the last star; a review

The Last Star

The Last Star, by Rick Yancey. Book photography by Kelly Furgal Toye. (Click on photo to check out my Instagram!)

Book 25 of 2016

The 5th Wave series is complete and I can confidently say that it was a very well-written, and well-thought-out series as a whole. I was extremely excited for the last book in the series, The Last Star, to come out; I had preordered it and was anxiously awaiting its arrival.

I wasn’t disappointed.

Author Rick Yancey knows how to write an action-packed sci-fi thriller, filled with teenage angst, love and war, and everything in between. If you haven’t read this trilogy yet, stop reading this review now! Actually, go order The 5th Wave immediately, even if you don’t like Science Fiction, because it’s that good. (You can check out my review of the first novel in the series here).

As for The Last Star specifically, I always worry that the last book in a trilogy will dampen my thoughts on the overall series. I think this is  because I love happy endings, and I usually feel like I have stuck with the characters long enough that I want something good to finally happen for them. Sometimes, the last book in a series is very quickly edited, and the reader can tell that it has been rushed just so it can be put on a book shelf by a certain deadline. This was not the case with The Last Star. Yancey’s prose is tight and fast-paced… it’s impossible to put this book down!

As the book jacket describes:
“In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves . . . or saving what makes us human.” 

I loved the group of tight-knit misfits Yancey chose as the protagonists and sidekicks in this story, and although there are several upsetting moments, there are also heroic moments of vindication for these flawed, human characters. The small group of teenagers and children that Yancey has conjured up are off to save the world; they have personalities that are so believable that you want them to succeed so badly, because the reader feels as though they are real. 

 

SPOILERS AHEAD:

If you have not read The Last Star yet, don’t read any further… you have been warned.

Of course I was disappointed with Cassie’s outcome. Of course I didn’t want her to die, and give her life for the cause. I wanted her to live, after all she had been through, and to live a life of love and happiness. This didn’t happen, obviously, but I can’t blame Yancey for Cassie’s demise, as it was the best ending for the novel. I don’t feel upset and outraged as I was by the ending of Alliegant, for example. As opposed to Alliegant‘s Veronica Roth, I didn’t feel that Yancey was trying to prove anything with his ending, or chose the ending he did just to be different. It was clear that he mapped out his story from the beginning, and that the ending of the trilogy was always intended to end the way it did. I can only applaud him for a courageous, beautifully written series, and hope that he writes something equally as wonderful soon.

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