Musings

My Favorite Book

30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 18

What book could you read over and over again?

Ignite Me, the final book in the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi, is one of my favorite books. I could read it over and over, but I feel like I have to start at the beginning of the series every time. I have no problem with this, however, because this entire series is amazing! There is too much to explain leading up to the final book, and I don’t want to spoil the ending, so I will mostly explain the first book in hopes of getting you to read the entire series. 

Shatter Me starts out by introducing us to Juliette who is in an insane asylum/prison for having a curse that is out of her control. Because of her curse, she accidentally killed a little boy while trying to help in in a supermarket. Juliette’s parents always feared her ability and decided that once they had an excuse to give her up, they would. This manslaughter was the perfect event to get Juliette out of their lives.

After being in the prison for 264 days, Juliette gets a new roommate named Adam. She doesn’t open up to him much, but she recognizes him as the only person who was ever nice to her. He isn’t her roommate for long because after a few days, Juliette is removed from the prison and taken to a military facility where the head of Sector 45, Warner, expects her to work with him. Juliette believes he wants her to become powerful so they can use her as a weapon for the Reestablishment. Juliette despises his expectations for her and wants to escape this fate.

Throughout the series, we get to watch Juliette turn from a fragile, insecure, scared girl to a woman who becomes determined to harness her potential. She has the means to help fight the Reestablishment, and, with the help of her new friends, she can change the course of the world.

I could have easily decided to write about Harry Potter or Divergent, but these series take too long to read. The Shatter Me series consists of three books from Juliette’s perspective and two novellas from the perspectives of two of the other key characters. Each book is a quick read that keeps me interested for the duration of the book. The final book, however, is my favorite. In this book, Juliette has become the strong heroine who is able to overthrow the corrupt government. She has realized her curse is a gift when harnessed correctly, and she is no longer alone because she has made many friends that stand behind her. Ignite Me is the perfect conclusion to a fantastic series.

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