I would listen to the book again if I was going through the series again. I wouldn't just listen to the book stand alone.
The story had a good enough final act that it truly saved this from being a disaster. The character development has been good and they have primarily continued to grow.
Find Someone Else!!!! - It's not that they did a bad job but I feel like they didn't listen to the previous books. You can't just change characters "voices" 4 books into the series. At least try to keep the same tone for the characters. And PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE find a way to keep the names of things pronounced the same through the ALL the books. Not the first time that a name, place, or thing was pronounced one way in book one and another in the next... the word Editor comes to mind.
2/3 into the book I was wondering why I was still listening. Normally I'm disappointed to arrive at my destination but this book didn't quite have the same effect until the end.
If you're listening to this one... don't give up, the ending makes the book worth it.
p.s. - my wife and I share this account - this is really Aaron.
I would say this is probably one of my favorite YA books next to the Harry Potter series.
Though some of the plot items seemed a little predictable, the story had some great twists to really keep the story interesting. The characters were well developed and had some great flaws that kept them real.
Ari did a great job reading. It was easy to listen to her and keep my attention. Narration is so important as I listen to all my book in the car. If the narration isn't good, I'll suddenly find myself 30 minutes down the road and realize I have no idea what was happening.
Definitely a must read. One of the best YA series out there.
I really enjoyed "The Relic" but "Reliquary" was much better on so many levels. The writing is smart and scientific but I never felt lost. There is much more action in this novel than the Relic and the suspense is much higher. One of the better novels I've listened to
OMG - are you kidding me? The first of the new trilogy - Amazing. The 2nd - so so. Does this guy write screen plays because the 3rd book in the series - BLOWS! I had no idea what the real plot of the book was. All in all I think the story was too big for the author.
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