Book Review: Ignite by Danielle Rogland

I just wanted to preface that I did receive a free copy of the e-book and this review is totally unbiased.

Basic Plot

This story is set two hundred years in the future in what is now known as New London and is currently being ruled by one man known as the Emperor.  A group of rebels known as the Flames are at first trying to help the population survive and save as many as they can.  The small group learns to trust each other and word of their actions spread and other groups calling themselves the Flames form and begin helping people.  The leader of the New London Flames has a dark secret that may cause her entire world to come crashing down. She may also lose the trust of all those she cares about if the secret comes out.  The Flames inadvertently find out about a plot by the Emperor to once and for all end the rebellion and tighten their grip on the general populace.

My Review

I was really excited about being asked to review this book because it is always something that I have wanted to do.  Books dealing with both a post-apocalyptic and Dystopian future have always interested me simply because writers show the best and worst of human nature.  I have the utmost respect for all authors as they can do something that I can’t: transporting us to other worlds or another time simply with words.

I began reading Ignite on a Monday and found myself initially drawn into the story because it was set on a post-apocalyptic Earth in the future.  After the first chapter or two I found myself losing interest as it seemed that the story stalled and didn’t go anywhere.  I kept on reading because I hoped that it would pick up and keep me interested.  To say I was disappointed would be an understatement because it felt that each chapter, which was written from a character point of view, didn’t help the story move along.  Typically, you would get additional information and it would expand the story even more.

The next issue that I had with the book was that the author didn’t go into any back story as to how society got to this point.

  • What caused the fall the systematic fall of every society across the globe?
  • Who were the “burners”, “DRT,” and what were the strange marking on their hands?

To my point none of these questions were answered and it was a shame because that could have helped drive the story forward as well as explaining why the characters were doing what they were doing.

My Rating: 1 star

Overall, I would give this book 1 out 5 stars because it simply could have been much better that it was.  Had they included the points that I had mentioned above or even added some chapters from the villains point of view would have helped.  I found myself wishing the book ended sooner then it did.