Series: Shatter Me Book Three
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publication Date: February 4, 2014
The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, called "a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love"
Juliette now knows she may be the only one who can stop the Reestablishment. But to take them down, she'll need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knew-about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam-was wrong.
*Slight spoilers ahead*
I loved the first book, Shatter Me. All of it. The writing style, the characters in all their distinct glory and the messed up world they lived in. I admit I never cared much about the lack of world building in the first book. I figured it was just setting up the stage for books to come and I was too sucked in with the characters to really pay attention. Then Warner's novella comes out and I'm a goner for Warner. Never liked Adam to be honest, I could never understand their relationship. It felt forced to me and unhealthy on both sides. I wasn't actively rooting for Warner or anything in Shatter Me, but I was intrigued by his characters, but Destroy Me changed all that.
Then out comes Unravel Me and Juliette's growth was coming along slowly, but surely, so I gave that part a pass. I liked that they were studying and learning how to use their powers, there were bombs dropped both figuratively and literally speaking, so it had the drama and the action and ROMANCE going for it. Albeit the drama was a bit much for me in Adam's case. To be blunt he was now coming across as a whiny bitch. My assessment, and more, of his character gets proven when his novella Fracture Me comes out. I really couldn't stand him in that novella. He was annoying and an asshole and the dynamics of their relationship gets a huge light shined on it. So it was more or less obvious how Ignite Me was going to go as far as the romance went.
So we finally arrive to Ignite Me and well...It wasn't as good as I was hoping.
1. Adam ruined 80% of the book. Seriously. He was a mayor douche. Asshole with a capital A. I was rooting for Warner to kill him at one point. Take him out of his misery and mine for having been made to read through it.
2. The first 80% of the book was relationship drama. 80%. That's more than 2/3rds of the book on Adam being an asshole, Juliette not wanting to admit her feelings and Warner suffering all around because of the both of them. The drama finally gets resolved and we get some steamy scenes which I very much appreciated :P but, they really couldn't make up for the first 80% of bullshit drama. Don't get me wrong, I liked getting to know Warner and I did like how their relationship evolved, but the problem is that the ending didn't make up for that 80%. And so we get to...
3. The ending. It was slightly open ended? It wasn't a good enough resolution for me and I'm not one of those readers that demands a perfectly closed off endings where everything gets resolved. But this one? It was like halfway. They won a mayor battle, but they sure as hell didn't win the war. I don't know if it's mentioned or if I forgot, but Sector 45 isn't the capital, is it? So why should it matter so much that it was taken? They have a whole road ahead of them and I was waiting to accompany them on that journey, but I got cheated from it because of all the drama! I would have much rather had full resolution of the plot line than the one we got on relationships.
I just wanted more and I didn't get it. After having enjoyed the first 2 books so much, this left much to be desired.
"Maybe we both fell in love with the illusion of something more."
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