The Last Star by Rick Yancey -- Review

Tuesday, July 26, 2016


Title: The Last Star
Author: Rick Yancey
Pages: 338
ISBN: 0399162437
Published: May 24th 2016 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

Summary:

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.

Review:


This is yet another series with a lot of hype surrounding it. With the recent release of the first book as a movie, The Fifth Wave picked up a lot of followers. I began the series back in 2013 when the first book was released and really enjoyed it. The books have slowly gone downhill since then. I don't think it helped that I read them all a year apart, but I still just had a difficult time getting into it. 


As much as I enjoyed the first book, this one was a bit of a struggle to finish. And that's saying something considering I was listening to the audiobook while repainting my bathroom cabinets. Literally ANYTHING could make painting cabinets more exciting and The Last Star made the experience "bearable". 

I loved the first book because it was so incredibly unpredictable. You were constantly wondering if Cassie was going to be ambushed or of she was going to be shot at by a drone or sniper. The second book became a little more predictable, and the third was just down right boring. The characters were constantly whining about something and I honestly couldn't keep track of who was a "bad guy, "good guy", or the "brainwashed guy".

The other part of the story line that bugged me a good bit was Evan and Cassie's relationship. I was really cheering on the alien/human thing at first, but goodness gracious if they weren't annoying by the end. There was a sex scene crammed in towards the end that was just too much. Cassie described his body as different land forms and she was the explorer?! It was too much... just too much. 

I was a very strong supporter of this trilogy in the beginning, but unfortunately it just didn't turn out like I had expected. I really wasn't a fan of this book and hate that I have to give it a bad rating. There are a lot of people who really enjoyed the book, so please still give it a try if you are a fan of the first two books in the series. 

Rating 2/5




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