Ignite Me (Shatter Me Series #3)

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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 ...

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Overview

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 knew—about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam—was wrong.

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Editorial Reviews

Shelf Awareness on Ignite Me
“Mafi unveils the tragic effects of war; these revelations, along with the high-octane battles and a narrative that traces the growing empowerment of her characters, bring this trilogy to a strong and blazing finish.”
Teenreads.com
“IGNITE ME really does ignite all five of your senses. It blows your mind and makes you hungry for more of its amazing characters. It will completely blow your expectations; Tahereh Mafi truly knows how to deliver!”
Booklist on Shatter Me
“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 on Unravel Me
“Ready for round two? The war between the Reestablishment and its citizens is ramping up in this sequel to the steamy dystopia Shatter Me. Fans will be thrilled with the secrets unveiled in this one.”
Shelf Awareness on Unravel Me
“It’s time for war in the edge-of-your seat sequel to Tahereh Mafi’s dystopian Shatter Me. Mafi creates characters that readers feel invested in. The lyricism of the first book carries over in this installment.”
Booklist
“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.”
ALA Booklist
“Ready for round two? The war between the Reestablishment and its citizens is ramping up in this sequel to the steamy dystopia Shatter Me. Fans will be thrilled with the secrets unveiled in this one.”
Shelf Awareness
“It’s time for war in the edge-of-your seat sequel to Tahereh Mafi’s dystopian Shatter Me. Mafi creates characters that readers feel invested in. The lyricism of the first book carries over in this installment.”
New York Journal of Books
“The story and character arcs are glorious and well thought out. Tahereh Mafi has proved herself a masterful plotter and storyteller.”
Kami Garcia
“Dangerous, sexy, romantic, and intense. I dare you to stop reading.”
Lauren Kate
“Addictive, intense, and oozing with romance. I’m envious.I couldn’t put it down.”
Ransom Riggs
PRAISE FOR THE SHATTER ME SERIES:“Tahereh Mafi’s bold, inventive prose crackles with raw emotion. A thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love, the Shatter Me series is a must-read for fans of dystopian young adult literature—or any literature!”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books on Shatter Me
“Fans of Cashore’s Fire, Oliver’s Delirium, and, yes, Twilight will find this addictive.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books on Unravel Me
“Compelling and bittersweet.”
Lauren Kate
“Addictive, intense, and oozing with romance. I’m envious. I couldn’t put it down.”
Kirkus Reviews
Fighting an oppressive regime is an afterthought in this conclusion to Mafi's romantic trilogy.

Unravel Me (2013) left the resistance thoroughly trounced. Juliette barely escaped death at the hands of Warner's father, and she's rescued and hidden by Warner on the base. In a refrain familiar to the series' readers, Juliette again vows to fight back, for real this time, and to destroy the Reestablishment. But first, she must romance Warner and find out what's become of her Omega Point friends. Romancing Warner is easy: Warner's early, frequent, lengthy monologues explain how Juliette misinterpreted nearly every villainous thing Warner has ever done. It's even easier after Juliette reunites with the Omega Point survivors, finds Adam and gets a taste of his new, jerk personality. Broad strokes destroy any complexity, mystery or tension in the love triangle. Many of the most interesting and difficult moments, such as a conversation between Adam and Warner about their parentage, are glossed over in favor of the repetitive sharing of emotions. A high page count gives the novel physical if not psychological weight and includes such padding as Juliette's lengthy musings on a bar of soap. After all this, the end is all too easy, for characters anyway.
Well, most people are probably reading these books for Warner anyway. (Science fiction. 12 & up)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062085573
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Series: Shatter Me Series , #3
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 700
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Tahereh Mafi

Tahereh Mafi is a girl. She was born in a small city somewhere in Connecticut and currently resides in Orange County, California, where the weather is 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. Ignite Me is the final novel in a trilogy about Juliette.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted February 6, 2014

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    I will start with the generic, non-spoilery party of my review i

    I will start with the generic, non-spoilery party of my review in saying that first off that I had a feeling where characters were going to go and it frustrated me to no end. There were some really major character developments that I found seemed very OOC in a bad way, again feeding into my frustration.

    However, there were some moments that I enjoyed, particularly moments with Kenji, which was surprising, considering I didn't really care for him in the first 2 books. In actuality, I found him annoying to no end, but he redeemed himself in my eyes in this one.

    As for the pace of the story, well, there's major drama, too much angst, really, which made me want to just read over those parts faster than I normally read just to try to find some better parts.

    Overall, due to the dramatic changes in character and the frustration of some parts, I couldn't even give it 3 stars. I rated it 2 stars, mostly due to the enjoyment of Kenji.


    MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW...

    I know the author was very much siding for Warner to end up with Juliette before even starting the book. As to the means of having Juliette get there, I was frustrated and outright upset about, because this affected all that we understood Adam Kent to be. Yes, I really liked Adam. I felt that he cared more about her in a healthier way than Warner did.

    So, to see him go from the understanding, caring boy that Juliette knows and falls for in the first 2 books, to an absolute raging, controlling lunatic freak was completely disappointing. I don't like to use the word "forced" but this time I felt it really did apply in this circumstance, because it's obvious that the author wanted to make the volatile argument between Juliette and Adam become so unforgivable that she would never be able to be with someone like that. Even in the end, Adam became an afterthought and that completely broke my heart.

    Warner's development was a little less drastic. I still felt that he was too unhealthily obsessed with Juliette in the first 2 books and that Juliette's interest in him seemed so shallow due to his attractiveness. I didn't care for that. However, I did soften to him when more of his past came out. Still, I felt so much of what was written about Juliette's feelings to Warner was repetitive in a way that the author was really wanting me to like the idea of them being together as much as she did. Maybe I would've, if the change in the two boys didn't feel so forced and drastic.

    I guess the one truly saving grace for me in this final book of the trilogy was how much more enjoyable Kenji turned out to be for me. His sarcastic and comedic wit didn't grate on me at all this time around. And I loved the scenes between him and Juliette. This is one duo I didn't feel was forced on me to like this time. It felt comfortable and fun and cute in a brother/sister kind of way. So, yes, Kenji for all the wins in this one.

    I can't say I'm surprised that Juliette ended up with Warner in the end. I'm just disappointed in some aspects of the way it was brought about.

    And Juliette, well, I'm glad that she was able to find her courage and her freedom and strength. That is all.

    But I'm still very disappointed and angry regarding how Adam was written in this book because I have a feeling that people will find more of his reaction a reason to hate him. Tahereh has turned my favorite character into a jerk, to put it very mildly, and I'm not happy about that.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    The actual action, which is very little, comes very late, almost

    The actual action, which is very little, comes very late, almost only at the end of the book. The horrors of war was
    just glazed over. Juliet is now this indestructible super hero and Adam has been reduced to a constantly angry, 
    overly dramatic and bitter spurned lover. Warner is now Aaron. Kenji is just irresistible. Everything was tied up neatly
    at the end. Simplistic overall writing, predictable, forgettable except for maybe one very passionate scene. Overall::
    Not bad but could have been much better.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    The Best Ending To A Beautiful Trilogy

    This last installment wasn't just about the romance (which was pretty hot). It was about Juliette becoming such a strong main character. I absolutely loved her development through these books! I've never been happier with an ending than I was after reading this book. Definitely my favorite book from this trilogy.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    Boooo!

    She totally trashed adam in this book!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    Couldn't put it down

    I'm so sad to see this series finish, but what a beautiful story. I highly recommend this series to all my fellow reading junkies out there. Can't wait to see more from Mafi!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    WARNER

    Wghshansnejejejejend

    4 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    Idek

    I'm actually just sitting here waiting for Ignite Me to come out and I've read every exerpt and teaser I can but honestly this waiting is so excrutiating but I don't know what I will do after this seeing as its the final book. Time seems to be going so slowly and I'm super nervous since I know I'll probably finish it by the end of the day and I can't sleep at all. Okay

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2014

    It took me several days to congeal my thoughts about Ignite Me i

    It took me several days to congeal my thoughts about Ignite Me into something that I could actually put into words. My review that follows is not one I normally would write, in that, it’s rife with spoilers. I do apologize for that. To be honest, the writing of this review is going to be somewhat cathartic for me, and I’m sorry that you who haven’t read it yet, are on the receiving end of my word vomit.

    I will say that Tahereh Mafi is an absolutely beautiful writer. It flows and ebbs like water and she has the ability to elicit real emotion from me without much apparent effort. Her use of symbolism is unmatched. And, something new that I discovered about her – this woman knows how to write romance. Face-fanning, lady-bit tingling, jelly-legged romance. It’s good stuff.

    And, seriously, the covers of all her books in the Shatter Me series are orgasms for my eyes. They are the most beautiful series covers I’ve ever seen.

    So, on to the spoilers. If you haven’t read Ignite Me, you will want to stop now.

    Seriously – stop reading if you don’t want to know who Juliette picked.

    Last warning.


    My feelings on whether I “liked” or “did not like” Ignite Me are not wrapped up in whether my team won or lost. It’s not nearly as simplistic as that, although some might dispute that. Certainly, I’ll be the first one to admit that I wish Juliette had chosen the other guy, and that fact does color my overall opinion of the book to some degree. How could it not?

    We, as book fans, become so involved in our favorite characters’ lives that we create Twitter handles and websites dedicated to them. We passionately advocate for our favorite crushes and couples in tournaments and create badges and buttons announcing our allegiances for our blogs and Facebook pages. Of course the outcome of love triangles are going to affect our overall impressions of the books in which they are found, and there is nothing wrong with that.

    I have always said that the worst way out of a love triangle is to kill off one of the choices. And, I realized after finishing Ignite Me that that is exactly what Mafi did here. Granted, both Adam and Warner were physically alive in the end. But, all the qualities that made up the Adam that was introduced to us in Shatter Me died a fiery, horrible death over the course of this 408-page book, and frankly, it makes me more angry than anything else.

    Adam captured my heart from the very beginning. The story of how this boy helped this girl and became her only friend when no one else would dare brought tears to my eyes. Then, after spending years trying to find her, he risks everything to free her from both her physical and mental prison. He loved her practically his whole life, and the greatest gift was when he heard that her love was returned. He naturally wanted to protect her from all the bad scary things (love kinda makes you want to do that), but he also believed that she could be so much more.

    That man was nowhere to be found in Ignite Me.

    I appreciate that Juliette wanted to stop hiding and start living. But, didn’t she do that the second she jumped out of her bedroom window with Adam? Wasn’t she standing up for herself when she pointed that gun in Kenji’s face while in Adam’s apartment? Didn’t she take charge of her life when she made the decision to take Adam and James to Omega Point in the first place? And, didn’t Adam support her and go along with it all?

    The Adam that was presented to us in Ignite Me was bitter, cold and hateful. He was indecisive and angry. It was almost as if Mafi was trying to force her choice down my throat. I hate to break it to her, but I could’ve gotten behind her decision to put Juliette with Warner if she had given me a good reason why. But, vilifying and demonizing Adam in order to paint a more radical contrast between he and the now angelic Warner felt so wrong to me. If two characters are going to completely switch personalities over the course of a series, I want a solid reason why, and unrequited love isn’t one. Not for these two guys.

    In the end, I just didn’t believe any of it.

    Sadly, if you put all the relationship drama aside, there isn’t much left in Ignite Me. Whereas Shatter Me and Unravel Me focused a lot on the development of Juliette’s powers and how they might take down the Reestablishment, Ignite Me was all angst and guilt and hormones. There was very little said about Juliette’s, Warner’s and Adam’s powers, and almost nothing about the secondary characters’ powers (so little, in fact, that I forgot what they were until about 85% through).

    All three books were leading up to the final showdown between Juliette and Anderson. We didn’t even see Anderson until the final pages of the book. And, then it was over. Just like that. All the waiting and anticipation was over so fast, and I literally said out loud, “So, that’s it then?” I wanted so much more! I wanted to know what was beyond Sector 45 and how the destruction of it and Anderson was going to affect the rest of the country. Is there even a country? What does the world look like? The world-building has always been a little weak for my liking, and I was thinking we’d finally fill in those holes in Ignite Me.

    Not so.

    Now that it’s all said and done and I’ve had some time to reflect on my true feelings regarding Ignite Me, I realize that I just feel cheated. What I thought was the whole point (taking down the leader of the regime that has been oppressing people for years) ended up being buried amid the unrealistic destruction of one character loved by many and the unbelievable elevation of another to one who could do absolutely nothing wrong. The shaping of Juliette’s budding abilities and personality was squashed by her constant indecision in the “I love him, I love him not” game.

    Or, maybe, I missed the point entirely.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    No! No! No! (Slightly Spoilers)

    I need more! Can you please write a novelia? I mean what happens with Warner(Aaron) and Juliett? What hapens in the process of talking over the world, rebuliding their homes? What happens with Warner, James, and Adam? I mean do they tell James that Warner is his brother too? I am extremely mad right now because this journey cannot be over! Right now I am seriously mad at the author!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    BEST SERIES EVER

    I love all of her booksi was there from day one when these books came outand I have read each iof them at least 3 times I can't get enough of juilettes powers and the mysteryof what going to happen next..... LOVE IT

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    Enjoyable

    It was a good ending to one of my favorite series. I would, however, have liked the war to be little more drawn out. I love the new relationdhip between Aaron and Juliette.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2014

    Extrodinary

    This book was amazing, life-changing, emotional, funny, powerful, and most of all... Juliette's story was beautiful. Excuse me. IS beautiful. Tahereh's words captivated my heart, soul, and even my personal journal. Makes me want to write her words in ink everywhere I go. All I can say is read it, enjoy it, captivate yourself in her world, cry, laugh, et cetera. But most importantly, remember to smile and honor Juliette's journey by igniting yourself.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2014

    While I love the series and love the writing style and was not c

    While I love the series and love the writing style and was not completely sold on how this ended.


    Spoilery 



     I love Adam...loved Adam and Juliette, but I was resigned to the fact that she was going to end up with Warner. It was obvious it was going to go that way. I didn't hate that, in fact I like the way we got to know Warner and saw the human side of him. What I did not like was the way Adam was made basically a villain to do it. I don't for a second think this was who Adam always was. It felt like it was a way for readers to dislike him so that it was ok for her to end up with Warner. I just don't think it was necessary. Other than that I loved it, just wish that her being with Warner didn't have to happen with ruining my favorite character. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    Powerful

    I read this book in one day and let me tell you I was stunned. I love the development in Juliette she went from a girl crying in the corner to a strong demanding woman. I also love Juliette and Aaron... if i could go in that book though i would slap Adam. Anyways i really do recomend this series. Happy reading!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    Loved it!

    Amazing!!! Beautifully written!! When the series started I was all for Adam, but as the characters grew, i fell in love with Aaron! Love the series! Sad to see them go!

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  • Posted April 17, 2014

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    That's It? It took me a day to finish the book and one thing is

    That's It?
    It took me a day to finish the book and one thing is running through my head while I finished. THAT'S IT? I felt as though there was so much more depth and conclusion to the book that it truly made it look like the whole plot was rushed.
    Of course, we come back from the bombing thing and Warner being Juliette's savior, keeping her alive and then she finds out everyone is safe and then we see Adam, with his emotions all blown up and he became a raging monster all of sudden just because she came back with Warner? Dude, chill.

    There was so much more potential to the book than just knowing that your OTP is gonna be together. I seriously think that it is quintessential to finish what you started in the grandeur of how it is supposed to be finished. And when you think about killing Anderson and all that, you imagine guns everywhere, machines blowing up, the guys of Omega Point showing off their powers and Anderson being a total sadist that he is but I was left with a wee bit of disappointment coz it started out to be such a good encounter between Juliette and Anderson and it ends like that? My oh my.

    The strikethroughs are gone, which my friend said was the end of Juliette's dramatics, but I loved those strikethroughs! Juliette can live in fear even if she has found her courage.
    And then there's Kenji. He's the breath of fresh air, the saving grace for me. He just knows.

    I honestly love Tahereh and her story and I respect what she wanted to happen, but I would've been happier reading a 1000 pages more than be left with 400 of it when things weren't settled the way they should have been. Her writing style is still flawless and lovely and of course she has described the surroundings, the characters well enough for us to love them even more, but storywise, I am left hanging.

    Kudos though to the success of the Shatter Me Trilogy! All in all, I loved every bit of it and I still dream of a Kenji novella to this day!

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  • Posted April 9, 2014

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    Inevitable spoilers for Shatter Me and Unravel Me. Spoiler Free

    Inevitable spoilers for Shatter Me and Unravel Me. Spoiler Free for Ignite Me though!

    I wanted to read Ignite Me, because I have loved the books in the series (minus not being thrilled about the last novella) and I had to know what would happen in this dark world where nothing is quite as it seems. There is a love triangle that I am crazy for and I don't even know how I want it to end. My thoughts towards both have changed since I first met them and I usually have a gut feeling who will win out even if that is not the guy that I like the most. Warner has revealed so much about himself that I never would have guessed, showing he has a heart and the depths of his feelings for Juliette are great and that his actions have been carefully planned to try to win her heart and do things for the sector. Adam, I always just liked but despite their physical attraction and their past together, I just am torn because they have both changed so much since then and that really changes their dynamic. Plus of what I read in his novella, it really made me sad some of the thoughts and ways he viewed her and besides she makes a statement in this one that confirms another nagging suspicion I had. They are now on a more even playing field and I feel like they have had their books to shine, and I just need to know who will earn her heart and what will become of the other. So, not only did I want resolution for the love triangle that has stolen my heart, I also wanted to see further character development in Juliette and see how she steps up to be a key in peace and a better life in this dark world.

    Pretty quickly we get into the story and seeing some of this growth in Juliette. While she is torn apart and grieving over the losses, she sees this healing and second chance at life in a new way, with determination. She isn't sure if her friends are alive and she is still wavering on Warner, which is understandable because while he has revealed some and they have had some pretty intense and hot moments together, she hasn't been inside his head quite like we have, and there were still lots of dark choices he's had to make. I loved the conversations they had together and just seeing how softened he gets toward Juliette and when he loses his composure and we glimpse through the facades.

    We do get an answer about whether or not her friends are alive. We also get lots of insight into them in unexpected ways. Through Juliette we discover how heavy Kenji's burdens were with being the funny one, having to really shoulder his grief in different ways. We see the ruins of Omega, and know that it meant even if Adam and some others lived through it, then there were still great losses.

    I don't know if I have just completely gotten used to the style and there is also the fact that we aren't really experiencing things through Juliette's writing. But the writing and the way Juliette's mind works is really still just so poetic and beautiful to me. It is unlike anything I have read really and it makes the books extra special. I am glad that it is still there even if not as shocking as book one with the setup.

    And of course, Juliette makes a choice for which guy in this book, and with all of the work up to it, I agree with her so much. It ends up being the best decision for her, and the one that spurs her on to do what she needs to do to help bring down the reestablishment and make changes for a better world. It is someone who proves he sees her heart, believes in her, and has the love and support for her.

    There was a lot of action towards the end as well as some surprise characters that made life even more difficult for Juliette and crew. She had to make some hard choices along the way, but watching her learn her strength and how to not only be stronger for herself but for others was amazing to watch. She had more help learning to master her powers and how to use them in order to gain control and to take down Anderson.

    Ms. Mafi also manages to break up the tension and weight of their mission by some awesomely swoony scenes. One of the best YA scenes that while it eventually faded to black, it had me sweating and sighing, wishing I was Juliette in that moment. She also manages to write in some hilarious scenes that had me snorting and literally laughing out loud as I read.

    I did not want to put down this book, and I am wholly satisfied with this conclusion to this series that has captured my attention and my heart. Tahereh Mafi has a bold writing style and she took some risky moves in these books that paid off, and made me love and remember them even more than I thought possible.

    I think that the threads were tied off well, and that we have closure on the series, though I do think that it could have been well served with a bit of an epilogue, seeing a glimpse of Juliette's triumph and how the world begins to change into something better, and also a glimpse into the one not chosen to see how that works for him. But otherwise, perfection in hundreds of pages. I despised every moment I had to put the book down, and I am left with a Juliette and crew sized hole in my heart because I will miss these characters and their amazingly awesomeness.

    Bottom Line: Fing awesome series conclusion. Brave, addictive, hot, and full of action, character growth and resolution.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    Loved this book

    Fantastic series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2014

    anonymous

    I loved this book! There was so many twists and turns in the plot. The only reason I give this book four stars is because of the way Mafi trashed Adam. I think most readers were shocked when Adam became a jerk, mainky because he was so well liked. All in all, this book was amazing. I can't wait for more stories from Mafi.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    Anonymous

    Well lets just get right into it:

    First off, James acts more like a six year old than a ten year old. Mafi obviously has no expirence with children.

    Second, Adam really was butchered in this book. None of his anger was every really shown untill the last book therefor making it very random and out of character.

    Lastly, the end. It ended so quickly. Allegiant, in my opinion, was more satisfying than this. I needed more answers. Sure, it was a cute way to end it, if there was an epilogue following it. But there should have been more details.

    I am a huge fan of this series, but I am not oblivious to its flaws. I am still glad I read them. They were very good books, and I would still reccomend them to people.

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