Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi| Audio Review

August 27, 2014 Reviews 20

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi| Audio ReviewIgnite Me by Tahereh Mafi
Narrator: Kate Simses
Series: Shatter Me #3
Published by Harper Audio, HarperCollins Publishers on February 4, 2014
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Length: 9 hours 50 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased

One day I might break
One day I might break free

Nothing will ever be the same.

The fate of Omega Point is unknown. Everyone Juliette has ever cared about could be dead. The war could be over before it ever really began.

Juliette is the only one standing in The Reestablishment's way. She knows that if she's going to survive, The Reestablishment cannot.

But to take down The Reestablishment and the man who very nearly killed her, Juliette will need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together to bring down their enemy, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knewβ€”about Warner, her abilities, and even Adamβ€”was wrong.

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…

The Narration…

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.

The Characters…

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…

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.

Concluding Sentiments…

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.

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About Tahereh Mafi

T A H E R E H M A F I 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.


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20 Responses to “Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi| Audio Review”

  1. Katherine

    These covers have been catching my eye for awhile! Even though this isn’t the type of book I’d normally reach for this sounds like a series worth reading I hate when characters change that much that quickly though. Glad you enjoyed the series even though this one had some flaws.
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  2. Melanie Simmons

    I can see a shy character who gets confident over several books, but not somewhere between books two and three. That is not good. I don’t read much YA because I don’t do angst. I usually bail out when that starts. I dealt with it for a while, but there are too many adult novels without that for me to read and not enough time in the day. One day if I have more time, I’ll go back and try them. Great review. I know how you feel about feeling like you bash a book that you enjoy. I’ve done that a few times.
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    • Berls

      I usually steer clear of the angst too – but sometimes it sneaks into series I’m already committed to and then I’m stuck because I hate to bail. That’s what happened here. So many things caught me off guard with this book – I’m not sure if there was supposed to be another transitional book or what. I kind of suspect that the author changed her direction based on fan response, which is not cool πŸ™ Still enjoyed it, just didn’t ADORE It.
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    • Berls

      I did enjoy it πŸ™‚ I loved Warner’s transformations I just wish everyone else had been a bit more consistent. Oh well, they can’t all be perfect and at least it was an enjoyable read!
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    • Berls

      Seriously, what was up with Castle? I mean, this adult is just going to follow Juliette? Especially when everything he’s seen (and commented on) suggests that she’s not able to handle most social interaction, let alone leading a nation!?! That was a big problem for me. The angst bugged me, but I can work through angst to an extent – it just really bothered me that it had to appear all of a sudden after the trilogy had been relatively free of it up to this point. I feel like it was an okay ending, but the trilogy could have wrapped up way better.
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    • Berls

      Me too! I mean, I was team Warner from the very beginning, but I still liked Adam and thought he was a good guy. And then all of a sudden he’s dissolving over a failed relationship! Say what? No, it didn’t make sense.
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    • Berls

      I could almost wonder the same thing, but the style was mostly consistent. I think she let herself get influenced by fans comments and change her plans for the series. It’s the only way I can explain the big changes she made to the characters.
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    • Berls

      The trilogy ended okay, but this book was no where near as good as the first two, unfortunately. I still enjoyed it, but the massive changes in character didn’t really jive well for me.
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