Saturday, December 7, 2013

Before I Read Ignite Me

Before I read a book, I look at its cover. Despite what people say, you can tell a lot about a book based simply on what it looks like on the outside. Although you cannot judge a story by its cover, the outward appearance can draw you in and make you want to read the words inside. I love talking about covers maybe as much as I love talking about the novels themselves, so I started a feature to spotlight these essential works of art.

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Release: February 4, 2014 from HarperCollins
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 knewabout Warner, her abilities, and even Adamwas 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.
I see two things when I look at this cover.

First I see a piercing blue eye staring straight at me—or maybe straight through me. Either way, its presence feels eerie, as if it is watching me just as people are watching Juliette.

Then my line of sight shifts to the explosion of flowers bursting from the eye's lashes. A harsh contrast to the ice that coats the covers of Shatter Me and Unravel Me, these petaled plants hint at the concluding novel's contents. One of the main themes in the Shatter Me series is that of humanity, and Mafi devotes passage after passage to developing Juliette's. Despite what her society taught her to believe, Juliette is not a monster, and the flowers on this cover make that fact clear. This trilogy's protagonist is thawing, moving from icy solitude to a state capable of supporting rather than destroying life.

I cannot wait to see her become the person this cover promises.


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  2. I agree with what you say about book covers, and your take on what Ignite Me's can entail.

    I posted my take on the cover as well and my predictions too

    1. I know, right? Covers can be so descriptive, and this one is in particular.

      I will definitely check out your thoughts on this topic, so thanks for sharing!

  3. I definitely judge books by their covers too much, but I've never analyzed them quite like this - it's interesting, especially since you can come back after you read the book and see if you were right! I've always loved this cover, so it's cool to see your thoughts about it. :D

    1. It is a lot of fun, and you're right about going back to see how close your predictions were. I should make it a point to read my old "Before I Read" posts after finishing the books in question.

  4. Honestly, I love judging a book by its cover, but I haven't really ever analyzed a book by its cover before, so I really love what you did here! I never even though of the fact that the eye really represented how everyone is looking at Juliette, always watching her. I definitely think that the flowers and new growth are supposed to represent the fact that she's not a monster, but beauty because of what she chooses to DO with her powers. It's her actions that define her, not her powers.

    I love this feature, and I can't wait to read Ignite Me. <3 Lovely post!!

    1. Thanks! And yes, you are exactly right. Juliette's powers give her the capability to do great evil, but she chooses to use them in a way that helps others. She is such an amazing person and character and I can barely contain my excitement for her story's conclusion. I hope we both love it!


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