Ignite, my love. Ignite.
After the bombing of Omega Point, Juliette has no idea where are her friends. Or even if they are alive. But that only makes her more determined to end The Reestablishment.
I feel so stupid commenting on Tahereh Mafi’s writing style, because it’s impeccable. It’s perfect. She’s one of the most talented writers I have ever encountered. Still, I sometimes feel like she went a bit overboard with Warner. I understand that his upbringing would make him more mature than other boys his age, but wow. It’s so easy to forget that his 19. At times he sounds like an old, mature man.
I devoured this book. I have to admit, I was so invested in the relationship between Warner and Juliette, that almost nothing else mattered to me. Well, from the complete lack of worldbuilding I would guess that little else mattered to the author, too.
I adored the characters. And not only the main pairing. I think that all of the characters felt very real and their interactions were insanely interesting and sounded realistic. However, in my opinion, Mafi went a bit too far with Adam. I mean, I never liked him, but his behavior in this book was very OOC. It almost felt like an attempt to make sure that absolutely everyone jumped on the “I love Warner” bandwagon. Though I was on this wagon since book 1, so maybe I am not the best person to judge that.
I honestly can’t believe that I was naive enough to hope that maybe this book will finally have some worldbuilding. You know, since it’s the 3rd book in the series and it was supposed to be the last one. But it has none! Less than none! But that’s okay. I think at this point everyone who reaches for these books know that it’s really nothing more than an angsty romance. And don’t get me wrong. I love angsty romances. But when you are trying to sell a book to me telling me that it’s a dystopian sci-fi, you kind of make me want something more besides lovable characters. I don’t know, maybe some plot for example. Because honestly, at times I would forget that this book was about anything else but a bunch of teenagers dealing with love triangle drama.
The plot was so half-assed, it still makes me laugh. The whole storyline wrapped up in a couple of pages, the finale was so rushed that if felt ridiculous.
Also, I am all for immature teenagers acting like immature teenagers. And in this book, they do (well, maybe except for old-man-Warner). But the task these characters is not a task for immature teenagers. And putting one of them – arguably, the most unstable one of them all – in a position of great power is a really bad idea.
Yeah, this book has a loooot of faults. But I kind of loved it? Even though there is no worldbuilding and no plot. I just don’t care about that. I love these characters and following them gives me a lot of joy. I didn’t expect to say that, but I am honestly excited for the next book. I feel like it’s going to be a real shitshow.