Ignite Me Book Review

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi Book Review

Ignite Me is the conclusion to Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series, a young adult dystopian romance. If you haven’t read the series but plan to, skip to the review of the first book in the series because this review will contain major spoilers. Harper Collins | Kindle Edition | 2014 | 421 pp

Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) Book Review
Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) Book Review

In this world, the nefarious Reestablishment has taken advantage of an environmental crisis and used it to take over the world by issuing false promises. When the people realized what kind of fascism it had allowed to rule, it was too late. Go with the flow or be executed. Also in this world of poverty, communism, and military rule is a small contingent of people who have developed strange new powers – much like the X-Men. They come together to use these powers to fight back against the Reestablishment.

In Shatter Me, Juliette had been imprisoned in an asylum because of her ability to kill with a touch. She was rescued by her old friend-turned-flame Adam and brought to the resistance at Omega Point. In Unravel Me, Juliette pushes Adam away because she’s afraid she might harm him and develops a possible connection to Warner, her former and misunderstood captor and son of the Supreme Commander. Warner also has powers and can touch Juliette without consequence. At the end of Unravel Me, Juliette was executed by Warner’s father and brought back to life with help from Warner and two healers.

Ignite Me begins with Juliette waking up in Warner’s rooms in the Reestablishment compound. The attack is over, and Warner tells her that her friends are dead, Omega Point had been bombed, and it wasn’t his call. Warner only wanted to save Juliette. Warner proves what happened by bringing Juliette to the bomb site, but Kenji is there  – alive. Warner disappears, afraid Kenji will kill him, and Kenji brings Juliette to Adam’s old quarters where a handful of survivors including Adam and his younger brother are hiding out.

Juliette is overjoyed to see her old friends alive and she explains what happened to her after being caught by the Reestablishment. She also relays how Warner had been the one to save her – and how he wants to help to bring down his own father, the Supreme Commander. Adam balks, and throws a whole bunch of shade at Juliette. It’s clear to everyone that she has more than just a friendship with Warner, former public enemy #1.

With some reluctance, Warner proves his loyalty to the resistance by providing them with training quarters, food, hot water, safety, and weapons. Together, and with an increasingly belligerent Adam, they hatch a plan to lure the Supreme Commander and bring him down.

Well, she did it. Mafi found a way to get Adam out of the picture by turning him into a complete monster. For those of us who were still shipping a Juliette/Adam romance, refusing to be lured in by bad boy Warner, the author destroyed all hopes of that safe harbor by making it impossible for Juliette to forgive Adam. Some words are unforgivable. On top of that, Warner is shown to be severely misunderstood, fragile even, and in need of rescuing by Juliette. Furthermore (the best part of the book), Juliette exhibits huge character growth. In the first book Juliette was whiny and self-absorbed. Now she has morphed into a strong warrior and this change in her personality changes her relationships with others, especially with Adam.

Still, I didn’t want it to go there. If you’re going to start a series with the dreaded insta-love, it better end with the same romance. In this case, it did not – which I found disappointing.

Another problem I had is that we never found out what caused these super powers in certain people. What was it? Radioactive spiders? The Night of the Comet? A viral pandemic? No mention of any possibility is even hinted at which is a gaping plot hole in my opinion. Perhaps one of the companion novellas tackled this issue and if so, it is something that most assuredly should have been mentioned in the main books.

In all, this is a fun dystopian series, but certainly not my favorite.

Ignite Me is the conclusion to Tahereh Mafi's Shatter Me series, a young adult dystopian romance. If you haven't read the series but plan to, skip to the review of the first book in the series because this review will contain major spoilers. Harper Collins | Kindle Edition | 2014 | 421 pp Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) Book Review Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) Book Review In this world, the nefarious Reestablishment has taken advantage of an environmental crisis and used it to take over the world by issuing false promises. When the people realized what kind of fascism it had allowed to rule, it was too late. Go with the flow or be executed. Also in this world of poverty, communism, and military rule is a small contingent of people who have developed strange new powers - much like the X-Men. They come together to use these powers to fight back against the Reestablishment. In Shatter Me, Juliette had been imprisoned in an asylum because of her ability to kill with a touch. She was rescued by her old friend-turned-flame Adam and brought to the resistance at Omega Point. In Unravel Me, Juliette pushes Adam away because she's afraid she might harm him and develops a possible connection to Warner, her former and misunderstood captor and son of the Supreme Commander. Warner also has powers and can touch Juliette without consequence. At the end of Unravel Me, Juliette was executed by Warner's father and brought back to life with help from Warner and two healers. Ignite Me begins with Juliette waking up in Warner's rooms in the Reestablishment compound. The attack is over, and Warner tells her that her friends are dead, Omega Point had been bombed, and it wasn't his call. Warner only wanted to save Juliette. Warner proves what happened by bringing Juliette to the bomb site, but Kenji is there  - alive. Warner disappears, afraid Kenji will kill him, and Kenji brings Juliette to Adam's old quarters where a handful of survivors including Adam and his younger brother are hiding out. Juliette is overjoyed to see her old friends alive and she explains what happened to her after being caught by the Reestablishment. She also relays how Warner had been the one to save her - and how he wants to help to bring down his own father, the Supreme Commander. Adam balks, and throws a whole bunch of shade at Juliette. It's clear to everyone that she has more than just a friendship with Warner, former public enemy #1. With some reluctance, Warner proves his loyalty to the resistance by providing them with training quarters, food, hot water, safety, and weapons. Together, and with an increasingly belligerent Adam, they hatch a plan to lure the Supreme Commander and bring him down. Well, she did it. Mafi found a way to get Adam out of the picture by turning him into a complete monster. For those of us who were still shipping a Juliette/Adam romance, refusing…

Great Character Growth

My Rating

3.5 Stars

The positive is that Juliette exhibits great character growth and becomes strong in both body and spirit and we, as readers, needed that.

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Rebecca Skane

Rebecca Skane is the self-instated editor-in-chief for the Portsmouth Review. She holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree from Lawrence University in Wisconsin and resides in Portsmouth, NH with her husband and two children. She is the founder of The Portsmouth Book Club which boasts over 1,000 members. She also doubles as a professional escapist. Her genres are scifi and fantasy, both adult and young adult - but she often reads outside of her preferred genres. You can follow her on GoodReads.


  • Aw I am sorry that you didn’t enjoy the conclusion more. I was definitely Team Warner, so I liked it haha but I do understand why you didn’t- a lot of people weren’t thrilled with the changes in Adam. I did love Juliette’s growth though! Great review 😀

    • Thanks, Shannon. I did see a lot of people who were very happy with Warner and the direction overall. Usually, I love this stuff. This was one of the few times I was displeased.

  • Oh that’s too bad you didn’t enjoy this book so much, I can understand the issues you had with it, though. I really liked Warner and the turn the story took, but I can understand it’s not up to everyone’s tastes. I’m glad you still managed to enjoy it a little bit 🙂

    • It happens. YA is my favorite genre and will remain my favorite despite this series not working for me. I did find some things I liked about the series and I am glad I read it.

  • I can’t decide whether this is a series I should be starting or not! I’ve heard so many mixed reviews and the Insta-Love is probably going to be a real issue for me….. 🙁 The character growth sounds promising but I’m not sure I could get through the rest.

    • You really never know. A lot of people just loved this series so maybe give the first one a try.

  • Sorry you didn’t really enjoy this conclusion! I quite liked Warner and how the story went, but I also completely understand your points! I didn’t like how Adam was indeed kind of made into a bad guy to facilitate the change in love interest. Also, the world building was indeed very lacking. But Juliette’s character growth was amazing and so much fun to read.

  • I was always a fan of Warner after reading his short story but I totally understand everyone else’s opinion about him, I have friends who are still really upset with this series, haha. Glad you could find some other elements you enjoyed in this series though!

    • Thanks, Alise! It definitely had its moments. I never read any of the companion novels and it probably would have helped a bit.

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