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The Last Star: The Final Book of The 5th Wave Hardcover – May 24, 2016
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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.
★ Loss and sacrifice intertwine with the underlying questions of morality, family, and human strength, and the resolutions of two apocalyptically doomed romances are appropriately understated, but no less electrifying. . . . [T]his blistering finale proves the truth of the first two volumes: it was never about the aliens."—Booklist, starred review
"[The Last Star] again unspools from multiple perspectives, keeping readers as off-balance as the characters, who must adjust to a world where they can trust no one. . . . After hundreds of pages of violent, nonstop action, the ending provides both satisfaction and heartbreak."
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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. Well...in 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.
Spoiler*** It seemed the sacrifice (though it saved the world from bombing), didn't really matter since the plan was to eradicate the military bases and victims anyway. Having Evan live was especially sad and depressing knowing his future plans at the very end of the book. I guess the author just wanted the story to be raw and really show humanity's lack of empathy. The negative religious moments were a bit heavy and have been overplayed in the Hollywood (the evil priest...quoting the Bible and then killing a group of people while they sleep). Is everyone who is religious either crazy, ignorant, or ruthlessly evil? I wonder if Yancy will write another book with Evan's story.
Also, Cassie's character became more whinny, self centered, and almost unlikeable in this one. She was one of my favorites in the other books, but it seemed that Ringer who was a secondary character initially, was now put front and center. Great first 2 books, just a bit of a disappointment for the ending. I would say my vote would be more for 2.5 stars, but I gave it 3 since it's part of the series.
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