looking back now that I’ve read the final book, it’s pretty obvious (now) that this was never really a love triangle. Not a fair one anyway. Yes, Juliette had mixed feelings about both Adam and Warner, but she was also just trying to figure out who the hell she is during all of this. Unlike in Shatter Me and Unravel Me where she was scared and whiny, this Juliette knows what she wants and she’s out for blood. Now Juliette knows exactly what her purpose is and she’s ready to choose who she belongs with. I loved seeing this fierce Juliete, she kicked ass! I was so excited by how freaking hot this book was! (totally not in a pervy way) There were so many swoon worthy and ‘whoa, did that just happen?’ scenes in there that made me blush and will leave you forgetting all about Chapter 62 in Unravel Me. Because this one right here tops it!
I really hope you end up loving this story no matter if you are Team Adam or Team Warner. Because the writing is as beautiful and captivating as always. Kenji’s scenes are reason enough to read this book, regardless of what team you’re on. Because he has some hilarious scenes! Not only do we have the classic funny Kenji moments, but with have a lot of heartwarming and tear-inducing scenes between him and Juliette and him and James that had me re-reding them a few times. I just want to give Kenji a hug! And the scenes between Warner and James were heart-melting. Cue the ‘awwwwwws’. Although I was expecting heartbreak on some level, Mafi wrote an amazing ending to this epic series! Although I’m sad to see this series end, when I turned the last page, I was left with a sense of ‘Wow, that was good.’ I’m also secretly hoping we get a spin-off to some lovable characters (Kenji!) because I guess I’m not ready to let these characters go yet.
I am just in awe of what an AMAZING job Kate Simses does pulling this off! I’ve read all the books and heard them on audio and I have to say that the audio is my favorite. And you’ll be happy to know that she nails Kenji’s voice and personality. Definitely a favorite that I will listen to several times!
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