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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February and March Recap

I added the second half February onto the recap for March since I started blogging in the middle of February.

Books I read:

I  read 13 books in the past month and a half.

March Recap

 

(The things sticking out of the books are little  sticky flags that I use to mark pages that I like. Some books aren’t shown since they are e-books.)

 

Posts:

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (review)

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey (review)

Unremembered by Jessica Brody (review)

Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling (review)

We were Liars (review)

One Lovely Blog Award (tag/award)

 

Favorite book of the month:

February: The Infinite Sea

March: It started out as Unremembered but then I read Since You’ve been Gone, and I fell in love again.

 

Things I did:

Started brainstorming a new WIP (work in progress). I started  brainstorming a new book to work on while I take a break from my other one. I love my first book, but I need to take a step back for awhile so I can come back to it with fresh eyes. Besides, brainstorming is so much fun. I plan to start this new project during Camp NaNoWriMo.

Started this blog. I’ve been wanting to start a book blog for a long time now, and decided I just needed to start it and see where it went.

Tomorrow I will be posting my first Camp NaNoWriMo update for the month of April.

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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