The Last Star (The 5th Wave #3) by Rick Yancey | Book Review

The Last Star by Rick Yancey

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Genre: Science Fiction
Publication Date: May 2016

Synopsis:
(from Goodreads)

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.

–Possible Spoilers! Read at your own risk!–

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

I’ve been trying for these past few days to write this review. Trying and clearly failing miserably.

How could I possibly even begin to explain how this finale made me feel?

I hated it, but I also loved it too.

The Last Star was everything I thought I wanted for a conclusion and yet I hate it so much. I hate it for making me feel this way.

“It’s not about the time, Evan, but what we do with it.”

It made me laugh, it made me cry. I was at the edge of my seat with fear and excitement. My heart was racing with ever flip of the page and I feared for every characters life. I never wanted it to end.

It was heartbreaking, it was tense, it was action packed, it was confusing as hell, but it was all worth it. It was so fucking worth it. All for that mind-blowing conclusion. I loved how everything tied together.

I loved and hated every minute reading it.

“She was the mayfly, here for a day, then gone. She was the last star, burning bright in a sea of limitless black.”

Cassiopeia, my mayfly, the last human on earth. Sassy until the very end. I love, love Cassie so much. She’s brave, she’s compassionate, she’s hilarious, and she’s just such a wonderful character. Her love for her friends, her love for her brother, and her overall badassness make her one of my all time favorite characters ever.

“But I am even more than this. I am all those they remember, the ones they loved, everyone they knew, and everyone they only heard about. How many are contained in me? Count the stars. Go on, number the grains of sand. That’s me.
I am humanity.”

She is humanity and I am so proud of her. I’m so proud of her for standing up for what she believes in, I will miss her so much.

“He was a finisher who could not finish. His was the heart of a hunter who lacked the heart to kill.”

Evan, my shark. Gosh, where can I even begin to explain my love for Evan Walker? I loved him in the 5th Wave and I loved him in the Infinite Sea. Oh, I wish he had more story time in the Last Star and more scenes with Cassie, I just love them both so much. I felt like he was really brushed to the side in this novel and it made me very sad. What Rick Yancey did to my poor baby Evan will ruin me forever.

“Call me Zombie.
Everything hurts. Even blinking hurts. But I’m getting up. That’s what zombies do.
We rise.”

Ben, my zombie. We had a rough patch in the Infinite Sea, but Ben really shines in this novel. And I’m happy to say that he’s won my heart again. He’s such a good person and a total sweetheart.

“The 12th System can protect you from the pain the afflicts your body, but it’s helped against the pain that crushes your soul.”

Ringer and I have a very complicated relationship. I’ve never really had strong feelings for her, not like I felt with Cassie.

“I am what he made me.”

Yes, I felt for Ringer, but I just don’t understand her at all. I’m upset that The Last Star turned into the “Ringer show”. This will please major Ringer fans, but it personally wasn’t my cup of tea. It’s like everyone else was just brushed aside.

“Maybe that’s it, he thinks. Maybe there’s already nobody human left. Maybe they’re all infested.
Which means he’s the last one. He’s the last human on Earth.”

Sammy, my adorable baby. We get a few chapters in his point of view in this book and all of them made me so unbearably sad. He has changed so much since the 5th Wave, which is understandable, but still so sad. My heart breaks for Sam. I hate how he’s experienced so much more than I boy his age should. I hated how he treated Cassie though. Cassie is literally fighting so hard for him and he just treats her like shit.

In a true Rick Yancey fashion, the Last Star starts off slowly, but creepy with a crazy ass scene staring a priest that gave me the chills.

“But I know what faith is, Father. I know what it is to believe in something. The lights go out, they come back on. The floodwaters roll in, they roll out again. Folks get sick, they get better. Life goes on. That’s true faith, isn’t it? Your mumbo-jumbo about heaven and hell, sin and salvation, throw it all out and you’re still left with that. Even your biggest church-bashing atheist has faith in that. Life will go on.”

Rick then takes us back to the characters we all know and love and slowly builds up the tension. Just when you think maybe you’re safe, suddenly BAM. We are thrown head first into action and crazy and confusing mindfucks.

“Our hearts, the war.
Her body, the battlefield.”

And then the ending. The ending broke my heart into a million irreparable pieces. But the truth is that even though I was mad and sad and felt betrayed (I still do), I don’t know how else this series could have ended.

The finale was heartbreaking, it was messy, but it felt right. Perfectly imperfect. Rick Yancey shows us that life and stories don’t have to end in a perfectly neat bow, especially when there’s an “alien” apocalypse going on. There were questions left unanswered, things I’m still a bit confused about, and characters left hanging which that makes me sad. I hated how some of the characters were left.

Although I kind of wanted more of an “epilogue” than we got, I also know myself. I know that if I was being completely honest with myself, I was relieved.

And that’s the truth. The whole, ugly truth.

In conclusion, the Last Star was one heck of a ride. I loved it, but I also hated it. I wanted more, but I also didn’t.

Confused? Upset? Yeah, so am I.

Endings are always so hard, and it sure as hell is going to be hard to say goodbye to this series and all of these amazing characters.

God this review is a mess. I blame Rick Yancey for ruining me like this.

4 out 5 stars

★★★★

“Love is forever. If it wasn’t, it wouldn’t be love. The world is beautiful. If it wasn’t, it wouldn’t be the world.”

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