The Last Star Review

The Last Star by Rick Yancey

Rating: *** Suggested Age: 14

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.” (Summary found on Goodreads).

This series started out so good. I loved The 5th Wave, but I can’t say the same for Infinite Sea and The Last Star. While Infinite Sea was better than The Last Star, neither were as good as The 5th Wave was. It seemed that the series went downhill and it was completely disappointing for me. There were parts of The Last Star I enjoyed, but I spent a lot of the book complaining about how obnoxious Cassie was and the ship I wanted sinking dramatically (actually not dramatically, more like anticlimactically). I’ve never been overly fond of Rick Yancey’s writing, but this book pretty much decided it for me: I really, really dislike his writing. It’s as though he’s trying too hard to be quotable and funny. Every other sentence is a metaphor and the sentences in between are pathetic jokes. I like metaphors and humor, don’t get me wrong, but this is excess, especially since the jokes aren’t funny.

The action and plot was the only thing keeping me going. The characters fell flat, the ending fell flat, and the writing fell flat. However, the plot remained just as exciting as always. The end of the world is portrayed so realistically with this series. Yancey at least knows a bit about how the human mind works because if these events happened to our Earth, I believe the human race would react exactly the same. That’s an extremely frightening prospect–every man for himself–, but I believe it to be accurate. “I see humans, but no humanity” pretty much describes this series in one sentence. It shows what would happen if our world was under attack by aliens.

My favorite quote from this book is, “You never lose those who love you, because love is constant; love endures.”-Ringer, page 115. While I might not like his writing, I can’t deny this quote is beautiful.

For those of you who loved Infinite Sea as much as The 5th Wave, if not more, I recommend you at least give this a try. You might be disappointed, but hopefully not as much as I was.

-Book Hugger


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