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The Last Star: The Final Book of The 5th Wave Paperback – May 23, 2017 by Rick Yancey (Author)

I’m honestly wondering how anyone who is a true fan of this series gave this book a 5 star rating. I wrestled between a 1 and a 3, finally landing on the 2 for the following reasons: (Spoilers ahead. ..) Cassie has always been the main character despite the changing POV. I really think Yancey did a wonderful job with her character growth through the series and her ending. It was heartbreaking, but beautiful. I’m still upset she didn’t realize Evan Walker’s true love until it was too late to celebrate it fully with him, but I can tell Yancey wanted a more "real-life" ending for all of his characters instead of fairy tale love stories (which I think is a great idea). Also, the religious references and the complete loss of faith in the end of the world was realistically well-done. With all of that said, why did I hate this book? The first 2 books (which became 2 of my favorite YA novels ever) built all fans up in a way that we were aching for the explanation of the invasion. this book we find out all the aliens are actually dead and technology is controlling the whole thing, but how? We still don’t know how Vosch knows all that he knows and how he came to be. We don’t know why the Others decided to kill the human race and what they planned to do with Earth after. And there was a point where Vosch was saying there were only a limited amount of escape pods and when Evan Walker asks why, Vosch says he will explain. ..but doesn’t. At all. It’s a total mess that left me with more questions than the speculations of the invasion I had from the first 2 books! I have to add: in the second book it was hinted that the 5 waves might not be from aliens, but from human government instead. It was never said outright, but it could have been a possibility. In the third book, it would have made way more sense when Vosch was semi-explaining to say that the government did it as a means for population control to save the Earth instead of aliens were doing it to save the Earth, but giving no more information after that. I don’t even want to mention how he butchered Ringer’s character, but I have to. Her character is meant to be apathetic, but then we see interesting character growth in the second book when she insta-falls for Razor (which I hated but rolled with). It’s worse in this book when she keeps thinking about Razor but saying she doesn’t love and blah blah blah, but then we get hints her reason for being is Zombie/Ben Parish? What? Oh, and she’s pregnant. The apathetic badass chick turns wishy-washy and pops out a daughter. I’M SO MAD. There was no gradual character growth. Ringer just became completely different and wrong for no reason. Lastly, Yancey’s writing style was choppy in this one. What was happening wasn’t always fully explained. I also got serious whiplash from all the ridiculous POV changing, which made reading more confusing than it needed to be. I expected so much more from this book. So much more. I know from friends and reading other reviews on here that I am not alone in my disappointment. If you’re a fan, read this last book to join in on this debate. If you haven’t read the first two books, don’t start because you will be devestated when you get to the last one. Check it out!

From School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-The Others arrived with one goal in mind-complete annihilation of the human race. The first wave cut the power, the second brought natural disasters, the third heralded the plague, the fourth saw the Others walk among us, but the fifth will be the worst. Without trust, it is every human for themselves. Forced by Vosch to undergo the 12th system, Ringer is enhanced with alien technology that makes her a deadly killer. Vosch has given her one mission-bring him Evan Walker. With Evan captured, Ringer offers Cassie what she wants most-a chance to infiltrate Vosch’s headquarters to save Evan as long as Vosch is Ringer’s to kill. Added to this pressure is the fact that they have just four days before the mothership will begin dropping bombs on all of the world’s major cities. This is the most mature of the volumes of Yancey’s “Fifth Wave” trilogy, as strong language frequently appears and violence reaches its peak. Astute fans will appreciate the author’s attempt to make everything come full circle back to Cassie’s initial fear that she is the last human. While satisfying, the ending will leave readers either loving or hating it, so prepare to hear passionate debates from teens. VERDICT While some questions remain unanswered, there are too many fans of the series even to consider passing over the final installment for purchase.-Lindsey Tomsu, La Vista Public Library, NEα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

The Last Star: The Final Book of The 5th Wave Paperback – May 23, 2017 by Rick Yancey (Author) Review

Loved the first book, was less in love with the second, but the third was just a total disappointment. The POV was switched around so much that it was hard to keep up who was speaking. The story was so weak after such a strong start and premis. I’m still left with so many questions. How did Evan survive? How was he restored just his memories from Wonderland? If the mother ship was blown out of the sky why was there still military bases that Evan felt the need to infiltrate and kill them all? If the threat was no longer there, then why the silencers still around? There as no answer to the question of why they wanted our planet to begin with? They had no corpeal bodies, and they killed off all the adults and weeded out the kids, for what purpose? None of the ending makes any sense. What a terrible ending to such a promising series. -Read Reviews-

According to my Kindle, this book clocked in at 339 pages. The true fact though is that for the most part it could have been a 50 page extension of Infinite Sea. The segment of the book including the final showdown was interesting, but everything necessary to get there was just plodding along aimlessly. I was really hoping for some twist to the "big reveal" about the aliens in Infinite Sea, but all we got was a little elaboration and no real surprises. The most disappointing factor was the missed opportunities though. Ringer’s "surprise" early in the book gets a couple of further mentions throughout, but you never really buy that it is the struggle that it should be. Meanwhile, you do not get enough POV struggle of Evan dealing with the information he was given about his true nature. Seeing the raw human struggle of both of those things more clearly would have made this a better novel. If you’ve read the first two books, you might as well finish the series. I disagree with those who say that characters were ruined and other doom and gloom like that, but I don’t think it adds much in its own right.

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