The Last Star by Rick Yancey

If you haven’t read the first two books in the trilogy don’t read this review. I don’t want to ruin who lives and dies for you. If you want spoiler free reviews of the first two books you can check out my review for The 5th Wave here and The Infinite Sea here

The Last Star was everything I wanted and more. The conclusion was great, heck the whole book was great. The plot was fast paced and kept me on my toes. I am still sad that I won’t get to read more about these characters but I feel like it ended nicely and I’m satisfied.

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 – goodreads

Favorite things:

Sam.I loved that  you could really see how much everything has changed Sam. He can’t remember his ABCs yet he can build a bomb, he has grown up too fast and it’s sad.

All the couples. So there is one couple that people seem to be really upset about. They keep talking about how there was never anything between these two characters and that Yancey just put them together because it had to be, but this is just not how I saw it. As much as I hated it these two had chemistry from the start and I have seen them getting together the whole time. So in a way I was kind of happy they finally got together.

The characters. I loved them for the same reasons I have in the first two books. They all have such great personalities and I have really enjoyed watching them grow and change.

The ending. If you have read the book you will understand why I have mixed feelings about the ending. That being said, it was really satisfying ending and I feel like it was a good conclusion for the trilogy.

Some favorite quotes:

“For some, death is the midwife to faith. For others, it is faith’s executioner.”

“Some things, down to the smallest of tings, are worth the sum of all things.”

“You don’t run from the people who need you. You fight for them. You fight beside them. No matter the cost. No matter the risk.”

The quills:

Cursing?

There is a fair amount of cursing, it’s not full of it; but there is use of the f word a little more often than I would like.

Physical romance?

There isn’t a whole lot, but there is some and there is a fair amount of discussion about it.

Gore?

A little, but it’s not terrible.

Will you cry?

Probably, I was very close to crying but I held it together.

Overall rating?

four out of five hedgehogs

The Author:

Rick Yancey, who you can follow on his website.

He has a pretty awesome and up to date Facebook page.

 

If you have read The Last Star, what do you think about it? Were you satisfied? Also, did you feel like Cassie was a tiny bit inconsistent in this one? I’m on the fence about it myself.

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May Recap

Summer is here and I am so happy! I had two exciting blog things happen this month that I can’t wait to talk about. As far as reading goes it was kind of a slow month. The first two weeks were hard because I had some family stuff going on along with school ending. I’m so thankful that things seemed to calm down and I can’t wait to get a lot of reading done in June.

Books I read:

I only read 3 books this month.  I would have taken a picture of them but I’ve been reorganizing my bookshelves and can’t find them in any of the stacks. When I find them I will update this post.

  1. Exit, Pursued by a Bear
  2. The Last Star
  3. This one was an ebook that I can’t remember the name of.

 

Posts:

Everything, Everything (review)

Exit, Pursued by a Bear (review)

The Books are Coming May 2016

The Hedgeathon Summer Reading Challenge

 

Favorite book of the month:

The Last Star by Rick Yancey I have been waiting for this book for so long and even though I am not happy with all of it I still really enjoyed it. I hope to have my review up this week.

Things I did this month:

I got a new header on the site. I am so excited to have the new header up on the blog. I think the hedgehogs are adorable and I just feel like perfectly represents my blog.

I announced the Hedgeathon. If you missed that post click on the link above and check it out. The Hedgeathon is a summer reading challenge that I am so, so excited about.

 

 

The Books are Coming: May 2016

Here are a few of the books that I am looking forward to this month. In order of release date because that really is the only fair way to list them.

I wanted to get this post up last week, but with Camp NaNo, head colds, and family stuff it just didn’t happen. I am going to get back on track this month.

Both of these first two books come out on May 3rd. I am so excited about both of these books I have no clue which one I will read first.

The Crown

Release date: May 3rd

 

This is the last book in The Selection series. While I am so excited for this book I’m really sad that the series is going to be over. I loved these books so much, I can’t wait to see how it all warps up. I  really like this book cover, all of the books in this series are just SO pretty! I love the beautiful dresses on all of them.

 

The Unexpected Everything 

Release date: May 3rd

I have high expectations for this book. I loved Since You’ve been Gone by Morgan Matson, and I can’t wait to get my hands on her latest book. I hope that I’m not let down by it. I already preordered this one from Target since they have a Target exclusive edition with bonus content.

All I really know about this book is that we follow a girl named Andie and that she is a daughter of a politician. She has her whole life planned out, but then there is a scandal and it turns her life upside down. She ends up having to live with her dad and walk an insane number of dogs. She also meets a guy named Clark.

That is all I really want to know about this book, it’s all I really need to know. Lately, I have been wanting to go into books knowing as little about them as possible.

Highly Illogical Behavior

Release date: May 10th

The psychologist part of  me is so excited about this book. I am not sure what all is going to happen in this book but the concept has me hooked. I am going into this one a little carefully though because I have a little pet peeve about books glamorizing or taking mental illnesses too lightly.

In this book we follow Solomon who is agoraphobic, and hasn’t left his house in three years. There is also Lisa who is trying to get into the second-best psychology program for college, and she decides that the way she is going to earn her spot there is by “fixing” Solomon.

The Last Star

Release date: May 24th (so far away…)

Another conclusion book, this time to a trilogy. This is the last book in The 5th Wave trilogy. I really enjoyed the others and I just hope that this one isn’t a disappointment like so many trilogy conclusions can be. Honestly, I have no clue how Rick Yancey will finish this trilogy, I just hope that I am satisfied with the ending.

 

What books are you looking forward to this month?

 

Photos are all from Goodreads

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The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

The Infinite Sea is the second book in The 5th Wave trilogy. We follow Cassie and the other survivors as they try to stay alive after escaping from The Others death camp.

Oh. My. Gosh. This. Book.

I just sat and stared at it for a while after I finished. Just WOW.

I came home from work and the power was out, I figured since laundry wasn’t going to get done anyway I might as well read. Thankfully, the power came back on before it got too dark for me to read by sun light. I started this book about 3:30 and didn’t stop until 9:30 when I read the last line.

If you haven’t read my review of the first book in the trilogy, you can read my review of The 5th Wave here.

I’m going to try really hard to keep this as spoiler free as possible.

Favorite things:

The Others. I know that sounds bad to say, but the aliens  really were one of my favorite parts. They are terrible, awful, sadistic, creatures that want to crush your heart before they kill it. But, they are smart and I don’t know, I just have to give them some credit.

Ringer. I liked Ringer in the first book, but I really got attached in this one. You just learn so much about her and her past. I didn’t think I would, but really enjoyed reading from her point of view.

The writing. One of the things that I liked in the first book was the descriptions and the metaphors and just the overall writing quality of it. I was afraid that all of it would be lost with the second book like it sometimes is, and it wasn’t at all. In fact this one might have had even more of it.

The plot twists. These were just so good. I won’t say what, but I did not see anything at the end coming. All of the information that we learn and everything that happens, so much of it surprised me. However it left me with a bunch of questions that better be answered in the last book. If they aren’t I’m going to be really disappointed.

I will say that there were several parts (won’t say what they due to spoilers), that I got lost in. I had to reread and think about it. It didn’t make me like the book any less though.

Some favorite quotes:

“The world is a clock winding down.” (This is referenced to multiple times in the book and I just loved that.)

“Just the mothership silently hovering in orbit for the first ten days caused cracks in the human edifice.  A different kind of viral plague: uncertainty, fear, panic.”

“It’s all connected. The Others understood that, understood it better than most of us. No hope without faith, no faith without hope, no love without trust, no trust without love. Remove one and the entire human house of cards collapses.”

“The Others didn’t invent death: they just perfected it.”

“They can kill us, even down to the last of us, but they can’t kill what lasts in us.”

“I am more than the sum of my fear.”

There are so many more quotes that it was really hard to pick and choose a few.

The quills:

Cursing?

There is a fair amount of cursing, it’s not full of it; but there is use of the f word.

Physical romance?

Mostly kissing, PG-13 at most.

Gore?

Talk of blood and wounds, but it’s not what I would call gory.

Will you cry?

I didn’t, that being sad some sad stuff happens. You might get teary.

Overall rating?

Five out of five hedgehogs

Even with the confusing parts I still enjoyed the book overall and would recommend it

The Author:

Rick Yancey, who you can follow on his website.

He has a pretty awesome and up to date Facebook page.

Extras:

Rick Yancey is doing a Infinite Sea read long, you can watch the first 20 mins here. I love listening to authors read their own books, it’s just so personal and real.

There is also a sweepstakes going on where you can win signed copies of all three books and a phone call with Rick Yancey, how cool is that?! You can enter here.  It ends on 3-31-16, good luck!

 

Where you as shocked by this sequel as I was? Let me know in the comments.

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

I read this book for the first time the month after it came out a few years ago, and then I reread it now since the movie came out and because the third book is coming out soon.

I’m not going to do a summary of this book, chances are by now you have already heard about. However, if you want one you can follow the Book Outlet link to the book here. (Where it is only $6.99 for a hardcover copy at time of posting).

Favorite things:

The humor. All of the characters are sarcastic and they have this great kind of dry humor. There were several times in the book that I found myself actually laughing, even though I was screaming “Nooooooo!” in my head.

The POV (point of view) changes. I have to admit, at first this threw me for a loop. I hadn’t expected it and the first chapter from each characters POV was a little confusing since I didn’t know who was talking. But after the first page or so I knew what was going on. I loved how Yancey changed it every part instead of every chapter. It gave me so much more time to get to know and have a feel for the characters voice before changing to a new one.

Cassie. She’s strong, stubborn, and just very real. Yancey has done a great job with that, there were so many times while reading this book that I was thinking “That is something that I would say if The Others were attacking.” Sometimes she does stupid things, but who wouldn’t in the apocalypse?

The guys. No spoilers as to what role each of these guys play. Evan and Ben are so caring my heart melted several times. Sammy (Sam), is such a cute five year old and little brother. I loved the part from his POV.

 

Some favorite quotes:

“The stars seem a lot closer now. Closer than the three hundred trillion miles that separate us. Close enough to touch, for me to touch them, for them to touch me. They’re as close to me as his breath had been.”

“How do you rid the Earth of humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.”

“Even the most sensitive person can get used to the most insensitive thing. Cruelty isn’t a personality trait. Cruelty is a habit.”

“Some things you can never leave behind. They don’t belong to the past. They belong to you.”

 

The quills:

Cursing?

There is a fair amount of cursing, it’s not full of it; but there is use of the f word.

Physical romance?

Kissing mostly, I’d say it was PG-13. Nothing too bad in my opinion.

Gore?

Not really. People are dying, lots of people have died and there are some parts that might make you want to cry, but it’s not what I would call gory.

Will you cry?

Maybe, I didn’t. You might.

Overall rating?

Five out of five hedgehogs

But I will say that there is a part towards the end that’s a little odd. I can’t say what it is or it will spoil things, but if you have read it you know what I’m talking about.

The Author:

Rick Yancey, who you can follow on his website.

Unfortunately, I have not gotten to meet him yet. The day I finished reading The 5th Wave for the first time I closed the book and went to the website to see if he was on tour with it still. I missed meeting him by three days. Three. Days.

He has a pretty awesome and up to date Facebook page.

Extras:

This book has been made into a movie, you can watch the trailer here. At time of posting it is still in theaters go and see while you can or you’ll have to wait until it comes out on DVD, and who wants to wait that long?

You can follow the movie on its Facebook page.

 

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