Ignite by Jenna Terese – Book Review

Posted July 1, 2021 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Ignite by Jenna Terese – Book Review


by Jenna Terese

Series: Ignite Duology #1
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Published by Impulsum Press
Publication Date July 2, 2021
Genres: Action/Adventure, Inspirational Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Setting: South Dakota Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 15-18
Written for: High-School/Young Adult, Middle School
Pages: 430


What if superhumans weren't considered heroes?

When Scarlett Marley is attacked by an illegal super with fire powers, she doesn’t get burned, but now she has a fire-like glow flickering in her eyes.

With superpowers criminalized, she has no choice but to turn herself over to the Superhuman Containment Facility, or risk hurting everyone she loves.

Her normal life seems lost forever, until she is selected to be one of the first to receive the experimental cure to destroy her powers. In exchange, she must first complete one mission:

Infiltrate and capture one of the largest gangs of supers in the remains of once-great Rapid City.

With the cure and all her future at stake, Scarlett is prepared to do whatever it takes to bring these criminals to justice so she can return to her family. But this gang and their leader, Rez, aren’t what everyone says, and Scarlett begins to question everything she was ever told about the SCF and the fire flowing in her veins.

The cure is her only hope for returning her life to what it was before, but is that life worth returning to after all?

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

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Scarlet, nicknamed Lettie by her family, was not superhero material. And certainly not a leader. At least that was what she thought. Discovering a super had infected her and that she now had powers of her own, all she could think about was finding a cure and becoming normal again. At any cost.

While Ignite starts out a little slowly, I was better able to experience Lettie’s fears and distress. The author did a great job of bringing that home without over-emphasizing the fact. I appreciated how Lettie’s love for her family was such a motivating factor in her decisions and her actions.

Realistic portrayals and well-described settings allowed me to “see” what the SCF was like and experience the town of Rapid as if I were actually there.

Ignite is told in the first person present tense, which isn’t a favorite point of view for me. I enjoy the first-person style but generally dislike the present tense. This could be why it seemed to drag at the start while setting the scene for the events that followed. My interest grew as I read, though, and I knew that I had to find out how things would work out!

There is a faith element. It is not prevalent, however, the lesson Lettie learned about accepting the superpower she loathed as a gift from God was powerful. And as she learns about prejudice and how stereotypes are so very often wrong.

Ignite will appeal to teen and young adult readers who enjoy superhero stories. It is clean, aside from the little violence necessary to tell the story. I am very glad I read it and look forward to the second half of this duology to learn what happens next!

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