Preserving Will by Alex Albrinck
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Narrator: Todd McLaren
Length: 14 hours and 30 minutes
Published by Tantor Audio on August 16, 2016
Genres: Fiction, Science Fiction
Series: The Aliomenti Saga #5
Reading Challenges: 2017 Audiobook Challenge, Blogger Shame Review Challenge
He's provided for each of them the opportunity to lead a life of health, wealth, and power far beyond their imagination. He's showed them, by personal example, that such gifts are meant to be shared, used to make the world a better place. And he's never asked them for anything in return, showing a willingness to risk even his own life to live to his own ideals.
Now Will Stark needs their help. He's helpless, he's uneducated, and he's about to meet men who can utterly destroy him.
And they'll need to make sure that's exactly what happens.
Prodded by memories and with the aid of future hindsight, they'll work tirelessly, take on alternate personalities, and ensure that the plan is carried out in its entirety. In the process, they'll learn that selfless sacrifice can demand a heavy price. They'll know that even high technology can't overcome the human spirit.
And they'll understand that, even with perfect hindsight, surprises beyond expectation can -- and do -- occur.
Even though I didn’t read/listen to Birth of the Alliance I am glad that Preserving Will didn’t continue on the same thread that made the series feel unfamiliar, as I felt was happening with Ascent of the Aliomenti. I’m no science fiction buff yet, but I really enjoyed the world building and series set up that encompassed the first two books of The Aliomenti Saga. The third book shifted the foundation of the series, but Preserving Will definitely brought everything back to the basics in my opinion.
While Preserving Will was still all about Will Stark (duh!) he didn’t dominant it like in the earlier reads, maybe it was because of his current state in Preserving Will but I found his character much more likable. That’s weird that I found the story more interesting because the main character didn’t dominate a book in his own series but I can’t help how I feel. So many crazy things took place within this series, heck this book, that I feel placing a character – Hope, Will’s wife – in a more prominent role was the right move.
Todd McLauren’s narration of the females, and just everything going on in Preserving Will was so much better. I feel like I’m repeating myself, but everything seem to have gotten better story, character, and flow wise for Preserving Will. I do think that I would’ve probably gotten more out of this series if I’d read it myself but I’m also glad that I got to experience it dramatized via Todd McLauren’s narration.
With Hope’s character taking a more of a leadership role I was able to get a better sense of her character and her connection to Will. In the earlier installments all that was ever known about her was from Will’s perspective and then from her character in another time (crazy I know), but in Preserving Will the emotional connection was there, maybe it was the intensity of the earlier books that overshadowed the relationship between Will and Hope but I never saw them as husband and wife. Even in the first book I couldn’t sense the connection, but since romance isn’t the focal point of this series I will make some allowances lol.
The science fiction element of Preserving Will seriously had me fascinated! As I stated before I’m no science fiction buff but I’m glad The Aliomenti Saga was amongst the first that I read that introduced me to the genre.
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