So, Ignite Me is the last book in the Shatter Me series, and picks up right after the weird events of Unravel Me, when Juliette is rescued from execution and the Reestablishment Leader Anderson by Warner and the healing twins Sonya and Sara. Juliette has decided she is no longer going to wimp out and she's going to take the Reestablishment down. Without her gloves, as said in the last sentences of Unravel Me. And which boy along the way will she choose? Adam or Warner? But more importantly, is Adam even alive? Is everyone Juliette ever cared about still alive?
Now, in this Shatter Me book the cross outs are gone, and I liked them in the last two books; they let Tahereh Mafi be a truly edgy writer. I'm not saying the removal as an insult; I'm actually thinking about it as the opposite. It shows that Juliette is no longer in denial. But you know something I was not in denial of? Like the Ruby Red trilogy and The Game trilogy, Ignite Me as a last instalment feels more like it should be in a cycle. Because I'm sorry to say that Tahereh Mafi's love relationship stories are so thoroughly told that the book touches on that alone for almost all the book and doesn't focus on the Reestablishment or the fact that we still don't know if they hog resources like the protagonists say they do. 90 percent into the book, Warner says, "Juliette, love, you have just declared a war." And it was actually laughable considering the series was about to end. And the romance scenes still have that same, "Now?" infuriation as they've always had.
What's funny there, actually, is that most of the book's humungous flaws actually come from the final boss fight. Anderson was a villain that never really interested me. We didn't really meet him in Shatter Me and in Unravel Me he never had enough page time. He gets even less of that here. And the conclusion has three things that make no sense as well: Their plan is so blunt and straightforward it is just like James's, Adam's brother's, plan to just kill Anderson and Kenji rejecting it cause like the North Korea leaders, a new one perhaps even worse would just come in. So...what did the characters do? Second, there's a three-sentenced chapter that says "Twice. One for Adam. One for Warner." What that actually means is never made clear. I hoped it was what I thought it meant, but my hopes were too high. Three, one boy ends up really injured and it seemed like the perfect, you know, and Mafi ignored this. You know, in all honesty, I did care who Juliette would end up with and I did care and understand the conflicts between Juliette and Adam, as well as Adam and Warner even more. But I would've been fine with this if, like I said, this wasn't the last instalment. I still feel like there could be a fourth book called Supersede Me or something. And maybe I wouldn't have minded if the book didn't advertise itself as a thriller, especially since it says n the cover, "Fear will learn to fear me." If it related to what the book was mostly about instead, maybe I would've forgiven it more easily.
Now, if you want something easy to read, I still suggest the Shatter Me series. Maybe people who haven't read hundreds of books unlike me will like it more.