I liked each individual character's background story and how they were carefully interwoven together, but I felt like the story as a whole was very co...moreI liked each individual character's background story and how they were carefully interwoven together, but I felt like the story as a whole was very contrived. A lot of the language and dialogue seemed too perfectly put together and this book really wasn't written that long ago that it should be that way.
On an educational note (here comes the teacher point of view in me), this book had a lot of really great messages for kids of several different age groups and I could see teaching this book to middle school students about journeys, changing, collaboration, and the overall theme of personal development.
Overall I give this book 3 stars because it took me a lot longer to read than a 160 page book should, but it had a lot of great messages for those of younger ages who might read this.(less)
Thank you Lauren Kate for making this book 10 times better than the first two. I really can't explain why it is that I even continue to read this seri...moreThank you Lauren Kate for making this book 10 times better than the first two. I really can't explain why it is that I even continue to read this series. I'm quite happy that there is only one more and hopefully ALL of the questions are actually answered in the last book because very little (if anything) was answered or explained further in this book.
THANKFULLY this book was SO MUCH MORE interesting than the first two. This one didn't go ON AND ON trying to explain the way Luce felt about Daniel and whether or not their love was something real or comparable to eachother's. This plot was actually quite interesting in the ways through which we traveled backwards through time with the characters and were able to see different versions of Luce and Daniel. One thing that I had a hard time with was the idea that Luce was able to speak the language of anywhere she went where her past lives had lived. She knew the words to stay and how to say them in French, Chinese, whatever language they speak in Tibet, plus languages that don't exist anymore that people aren't able to speak (Mayan... really?). If she was so magically able to speak ANY or ALL of these languages, she should (in my opinion) be able to remember just a little bit more information about ANY of her past lives. Plus, I still don't quite understand the concept of 'cleaving' because they did such a poor job describing the act and all that it entailed and honestly all I could think about whenever the word was brought up was "cleavage".
So with all that said, I give this book a 3. The plot was really interesting and I almost wish there were more different versions of herself that we could have seen and encountered with Luce. Obviously it wouldn't make sense to make the book much longer than it was, but I think I most enjoyed the whole concept that the book had (moving backwards through time to try and understand the love of Luce and Daniel throughout the ages... the when, where, why, what, and how). Sadly a lot of the questions you had at the end of book 2 (dear God book 2 was so awful, so maybe it was actually book 1 that you had tons of questions after)were not answered to much if any satisfaction and in some cases, this book might have opened up a whole NEW batch of questions for you (as it did for me). With that said, the characters were INSANELY shallow and there was little to no character development. Luce might have been able to figure out a little more about the way she felt about Daniel... but duh, she loves him forever and always and there's no way that you couldn't have caught that from the first two books. I think Daniel figured something out about himself throughout his own travels backwards through time, but his thoughts and their significance were extremely difficult to follow so I pretty much gave up on that and tried to focus on the time period and the random interesting tid bits of information the author had.(less)
I wasn't as impressed with this Dan Brown book. Granted, I did listen to the book on CD during my hour long drive to work every day. It got way too wo...moreI wasn't as impressed with this Dan Brown book. Granted, I did listen to the book on CD during my hour long drive to work every day. It got way too wordy and I got lost in the conversations about all the scientific and religious mumbo jumbo. I think all the information is quite interesting, but after a while, I felt like I needed to tune it out. Instead of being 14 cd's long, I think the book could have been reduced to something like ten and it would have been just as great of a plot. That's what I enjoyed about the book - the twisting and winding plot. I was extremely surprised by the conclusion and definitely didn't see it coming, but that doesn't make up for the too wordy portions that could have been slimmed down.(less)