Book Review – Last Star by Rick Yancey (Book #3 of the 5th Wave Series)

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.


*spoilers ahead* 

I was more than thrilled for the third and final book of the 5th Wave series, having loved the last two books, and I wasn’t disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, there were a few things I wished happened or didn’t happen, but over all I give this book 4.5 stars. 

We left off with the sudden death of Razor and Teacup, as well as the destruction of the hotel Cassie and the others were staying in. The story picks up right where it left off, with action and questions of plenty. I was a little dissapointed that Ringer had her chance to leave and ride herself of Vosch but doesn’t…I can see why she had to go back, but wish there was another option. She could have killed him right then and there and be done with it! 

I also didn’t like that Cassie and Evan were still fighting and she kept talking about her crush on Ben when clearly she’s in love with Evan not him. That also could have been left out, but now a days love triangles are a must in YA books it seems. The scene when Ringer returns, and of course Ben just trusts her outright and Evan surrenders was both exciting and upsetting, which usually means it was one of my favourite parts!  I like the expected unexpected here and there. 

The lead up to the end was a little…blah. Some parts skipped over fast, particularly when Evan finds Cassie and is “killed”, that was just glanced over with a “yeah I’m pretty sure he’s dead” and then she just moves on! There didn’t seem to be much heart ache or conviction which really bugged me considering she went there for him!  

The final ending with Cassie sacrificing her self was good, it made sense to the theme, her name sake and where the story was going. I didn’t like how it ended with them still fighting each other as the 5th wave, and Evan going out to finish what he was built for…that didn’t seem to be an ending…all that hard work and sacrifice and nothing really changed. 

I spoke a lot on the negative, but here are the positives. The voices and character chapters were on point. I could feel the tone of each and knew they were all different when they spoke. I like Rick Yanceys way of writing, it’s almost lyrical which I enjoyed. The visuals and descriptors were very well done, I could see the caves and the farm. And, this may be a negative to some, but the short chapters and quick views of each character in the same moment kept me reading and wanting more. That is why I rated this book so high despite me dislike for the ending. 

Overall I would definitely recommend reading this and the other 5th Wave Series if you haven’t. Read them before the movie though!! 

Until next time… 

AJ Everlsey 

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