On March 31, it finally happened, the last book in the “Shatter Me” series by Tahereh Mafi got released. I already pre-ordered this one in July 2019, so that I was really curious was an understatement. I finished my reread of Defy Me on that same day and I immediately started reading Imagine Me. What did I think about this conclusion to this series? Warning: as this is the sixth and final book in this series, the synopsis contains spoilers.Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #6
Genres: Young Adult
Published by HarperTeen on March 31, 2020
Also by this author: Vrees Me, Verwoest me, Breek me, Versplinter Me, Vertrouw Me, Heel me, Een bijna eindeloze afstand, Shadow Me, Weersta Me, Reveal Me
Also in this series: Vrees Me, Verwoest me, Breek me, Versplinter Me, Vertrouw Me, Heel me, Shadow Me, Weersta Me, Reveal Me
The explosive finale to the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Shatter Me series.
Which is the truth and which is the lie?
Now that Ella knows who Juliette is and what she was created for, things have only become more complicated. As she struggles to understand the past that haunts her and looks to a future more uncertain than ever, the lines between right and wrong—between Ella and Juliette—blur. And with old enemies looming, her destiny may not be her own to control.
The day of reckoning for the Reestablishment is coming. But she may not get to choose what side she fights on.
To be quite honest, I still find the first trilogy of this series the best one. This doesn’t mean that I don’t like Imagine Me, but I found this book kind of weak for a finale. However, I enjoyed it enough to rate it 4 stars, but for me, some explosion was missing. I expected something explosive and in all honesty, we didn’t get that.
What we got however, was Kenji. A lot of Kenji. He dominated the book which I absolutely loved. I was afraid that we would get another Warner POV, but Kenji dominated this book. Juliette was still present, but she was more like the antagonist in this story. Kenji felt more like the protagonist and it wasn’t even his novella. For me, this was mainly what made me enjoy this book so much and why I find it worth my 4 stars. Juliette was really passive instead of the fierce, proactive hero we got to know.
For the main part, the story was quite disappointing. When we read from Juliette’s POV, I was lost for most of the time. What was this? Where was she and what happened to her? When Kenji and the others found out, that was the time I found out as well. But this story was quite calm for a conclusion. To say that I was a little disappointed and that I expected loads and loads more is an understatement. Where is all the spark, angst and everything Ignite Me has to offer? I missed this whole thing in the entire second trilogy to be fair. I expected Imagine Me to give me the same feelings as Ignite Me did, but no.
Overall I enjoyed Imagine Me and that was mainly thanks to Kenji dominating the book. If he didn’t, this probably would have been another 2 or maybe 3 star rating. I missed an epic, explosive conclusion and that’s what kind of disappointed me. It’s quite unfortunate that Mafi didn’t manage to capture all the feelings she gave readers with Ignite Me, I honestly expected this book to be like that one.
Have you read Imagine Me already and what do you think of this series finale?