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- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio/Mercury Ink
- Audible.com Release Date: September 12, 2017
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- Language: English
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The Final Spark: Michael Vey, Book 7 Audiobook – Unabridged
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So what happened here? RPE must have had other things on his mind while writing book seven. It's almost like he forgot what the story was about.
Problems (minor spoiler alerts)
- Very little action - a lot of boring, dialogue that is mostly a rehash of previous books
- Electroclan nearly absent - all of the character development in previous books arrives at nothing. None of the creative, brilliant teamwork of the previous books.
- newly converted (previously bad Glows) make little contribution to the story and offer little by way of remorse/redemption for past actions
- New characters that nobody cares about: It may just be a pet peeve of mine to introduce a bunch of new characters who add little value to what is supposed to be the epic conclusion. Mostly, they just detract from the characters you care about.
- Hatch's evil monologues at this point in the series are just annoying: By book 7, it should be "a little less talk and a lot more action". IMO. Gives the final story a sluggish, redundant, uninteresting, feel.
- Anticlimactic: it just kind of fizzles in the end.
- MV becomes mass murderer
- No poetic justice, Karma, or bad juju for Hatch
- Epilogue letdown: The return to Meridian Idaho High School was probably the most disappointing; really a unrealistic attempt to return to a normal life with no mention of the future lives, actions, experiences, lessons learned of the Electroclan members or anyone else who mattered in the series. Its like they never existed and the previous books were for nothing .
To sum up: The finale had potential but really missed the mark.
My biggest problem, either than Michael basically turning into a "Lightning God" who can do any darn thing he wants and be impervious to all the things was that Hatch - despite his previous failures to kill people he hated and his STATED RESOLUTION to just start killing his enemies immediately as with a bullet to the head - decides to take his time, and gather all his enemies together in a room to engage in psychological torture and basically not kill anyone. This makes no sense at all given the lessons he learned in the previous books.
Also the introduction of Zara here, at the end, was not only a WASTE (she was O.P. and would have changed everything had Hatch "revealed her" and her powers much sooner), because Michael just kinda lifted his god finger and ended her, but it is ALSO totally not in keeping with Hatch's character development to have hidden her away like this - even from his other glows. Hatch's history is one of building hierarchies and saving the best for the best for himself, and publicly displaying how awesome his best is. Look at how detailed the organization of the Elgen was, with the EGGs and Zone Commanders and only the best trained soldiers around him at all times. Then we were introduced to the hyper-elite Lung Li. In this book we are to believe he did NOT choose to protect himself with his most powerful glow in all this time? Somehow keeping her a secret from **EVERYONE**?
No, Hatch would not have done that with Zara at all. It is completely out of place with his developed character. He would have used her to flaunt his ego, his authority, and the perception of his invulnerability. This power-stealing wonder was introduced - FOR THE FIRST TIME - to all of the other glows in this book in order to steal their powers. Really? At no time in the previous 15 years of Elgen history, did Hatch have her steal Zeus's ability or Quentin's or Tara's, or Ians?
Bull. Just...Bull. She would have changed history had she been standing by Hatch's side, able to see all things the way Ian did, or read minds to learn all things as Tara's power enabled, but we couldn't have that and still have this story, could we? One thing is for darn certain; the character Zara did not exist when the author envisioned and wrote the first book...or the second. I wouldn't be surprised to learn he developed her out of thin air while writing this last book, and again, I don't see the point - she basically accomplished nothing and was wiped out by Michael in a lightning split second.
In this final book we are also introduced to yet ANOTHER "super-elite" group called the "Doomguard" that does Hatch's dirty work for him in Europe, again, the author pulls this new great power out of thin air in an effort to wrap this series up. It's a shame. Other than this last book the series was fairly well written, but Richard Paul Evans seemed desperate to find a way to end it without having to think too hard, and so out of nowhere new gods and devils began walking the land, using their never-before-seen powers in a fairly anti-climatic conclusion.