In the fourth and final installment, everything is on the line. Merrick’s life is in the balance and Lily is their only hope. Ellie and her new powers are miraculous, but also problematic; if she’s with the bunker family, they won’t be able to sense when the Lighters are there. There are many new members to the bunker and sparks will fly, and with the food shortage, they will all have plenty to deal with. Miguel is intrigued with Rylee, her past and her spunk. Ryan and Elli are barely scratching the surface of their relationship. Cain and Lillian will have to deal with Daniel, who has no qualms about showing his true feelings for her. And Sherry and Merrick…what will happen to this happenstance family who have worked so hard to come together? Can they all survive? Can they all withstand the new enemy that is right outside their door? Can they beat the Lighters, once and for all…
4 stars — OK, this review is going to be a little lackluster, as all my reviews seem to be when I go on a vacation in the middle of a book. I really have to stop doing that, b/c I just end up forgetting what I was feeling for the beginning of the book. And the middle. 🙂 My husband suggested I just reread it, but I’m not that ambitious.
OK, enough talk. So all in all I thought this was a pretty solid conclusion to the series. It maintained the feel of all the rest of the books having a bunch of mini climaxes instead of one big one. I think that was one part that kind of disappointed me in the end…for some reason I was still expecting some big battle at the end, and so it was kind of anti-climactic for me. I mean, I knew they kept saying Lily was the key, but it just felt like a bit of a cop out easy ending. Not enough strife or something. Maybe it’s because there’s little strife all along. So yeah, I enjoyed the series as a whole, but I’m not sure the format is necessarily my favourite. Apparently I just can’t get past the normal flow of stories.
Now with that being said, I did thoroughly enjoy the earlier mini climaxes. Holy crap, the needs warehouse section was crazy!! That seriously had me on pins and needles, and I loved the little developments there.
I also loved getting into Ryan’s head in this book! I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for him, so that was pretty sweet…and it added a little something different to the Keeper storyline… (course now that I’m thinking about it, I can’t remember if that was new to this book, or if we got into his head in book 3…it’s hard to keep it straight when you read them all in a row like this)
And I really enjoyed the introduction of Chesser as a character. I thought that little bit of plot was really intriguing.
So there was lots of goodness, I was just a bit let down with the way the big fight played out. I did really appreciate that we got some bits of epilogue, b/c I was going to have a ton of questions otherwise and would have felt unfulfilled. Course then it made my brain start going with questions of what this all looked like in the rest of the world, but I decided that suspension of disbelief was the way to go. Initially I remember this being my favourite series of Ms. Crane’s, but I think Significance has it beat now that I’ve reread and finally finished it.