Thursday, 26 May 2016

The Last Star by Rick Yancey

Summary: We’re here, then we’re gone, and that was true before they came. That’s always been true. The Others didn’t invent death; they just perfected it. Gave death a face to put back in our face, because they knew that was the only way to crush us. It won’t end on any continent or ocean, no mountain or plain, jungle or desert. It will end where it began, where it had been from the beginning, on the battlefield of the last beating human heart.

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When I first read The 5th Wave in 2013 I was blown away. I read it during a time where I was craving a good YA sci-fi book that could potentially match my love for Partials by Dan wells -one of my favourite books of 2012- and the 5th Wave was exactly that. I gave it 4 hearts and the sequel, The Infinite Sea, I gave 3.5 hearts, because although I liked it I didn't quite enjoy it as much.

I loved Cassie's snarky, sarcastic, and at times philosophical personality in the first book. However, in The Infinite Sea I found it hard to get on with her, because I felt as though she spent most of the book moping over Evan. A boy and romance I couldn't care less about (honestly if Evan wasn't in this book it still would have been the same. His character was so pointless, the little page time he did have was so Cassie could say things like "His face lit up when he saw me...his eyes drank me in. Oh, the Evanness of it all, how he gulps down my presence like a guy stumbling upon an oasis in the desert." *gags* I also found it strange that after Ringer revealed *highlight to read spoiler* he and all the Silencers weren't actually Others, but humans, we didn't get to read  how he felt about that). It was Ringer who stole the show in TIS, she was amazing and I remember rooting for her through out. In the Last Star, however, I'm happy to report that Cassie is back to usual sassy, brave, and deeply caring self.

After the events of the previous book you can clearly see a change in the characters - from Ringer and Zombie, to Cassie and Sam. Doing what's right and wrong is no longer easy to differentiate. When do you cross a line? And what would you do to save humanity and the ones you care about?

Sam has had to grow up fast and see things no one should have to see at his age. His relationship with Cassie in this book is strained, and I really felt for her as she tried to re-connect with her brother. Zombie totally won me over in The Last Star, you can really see how much he's developed and grown as a character. He held the group together, imo, and his determination to keep everyone safe was admirable.

I have to admit I had a feeling what happened in the end would happen, and I think it was a good ending. I don't think it could have ended any other way without it feeling unnatural and forced.

Overall, I've decided to give The Last Star 3 hearts, because it was a solid conclusion to the trilogy. Also, because I've come to the realisation that I'm kind of over post-apocalyptic books, they just don't hold the same excitement as they once did.

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5 comments:

  1. It's nice to know that somehow, you still ended up enjoying this although not as much as the first books. I still haven't gotten myself a copy but I will soon. It's also great to know that there's more of Ringer here && a good development for Zombie. They're both my fave characters!! :D

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project

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  2. I am so far behind in this series. Everyone keeps talking about how good it is, and I haven't even picked up the first book! I'm glad to know that the ending is mostly enjoyable, though. Thanks for the review!

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  3. I think a lot of readers have thought this finale was just OK. I know the first two books were a huge rage but I just couldn't get into this series. I'm glad it ended well for you, Renu!

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  4. Aw. Lovely review Renu. <3 So glad you liked this one a lot. But aw, I'm sorry there were some issues :\ But yay for awesome characters :D I still haven't read past book one, lol. But one day reading them all. I'm a bit upset about what I read about the ending. Ugh. But still curious about this one :) Thank you for sharing sweetie. <3

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  5. I love The 5th Wave (the movie was meh, IMHO) but yes, snarky Cassie was my fave! I also started reading The Infinite Sea, but I just couldn't connect to it, so I have put it on hold at the moment.

    I've also been thinking about how this would end. I mean, after The 5th Wave, I could just imagine how it would end! I'm not sure if I would be picking up books 2 and 3 tho. But they are still on my radar!

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