August 8, 2013

Book Cover And Title Reveal of Tahereh Mafi's Final 'Shatter Me' Book

August 8, 2013
The long awaited conclusion to the Shatter Me trilogy finally has a name and book cover, and the title is Ignite Me. Fans of the books have questioned and guessed the final book title in which a lot guessed correctly like true Tahereh fans. Author Tahereh Mafi has teased a lot and nothing at all of the final book over the past several months via twitter, and we can only hope the good teasers she threw at fans are true.

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"

Juliette now knows she may be the only one who can stop the Reestablishment. But to take them down, she'll need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knew-about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam-was wrong.

In Shatter Me, Tahereh Mafi created a captivating and original story that combined 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." The sequel, Unravel Me, blew readers away with heart-racing twists and turns, and New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia said it was "dangerous, sexy, romantic, and intense." Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and climactic end.

Tahereh Mafi shares a message attached to the big reveal via Hollywood Crush:
Hi guys!

I'm so so thrilled to be able to share this final cover with you all. The "Shatter Me" series is swiftly coming to a close, and though it's a bittersweet feeling, I'm anxious for everyone to know how the story will end. Also I'm hoping we can still be friends after you finish reading. Ahem.

If you follow me around the internet, you know I've teased you a lot about what may or may not happen in book 3, but the truth is, most of the time I was just messing with you. What actually happens in the third book is probably almost definitely not what you think is going to happen. (Don't let the title fool you! "Ignite" is so much more than it seems.)

Of this final book I can promise you this much, though: Juliette is back. She's pissed. And she's ready to kick some ass. No regrets.

And mom, if you're reading this, I'm sorry I just said ass on the Internet. Twice.

-Tahereh Mafi

There is something I want to point out about the title, and the clue is in Destroy Me -- Aaron Warner's novella. What do I mean? Let me bring up a quote from said novella:

"I've always been taught to focus on power and pain, gaining and inflicting
I grieve nothing
I take everything"

Keep in mind that the quote was in Aaron Warner's novella -- and see those bold lettering in the quote above? They spell out I.G.N.I.T.E. Was that Mafi's way of hinting at book three, or just pure coincidence? With Tahereh Mafi, you never know. Whether it was coincidental or not, it worked out quite well. Maybe that's how fans guessed the title. And since a clue like that was found in Aaron Warner's book, does that mean heroine Juliette ends up with him? Warner does have a tattoo that says "I Ignite," yet she was with Adam and “his urgency ignites my bones." So it's fair game.

As for the book cover: I want to know who was behind the brilliantly beautiful cover design. Tahereh Mafi mentioned that this is the book where Juliette grows and blossoms, and makes sure that her voice will be heard. No more hiding, but perhaps a new beginning? From her fatal touch to match the dead and frigid book cover of the first two books to the colorful flowers on the final book, it's clear that Juliette will stand her ground, ignite her power, and embrace who she is and what she's willing to fight for. With the tag line like: "Fear will learn to fear me" I have no doubt that Juliette isn't messing around. 

The story is going to take a drastic turn: we started with dead branches on the cover of Shatter Me, and now those dead branches transitioned from dead to frigid to blossoming flowers in the epic conclusion. Flowers represents hope, and maybe Juliette is the salvation they are looking for to restore their world. No, you can't judge a book by it's cover -- entirely anyway -- and you shouldn't, but there is always cryptic hints hidden in them. That being said, the color scheme does match Warner's novella. However, the eyes on the cover remain blue which is Adam's eye color. I'm just pointing things out for I know next to nothing about Ignite Me. Mafi keeps all details under lock and key.

The shocking and climactic conclusion Ignite Me hits shelves and e-readers February 4, 2014.
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