Review of The Last Star by Rick Yancey

by - February 27, 2018



Series: The 5th Wave (Book #3)
Genres: Sci-Fi, Apocalyptic
Pages: 338
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons Books
Release Date: 24/05/2016
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"The enemy is Other. The enemy is us." 

 They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us. 

 But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves. 

In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves…or saving what makes us human.


Don't believe the hype. This is an incredible final novel but if you're expecting an ending as epic and gut wrenching as Mockingjay, you may find yourself a little disappointed. Following on from The Infinite Sea, this book does continue to feel like filler for the majority of the story and I did have a couple of worrying moments where I thought that we were going to end up with no answers. Rick pulled it off in the end though, ending the series with a bang and a good ending for the characters that left me happy enough to close the final book.

We do have to put up with Cassie's moping about Evan (and his unexplored territory) unfortunately but in this book I could really feel her finally pulling away from him. I was expecting a irritating love triangle between Cassie, Ringer and Ben in The Infinite Sea and my fears were finally put to rest as Rick chose to concentrate on the bigger, giant-spaceship-floating-above-our-heads problem, along with all the bombs that are about to wipe out the last of humanity.

I did have some mild irritations with this book that were more to do with Rick's writing style if anything else. The first was repetitions. After repeating the words "The Infinite Sea" at least 14 times in the previous book, we get to hear Vincit qui patitur at least 56 here. The overuse of this was particularly jarring coming from teenagers, I barely know latin myself. Rick also has a habit of repeating phrases, so we hear about Sam's ABCs constantly, as well as Dubuque, Mayfly, some head cocking Silencers and Cassie explaining Sam not bear far too many.

This book mostly involves the team running from one place to another and does feel like filler but there is a good amount of action and a crazy cat lady to keep us occupied. I definitely felt the shocking ending coming but it still had a huge impact on me and I had to re-read the page a few times to process what was happening. It gave a good, clean, Mockingjay style ending for the surviving characters too, with a small amount of room left open if Rick wanted to continue the series - which I've heard there is a new one, due 2018.


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