Monday, March 17, 2014

Audiobook Review: Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)


Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3)Author: Tahereh Mafi
Narrator: Kate Simses
Series: Shatter Me, #3
Published: February 4th 2014
Publisher: Harper Audio
Lenght: 9 hrs and 50 mins
Buy: Audible

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."
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.
The Shatter Me series is perfect for fans who crave action-packed young adult novels with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth,The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu. Tahereh Mafi has created a captivating and original story that combines the best of dystopian and paranormal, and was praised by Publishers Weekly as "a gripping read from an author who's not afraid to take risks." Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and satisfying end.
I’ve always considered Shatter Me to be a work of art. Don’t get me wrong, every book is supposed to be art to some degree, but nowadays, that simply doesn’t stand true anymore. Maggie Stiefvater creates art. So does Brenna Yovanoff. Although I don’t much care for her writing, Laini Taylor is an artist as well. It is the difference between writing your story for your readers, and unleashing your authorial voice because the story threatens to burst out of you, regardless of who might read it sometime down the line.

When Tahereh Mafi first thought “screw the conventions”, she crossed that line boldly. And in Shatter Me, it was clear in the way she stayed true to Juliette’s voice, her mental condition and her traumas. She never wavered, even when Juliette’s narration became downright nonsensical, she never once toned it down. As the story progressed and Juliette changed and grew, her thoughts became less scattered and her metaphors less elusive. In Ignite Me, there are hints of the old Juliette, but Tahereh’s writing unfailingly reflects these changes at all times. Even more firmly structured, her prose is a thing of beauty, woven carefully like finest filigree work.

Like its two predecessors, Ignite Me isn’t just about the romantic relationships, no matter how wonderful and complicated they may be. It is also about strong friendships, new friendships, tentative friendships, broken bonds and violated trust. Emotions are one thing Tahereh’s books never lack, and if not careful, the reader can easily drown in everything her characters feel.

I’ve had the pleasure of listening to Kate Simses narrate Matched and Crossed by Ally Condie so I wasn’t unfamiliar with her voice. It is tender, almost shy, but confident if need be, and as such, it was perfect for Cassia. But for Juliette, I needed more strength, and while Simses did everything right and her voice characterization was excellent, the timbre of her voice was simply wrong for this story. I will gladly pick up something else narrated by her, but I do think she was the wrong choice for this trilogy.

It’s true that Ignite Me could have benefited from an epilogue. The last few chapters don’t feel like the end of this story, but rather the end of its first part, with so much more yet to come. Perhaps that’s the best way to end a trilogy, with the whole world still ahead of our heroes, not just the good parts, but dangers and pain as well. Looking back, I can appreciate the openness, the life that awaits them, but when I first finished it, I felt just a little bit cheated.

It’s always hard to say goodbye, but when you love a set of characters as much as I love Juliette and her friends, it becomes almost impossible. So I won’t. I own these books in every available format and I’ll surely revisit them many, many times.


21 comments:

  1. Yay for not ending badly, like some series

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  2. This is one of the series that I desperately need to catch up with. I loved the first book and novella, and the rest of the series was auto-buy, but I haven't had time to read them :( I'm glad it ended well for you, though, and I'll read it for myself eventually. Hopefully soon!

    Jessica @ Rabid Reads

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  3. You grabbed my attention when you compared Tahereh Mafi's writing to Stiefvater's because I agree, her books are art. Maybe I'll give this one a try because it's only a trilogy, and good in audio. Great review!

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  4. I plan on reading the first book this month I really do! I think I have put it off long enough and I am pretty sure if I don't start it soon Kim is going to come after me!

    Lovely review!

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  5. I love this - "It is the difference between writing your story for your readers, and unleashing your authorial voice because the story threatens to burst out of you, regardless of who might read it sometime down the line."

    Shatter Me didn't work for me so I didn't continue the series but I can see what you mean about the words just bursting forth - without compromise.

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  6. I kind of liked the open ending as it let me imagine the world they would build. Wonderful review Maja, I was sad to part with this trilogy.

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  7. I wouldn't have minded a chapter or two more at the end but really, I think I've decided for this series, the openness works. I feel like the goals for now were accomplished. Actually, what would be great is if she wrote another trilogy, maybe with different main characters that was about things changing. Anyway, glad you loved it too. :)

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  8. I'm glad you enjoyed this, Maja, I won't be reading it anytime soon because I've heard about how she butchered Adam's character to make Warner emerge as the winner in the love triangle and I'm not OK with that in any way. I wouldn't have minded if J+W had ended up together in all honesty had the love triangle been treated fairly. And quite frankly, I'm tired of rooting for the underdog, so I'm going to stay away from love triangles forever. I can't say I'm torn about not wanting to read this because I wasn't in love with this series. Glad that this ended well for you though. :)

    P.S I hope you're doing better now, Maja. I haven't been around much because of school and exams keeping me busy, so I wasn't aware you were in the hospital.

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  9. I read book one a month or so ago and while I was impressed and enchanted with the writing, the overall story failed to impress me, if I had read it when it came out I would have been on board but now, I am not. I don't want to deal with a love triangle and all the other nonsense. I have to disagree, I think Laini Taylor's writing is outstanding! Nevertheless, glad this one worked for you.

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  10. Girl you have stolen my mind! I totally agree about that some writers simply write while others create art, which is combination of words, pictures and feelings. However I'm so glad you finally read this one and that you enjoyed it. Also the best thing with books is that you essentially don't have to say goodbye as you can always go back to those characters. Great review, Maja :)

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  11. I thought you were going to not like this one and then you surprised me. I'm so glad. I still need to listen to the other 2 books and I found my library has the second one and one of the shorts. I can't wait. I'm curious too... to see if I will feel the same way about the narration when I get to this book.

    BTW... you were in the hospital? (HUGS) Get better and stay healthy! If you don't I'm sending a wookie to sit on you! <3

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  12. I wholeheartedly agree with you designating Mafi, Taylor, Stiefvater and Yovanoff as artists. Readers have really strong reactions either way when it comes to these authors, and I can think of no greater compliment. I also love the way Juliette's character and her voice has evolved over the series, and I continue to be impressed with Mafi's skill with words. I'm glad you enjoyed the finale, even if the narrator wasn't quite the right fit and you wanted a bit more closure. Those open endings—I respect them but I always want more! Lovely review Maja. I'm SO glad you're feeling better, you were greatly missed! :-)

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  13. I've still not read Unravel Me, but I don't know when I'll be getting to that! I'm glad you enjoyed this one :)

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

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  14. I've still only read the first book (which I loved) but I do really want to read the rest. I definitely agree that there's artistry in her writing (as well as the others you named), something that can't be find in every story.

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  15. I'm glad to see that you enjoyed this final installment Maja, I had been highly anticipating it too for the last year or so and in many respects it didn't disappoint. I too would have loved an epilogue too, but was satisfied in the way things turned out. Fabulous review as always! And its so great to see you back, I've missed you, I hope you've been okay!

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  16. I have a copy of this but I haven't had the guts to pick it up yet. I won't try the audio version after your review, though. So many were angered by her choice in the love triangle and I can guess who she picked by some of the reviews out there, not sure that would bother me. I don't think it will.

    I agree, Mafi's writing is beautiful, like Maggie's, and Brenna's. Same with Laini's. It funny, like you I recognize the beauty of Laini Taylor's writing but it wasn't a hit for me either. Great review, Maja! :)

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  17. I tried to read Shatter Me but just couldn't get into the writing style, which is funny because I love Laini Taylor's writing and you mentioned that you don't care for it. Looks like we'll have to disagree on the novels of these two writers, Maja ;)

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  18. It is so hard to say goodbye and great to hear that even in the last book that she stayed true to writing style and Juliette's voice

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  19. I still need to read Shatter Me, but I definitely appreciate authors who double as artists as well so I think I will like these books and the writing. It's really too bad that this wasn't quite the ending you wanted, but overall the series seems solid. I can't wait!

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  20. I've not got to reading this series yet. But have it on the list for future. :) Thank you!

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