Book Review: Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi

Book: Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi

Published March 2020 by HarperCollins|464 pages

Where I Got It: I borrowed the e-book from the library

Series: Shatter Me #6

Genre: YA Dystopia

The explosive finale to the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Shatter Me series.

Juliette Ferrars.

Ella Sommers.

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.

I loved Imagine Me!  I am really sad this series is over, because I’ve liked the series from the very beginning.  I’ve loved Juliette’s story, and I’m glad she’s okay.

Imagine Me is narrated by Juliette and Kenji, and I very much preferred Juliette’s story.  I liked Kenji’s story as well, and it’s clear that Juliette is very important to him.  Not only that, but with Kenji narrating half the book, we do get a much-needed perspective on what else is going on in this world.  Still, it would have been nice to see what Warner was thinking and to get more chapters narrated from him.  We only get the epilogue, which was great but having at least one or two chapters from his perspective would have been nice.

Some of the formatting in Juliette’s chapters reminded me of when we first met her in Shatter Me.  I can’t remember the last time I read the first three books, and as I write this, I’m currently re-reading Shatter Me.  Juliette was so broken and her thinking was so chaotic and fractured, but in Imagine Me, she is so much stronger.  I loved seeing how much she has changed, and there is a huge difference from what I’m seeing in Shatter Me and what we saw in Imagine Me.

Juliette’s chapters were heartbreaking but so beautifully written.  There were so many times when I just stopped reading to take it in.  Juliette has gone through so much, and all I want is for her to be okay.  I feel like she is going to get that, and hopefully, it will stay that way.  Juliette really deserves it.

I liked seeing how Warner dealt with Juliette being gone.  Obviously, he doesn’t know what was going on with her while she was in Oceania, but we see how much her not being there affects him.  It’s obvious that he really cares for her, and he’s a very different person when she isn’t there.  He’s kind of like the Warner we see at the beginning of the series, but hopefully, he’ll be the Warner who’s not a terrible person now that Juliette is back.

This book was a really good ending to the series.  It felt pretty open-ended, and things were not really wrapped up the way I thought it would be.  There’s a lot of loose ends that weren’t wrapped up, but I actually don’t mind it.

Would it have been nice to know for sure what their world was like once everything was over?

Of course.  We don’t see any aftermath, and we have no idea what happens between the last chapter and the epilogue.  More of what happened in between would have been nice, and seeing some things wrapped up more completely would have been nice.  It didn’t stop me from loving this book, though.

Restore Me, Defy Me, and Imagine Me were unexpected, because I really thought this series had ended with Ignite Me.  I feel like there is more story that could be written, so I’m wondering if that’s why things felt a little bit unfinished.  As far as I know, this series is definitely over, so we are all left wondering what happened in between the last chapter and the epilogue.

5 stars.  I loved Imagine Me, and Juliette’s chapters were so beautifully written.  Things felt a little unfinished but I still thought it was a great ending.

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