Objectively, if such a thing is possible with books, this should probably be 4 stars, but anything that can get me this invested in the plot and characters, despite some very obvious flaws and some truly TSTL moments, deserves 5 stars.
I muttered aggressively at the audiobook while taking my afternoon walks and actually yelled during my morning and afternoon commutes, y'all. I lectured at the characters hard time. Good thing there weren't any people around.
This is the final book in the trilogy and Ms. Sims actually manages to make Xavier somewhat likable and certainly relatable. Danny and Colton are constantly in peril because they're magnets for danger. Akash, Mina, and Daphne all play parts in the unfolding story between the crew of the Prometheus, intent on freeing Iotas, the god of time, and the Builders, intent on making more clocktowers to maintain time, including all the entails.
Danny goes through quite the journey here. He's still a bit innocent in this and still clinging to his morals, even when it's really not a good idea. It was hard to see life knock him about. He grows up in this book, and learns some hard lessons, as does Xavier. As much as I hate some of the things Xavier's done, he did at the very least only have the betterment of humanity in mind. Some of his methods were questionable, true, and he learns to accept his role in things.
There was a bit too much repetition of events, and there's a pretty significant plot point that hinges on what is unfortunately a huge plot hole. I could do mental gymnastics to attempt to make the plot hole make sense, but I shouldn't have to.
Archer's trap for Danny and Colton makes no sense, even with someone on the inside. It hinged on a complete improbability that Archer would have had zero hope of actually amounting to anything, and it's only because Daphne had a conveniently-timed breakthrough that it happens at all.
Gary Furlong's narration continues to be amazing, though there were a few times that his voices didn't shift quite enough and it took a few sentences to figure out who was speaking. But when it comes to emotions, he really shines. He gets to the heart of each character and makes them feel real.