“The ending was just……!!!”
So, I am in a bind as to how I felt about this book. On the one hand, I really enjoyed it. The plot was fast paced and felt like a quick listen, too (it had lesser chapters than the usual YA novel) and despite the fact that it had fewer chapters, the last book of the trilogy managed to answer a few questions.
That being said, I HATED the ending. I mean [spoiler]Day has amnesia! ugrrrhhh![/spoiler] and June [spoiler]had to give him up because she martyred herself for him…. yadda yadda yadda[/spoiler]!! So I just can’t get past it.
Let’s talk about June. In this book, she becomes the Princeps-Elect and is in the running to become the Princeps. The last Princeps was Andon’s mother so….it seems like a given that if she becomes the Princeps, she will become the Electors wife. I also did not really connect much with June this time. I felt she became a little TSTL for my taste and I thought she really didn’t deserve to be a Princeps-Elect. Basically, I agreed with the other Princeps-Elect. June didn’t really show any talents or skill to go into politics. On a good note, June did admit that she wasn’t the right person for that position.
Now Day, on the other hand [spoiler]is dying[/spoiler] so he gave up June in Prodigy because he didn’t want her to deal with his issues. He becomes an “I don’t give a shit” teenager and basically just sulks and [spoiler]goes to treatments (his illness is a side effect of what they did to him when he “lost” the Trial.[/spoiler] But he still loves June. Still, I did not really felt his connection to June in this book. I did not feel that their relationship developed further.
Despite the character flaws, I actually enjoyed the book. There were a few eye-rolling parts but it was okay. There were also a few parts that really touched me but nothing that made the whole book better.
Let’s talk about the ending. I HATED IT! I get that it was left hanging to make the readers guess and make their own conclusions about what happened BUT still! June and Andon also started dating and I did not like that because I didn’t like Andon at all. So June and Day meet again after 10 years…. AFTER 10 years! But then the end left me hanging. I knew they would end up being together but….. I don’t know. I just felt that the ending was just wrong.
THOUGHTS ON THE AUDIO
Narrator: Mariel Stern & Steven Kaplan
Their narration was still superb and definitely helped me enjoy the book better had I read it instead.