Friday, November 23, 2018

#RRSciFiMonth Review: The Last Star By Rick Yancey

The Last Star by Rick Yancey
Publisher: G.P Puntam & Sons Books for Young Readers
Release Date: May 24th, 2016
Format: Hardback

My Rating: 
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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.
This is one of those series that it's been some time since I read book two, that when I picked up this final book I forgot who all of these characters were. It also doesn't help that a lot of the characters, like Zombie, use code names or switch back and forth between their codenames, real names and their last names. Zombie is referred to as Zombie, Ben and Parrish in this novel, and at times I found it a little confusing and had to remind myself they were all the same person. Also, I felt like all the characters were way too dramatic in this book, unnecessarily so, and I didn't recall that to be huge in the first two novels. Was that just thrown in here because this is a YA series? So I hate to admit it, but compared to the first two books in the series this one was a let down.

I think my biggest issue with this novel is that the plot feels so very well...convoluted. The whole series is building up to the 5th wave and what does that really mean, and I just felt like it's not explained every well. For me it felt like it was just trying too hard to be clever, and to put a twist on the plot, and in the end it just annoyed me. The ending of the book also didn't feel complete to me. In the ending, the world is still a mess so it's basically just the characters trying to live on in the new world. I wasn't really a fan. It reminded me a lot about the Walking Dead, which I'm starting to get bored of, so maybe I just don't like post-apocalyptic stories anymore?

I think another thing that didn't really work for me with this story was all the POVs in this book. The series always did this, but it never really bothered me. In this book it just felt like so many POVs were in there just because they could be in there. I also feel like a third of the book could have been cut from these POVs and it would have made that book more enjoyable for me.

I think what made me keep on reading this book was the action. Despite issues I had with the characters and them not feeling like the characters I read about in the previous books, they don't shy away from reaching their goals no matter the cost. This book is brutal, and it doesn't shy away to show how messed up their world is. Yancey doesn't shy away from killing of his characters either, in really terrible ways. I do like that this happens, because it makes it feel more realistic. The action-packed nature of this plot, was what really saved this book for me, but it was still my least favorite of the entire trilogy.

I think if you have read the first book or even the second one and are debating finishing this series, I say cut your losses. I just feel like you will be disappointed with how this ends and the treatment of the characters in this final novel. Overall I enjoyed the series as a whole, but I wouldn't be lying if I said I was glad it was over.

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