Saturday, June 6, 2015

Ignite Me

I did it! I don't know why it took me so long considering how I blazed through the second book in the Shatter Me series, but I finished it! It was so frustrating because I was reading it on my lunch break at work and there were only 10 pages left when I had to go back to work. They were calling to me like a siren's song. But anyway, the weather is beautiful and I'm waiting to be picked up for my figure skating lesson, so I thought I'd tell you about the final book in the Shatter Me trilogy, Ignite Me.

Retrieved from Goodreads
Omega Point is gone. Most of the powered people are dead or scattered and injured. Juliette finally realizes what needs to be done: the Reestablishment needs to be overthrown and Anderson needs to be killed. But there are problems. They are so few, and she doesn't have complete control over her powers. She's lost an ally in Adam and she's so mixed up about what she feels for Warner. But this is bigger than any of them, and the final battle draws near.

So, I have insanely mixed feelings about this book. I'm going to divide this into two sections: parts I liked, and parts I didn't like. Let's go with the good stuff first.

Parts I liked:

  • Kenji. I love his friendship with Juliette. It's so funny and so grounding for her, and it's nice to see a platonic relationship between a guy and a gal in a YA romance.
  • Less imagery. Okay, this is actually more complicated than that. Over the course of all three books you can see how Juliette is becoming more sane. In the first book there's all these crazy thoughts and crossings-out and she's really deep in her head. There's less in the second book and even less in this one.
  • Warner/Juliette sexy times. Okay, let's be real, Mafi can write some haaawt stuff. It'll make you blush, but you will enjoy it. Just putting that out there.
  • Juliette's growth. While I enjoyed the last two books, something about Juliette's complete weakness bugged me. I wanted her to...ya know...wake up and realize her power could be controlled and used for good. And that she doesn't have to be the submissive, overly-dramatic girl who cries all the time. And in this book she does gain self-awareness and move past a lot of her drama. This makes for some great joking around with Kenji
Parts I didn't like:
  • Warner/Adam transformation. This one may get long folks. So at the start of the book Warner is a psychopath. But when Juliette calls him on it he points out that all the terrible things he did to her were not actually what she thought, or he had a good reason. Then gets upset that she thought he was a bad person. NOPE. Sorry. That's what we call abusive. I got mad, and that tainted my view of Warner for the rest of the book despite the fact that he becomes a nice guy. Adam's transformation went in reverse. Yeah, I'm totally down with a story that has the MC realize they're in an abusive relationship. But give ME a hint that it's abusive first so his raging out makes sense.
  • Nothing really happened. If you look at the story as a whole, not much happened. I won't spoil it, but there's not much action, and what action there is is really really short. Which takes us to point number three.
  • Resolution. Nope. I'm sorry, stop reading if you don't want a spoiler. No WAY should Juliette lead the new government. Yeah, she's uber powerful, but that doesn't mean she knows how to lead a government. Revolution, sure, she could be a general or something. But a 17-year-old who has no idea about anything in the world should not be the leader. And I'm sorry, but the adults she was with should have realized that, and she won those soldiers over by terrifying them with her powers, not making them realize they have a chance of winning and she's the best choice for a new leader. It will go poorly. I guarantee. Her confrontation with Anderson was what...3 pages and that was that. It was sadly short.
Goodreads Rating: 3 Stars
Up Next: Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

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