Book Review: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Synopsis from Goodreads:

With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that’s not all he wants with her.

My review:

“And we are quotation marks, inverted and upside down, clinging to one another at the end of this life sentence. Trapped by lives we did not choose.”

I almost forgive Mafi for some of the horrendous writing because her words are beautiful. I’m sure she didn’t intend to annoy the crap out of readers. If I wanted to read poetry though, I would be reading poetry, and not this. Stop distracting confusing me.

Anyways, what I really wanted to say is that my rating scheme for this trilogy is “more stars for more Aaron”. That is basically how I’m judging these books.

I feel like the synopsis tells you everything you need to know. Similarly, the reviews on Goodreads mostly regurgitate the same issues with writing style, etc. You can decide for yourself whether that is something you are willing to overlook. The premise and plot aren’t completely new (these days it’s impossible to find a YA Dystopian that doesn’t resemble the many others circulating around), but it was different enough to peak my interest. Basically, if you’re staying with this book/trilogy, you are staying for the characters. That is my opinion.

I stayed for Aaron Warner.

★★★★ (4.5 stars) because I wanted to leave all the stars for the ending, however, the ending just didn’t cut it.


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