[Ignite Me + Shatter Me #3 + Tahereh Mafi + Read Feb 2014 + 5★]
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 Notes & Highlights]
HURT + CONFIDENCE + SELF-KNOWLEDGE + BRAVERY + LOVE + HOPE
4% - Nice start! I hope Juliette is more mature and more confident in her attitudes. Oh, please, stop being so annoying!
“Love and possibility, friendships and futures: gone. I have to start over now; face the world alone again. I have to make one final choice: give up or go on.”
5% - I love how Warner always believed in Juliette. He won me over slowly and now I can say I'm team Warner for sure! I'm not ashamed to change my mind.
“I’ve always told you,” Warner says to me, “that we would make an excellent team. I’ve always said that I’ve been waiting for you to be ready—for you to recognize your anger, your own strength. I’ve been waiting since the day I met you.”
"I was a scared, broken girl, fighting back the only way I knew how. It’s no wonder I failed. I wasn’t in my right mind. I was weak and terrified and blind to the idea of possibility. […] It shocks me to think how much I’ve changed in these past months. I feel like a completely different person. Sharper, somehow. Hardened, absolutely. And for the first time in my life, willing to admit that I’m angry. It’s liberating.”
11% - Everything I learned about Warner in Destroy Me, Juliette is discovering now. Her confused feelings are totally understandable.
“Because the more I discover about him, the fewer excuses I have to push him away. He’s unraveling before me, becoming something entirely different; terrifying me in a way I never could’ve expected.”
12% - Oh Aaron! LOL
“Aaron Warner Anderson, chief commander and regent of Sector 45, son of the supreme commander of The Reestablishment. He has a soft spot for fashion.”
15% - Now I can see that Juliette loves Adam as a friend and her heart belongs to Warner. She was completely alone and Adam was the first person to care about her - of course she would fall for "him".
“You deserve so much more than charity,” he says, his chest heaving. “You deserve to live. You deserve to be alive.” He’s staring at me, unblinking. “Come back to life, love. I’ll be here when you wake up.”
23% - Kenji is the best character in this book! And the best friend ever!
“Kenji laughs again, half amused, half reeling from disbelief. He takes a deep breath. “So, okay, wait, so, how do you know he’s in love with you? […] I mean, like—what, he took you out on a date or something? Bought you chocolates and wrote you some really shitty poetry? Warner doesn’t exactly seem like the affectionate type, if you know what I mean.”
26% - So far she just talks and talks... Let's see what is going to happen. Don't disappoint me, Juliette!
“Fear will learn to fear me.”
30% - After almost losing his brother and his girlfriend, Adam just want to live a peaceful life. I don't think he's a coward for not want to ally with Warner and fight.
“And I don’t know,” he says, shaking his head, looking away. “I feel like I’ve been given a chance to live my life. […] Right now all I’m focused on is how I’ll be able to feed my family and my friends in a few weeks.” His jaw tenses. “Maybe one day another group will be smarter—stronger—but I don’t think that’s us anymore. I don’t think we stand a chance.”
31% - I'm so glad Juliette is defending her ideas (even if so far they seem a little unrealistic).
“This isn’t about you, Adam.” I feel terrible saying it, but he has to understand. “You’re so important to me. You’ve loved me and you were there for me when no one else was. I never want you to think I don’t care about you, because I do,” I tell him. “But this decision has nothing to do with you. It’s about me,” I tell him. “And this life”—I point to the door—“the life on the other side of that wall? That’s not what I want.”[…]“I would rather be dead,”[…]“than go back to being silent and suffocated.”
34% - Oh Adam! :(
“What’s happened to you?” He turns on me. “I don’t even know who you are anymore. I thought you were dead—I thought he’d killed you,” he says, pointing at Warner. “And now you’re standing here, teaming up with the guy who tried to ruin your life? Talking about fighting back because you have nothing left to live for? What about me?” he demands. “What about our relationship? When did that stop being enough for you?”
36% - What?!
“[..] and I feel my face flush so fast that for a moment I’m surprised I’m not standing in a toilet.”
37% - Wow Juliette! I'm surprised. She would never speak like that before! So strong and confident. But maybe she’s changed too fast. I have my doubts…
“If I’ve changed,” I say to him, “then so have you. Because the Adam I remember is kind and gentle and he’d never insult me like this. I know things have been rough for you lately, and I’m trying to understand, to be patient, to give you space—but these last few weeks have been rough on all of us. We’re all going through a hard time but we don’t put each other down. We don’t hurt each other.”
48% - I'm highlighting the whole book!
“Maybe we both fell in love with the illusion of something more.”
60% - There’s nothing like a "near death experience" to change a person.
“Everything I thought I knew about Warner was wrong. Everything I thought I believed about myself was wrong. And I knew I was changing,” I say to him. “I wanted to move forward. I wanted to be angry and I wanted to scream for the first time in my life and I couldn’t. I didn’t want people to be afraid of me, so I tried to shut up and disappear, hoping it would make them more comfortable. But I hate that I let myself be so passive my whole life, and I see now how differently things could’ve been if I’d had faith in myself when it mattered. I don’t want to go back to that,” I tell him. “I won’t. Not ever.”
64% - I don't hate Adam and I don't condemn his actions. He's hurt and heartbroken.
“I didn’t know what else to do. So now I’m here, my pride in the toilet, hoping I can stay in my ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend’s bachelor pad, and I want to kill myself.” He swallows. “And I can suffer through that,” he says, “if it means James will be safe. But right now I’m still waiting for your shithead of a boyfriend to show up and try to kill me.” […] “You were lying to me the whole time we were together. You were cheating on me...”
77% - How did Adam knew that she wouldn't hurt Kenji? I’m lost…
79% - ❤Aaron & Juliette❤
“I think,” he says, “my heart is going to explode,” and I wish, more than ever, that I knew how to capture moments like these and revisit them forever.
This is everything.”
80% - It’s 80% already? And there's still a lot to do to save the world!
“He leans into my ear. Lowers his voice. “Ignite, my love. Ignite.”
97% - Wow….Go Juliette!
“And it’s then that I realize he’s trying to say something to me. He’s trying to talk. Maybe he’s pleading. Maybe he’s crying. Maybe he’s begging for mercy. But I’m not listening anymore.I have absolutely nothing to say.
I reach back, pull the gun out of my holster.
And shoot him in the forehead.”
98% - I’m not sure Juliette is the right person to lead a nation… Isn't a little too much?!
“I am Juliette Ferrars, and I will lead this nation. I challenge anyone who would stand against me.”
99% - I would like to know more about their future…
“You know,” he whispers, his lips at my ear, “the whole world will be coming for us now.”
I lean back. Look into his eyes.
“I can’t wait to watch them try.”
THIS IS BY FAR THE BEST BOOK IN THE SERIES!