I was excited about the final book in the significance series. I loved the previous three, and have re-read them all a number of times. There is just something beautiful about the way the romance between Caleb and Maggie is written, it is so sweet and tender that it just makes me sigh. I was so eager to read about their happy ever after in Independence wanting to get lost in that great connection. It is actually hurts a bit to write this, but Independence left me disappointed.
Let me start with the bits that I did like. That wonderful connection and romance is still there between Caleb and Maggie. I loved that we got so see them have their happily ever after, I loved that we got to see them married, (and finally become one). I loved that none of that amazing connection was lost in the last book, and it remained a sweet and innocent YA read about soul mates. I liked that Maggie was finally comfortable with the skills and not doubting herself or Caleb, making her a much stronger and confident character. I liked Caleb (could any guy be that sweet really?). I also liked that for the most part everyone else's story was completed. For these reason's it got three stars, it's the ending everyone wants.
Now for what did not leave me all warm and fuzzy, but rather disappointed and annoyed. It was all the other bits of the story, it did not have the wow of the previous books of `where is this going', it honestly felt like bits of the previous were repeated, and because of this it felt like the magic was lost. Apart from the wedding there did not seem to be anything tying the story together. The storyline was very thin, without any of the depth of the previous books. I did wonder what was going to happen in the previous books, but this one felt so obvious and held no mystery. There was so much that could have been done that wasn't. What happened to the storyline of Maggie and Caleb taking on the council and changing Significants to make them better people? What happened to Maggie being the all mighty Visionary? ( Apart from this being used a small amount, it was hardly bought up, to me I felt she lost power because of this.)
In addition secondary (or maybe I should third) characters where returned that I still don't know why. Maggie's mum and Chad, both make appearances. Why? Their part in the story was finished in previous books, the part they played in this book added nothing to Maggie and Calebs tale. If it was to add any conflict or tension, it did not work for me, it felt like just reading their parts from the previous books. We already knew what they were like, it just reinforced this, adding nothing, and not learning anything new either. On top if this Maggie has a huge falling out with Beck, again I am not really sure what this added to the book apart from wondering why Maggie has such poor taste in friends, and is this what you really want to be doing by book four, questioning if the main character is stupid?
But one of the things that annoyed me the most was about Maggie and Caleb trying to change a vision. This vision involving themselves, and Bish and Jen, at the beach. So what do they do - go to the beach!!!! Argh, this annoyed me.
I wanted to love this book as much as the previous ones, but I'm so sorry to say I didn't. The plot was very thin, repetitive and very predictable. I know that even after giving this review, I am still going to tell you to read the book. If you have read the previous ones you want to know how Shelly chose to end Maggie and Caleb's story. The happy ever after ending is nice, but I wanted more than just that. I wanted the magic of the previous books, and this one did not have it.
Will I read it again? No
Would I recommend it? Yes, hopefully you will not be disappointed like me