- Pub. Date: April 12, 2017
- Format: ebook & paperback
- Source: eARC recieved from Publisher
- Publisher: Inkitt
- Link: Goodreads
In the ruins of London, the Empire rules through fear and fire.
“Everyone knew about ‘The Flames’ and how much trouble they had caused for the Empire. They were the only rebel group anyone knew about that had lasted longer than a few months without getting caught, leaving candles behind whenever they snatched somebody out of the Empire’s grasp. Getting involved with people like them is stupid. So stupid.”
Ever since her parents were murdered by the empires agents, Jacks has been living on the street as a pickpocket trying to keep away from trouble. When she accidentally witnesses the rebel group ‘The Flames’ in the middle of an operation she is unwillingly swept up into their world, and has to decide if she’s going to go back to looking after herself or join the rebellion and help them fight for the people of London Ruins.
She knows that getting involved was stupid, but does she really have a choice?
I’ve only read a few dystopian novels, but I know that there was a boom of them after The Hunger Games reignited interest in the genre since George Orwell’s 1984, and The Maze Runner kept the interest going while Divergent threw its hat into the ring for a short while as well. However, after a while one can only read so many dystopian tales before they all become a blur of the same plot, and the same type of characters just with different names. However, Ignite is a novel that could very well fit within the status of the aforementioned novels in that it features an incredibly unique world unlike another that I’ve read, realistic and fascinating characters that are distinguishable from one another, and a thrilling story that rarely goes stale. I found it not only refreshing but also interesting to see a dystopian London. Maybe I may be a little biased here because I adore England and I can’t say I’ve read many novels that feature England as a backdrop.
Jacks, Corry, Zira, and Jeremy are interesting and noticeably different characters, however I feel that the novel could have been just as effective had two of them been the main narrators while the others were demoted to background characters who interacted with them, or even just keeping Jacks the main narrator of the story. I appreciated the different voices, personalities, and experiences and they did contribute some agency to the overall story, but after a while felt just a touch too crowded.
Creating a villain that is both realistic and has the merit to be considered truly villainous and not just simply misguided and/or misunderstood is a hard job to do. Danielle Rogland does a fine job at creating a somewhat devious antagonist in Donovan. Maybe he isn’t the best example of a villain and sometimes felt on par with the level of villainy Mother Gothel had in Tangled: You know they’re supposed to be evil, but rarely see it or believe it. Despite a flawed villain and a little too many main characters, Rogland’s Ignite defines itself within the dystopian genre well enough to stand on its own. At the heart is a fascinating story that is worth the read to those who love dystopian novels, kickass non-conventional female heroines/rebels, and English settings. This was an enthralling first novel in what feels like a series and I’m intrigued to see how things work out.
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