The Last Star by Rick Yancey Review

This is the final book in the 5th wave series and it has been a long time coming for me to finish this series as for some reason I took a year break from the series before I even got to the second book but now I have finally finished another series. Anyway, it is time for a review.


The Story

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.

Taken from goodreads

For me the story in the final book is the most confusing but it is what the other two books have all been aiming towards. I do like the outcome of the series as the ending is pretty good but there are some points where I wish that Rick Yancey just left it the way it was and not make any changes. We find out in the second book that the alien race that everyone seems to think is inside of the humans is not actually alien at all it is basically just a computer that makes humans use every part of their body to the maximum potential. It is this that a lot of the final book focuses on and I actually enjoy it getting to know more about how the silencers work and how exactly this alien race managed to take over the planet.

One thing I really did like is how he managed to kill a few of the main characters and I think that made the book a whole lot more enjoyable because at first I was actually thinking that this was going to be another one of those books where the world ends but it’s okay as all the main characters have survived, but nope. He killed of a few of the main character causing the book to be a bit more surprising and overall a lot more enjoyable as you didn’t know if a character that you loved survived or not and had to keep reading to find out.

One thing I can give Rick Yancey credit for is how good he is at descriptive writing, I am able to picture each of the characters to perfection as he goes into a lot of detail about each one of them as he know it is important for the reader to be able to imagine what the characters look like in all the different situations that they are going to be in. I do wish he would spend a bit more time describing surrounding areas though as I did think some descriptions were lacking on these sections.

Even though I did enjoy the book I do think it is the weakest book in the series. It is another case where so far the whole series has been great but the ending has been a bit of a let-down.  I think the ending that the author chooses to right was a bit too easy for the characters and I would have liked a bit more hardship thrown in as that is something the whole series has been about and I loved it.

As this book is the weakest I think that just shows that the rest of the series has been great and the finale had a lot to live up to but unfortunately failed. I think the series is still great and people should really read the whole series and find out for themselves what they think.

Aaron Morrsi

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