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Review: “The Last Star,” Rick Yancey

June 15, 2016
Review: “The Last Star,” Rick YanceyThe Last Starby Rick Yancey
Series: The 5th Wave #3
on May, 2016
Genres: Aliens, Sci-Fi, Survival
Pages: 338
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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.

The Last Star dragged on. That’s all I can think of when I try and rustle up my immediate thoughts of the finale in Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave series. In my opinion, the series has slowly declined with each book and even though this was the ‘ending’, I wasn’t satisfied at all. Spoilers in this review.

“There’s nothing fated in our stars. No meant-to-be in any of it. We are accidental people occupying an accidental planet in an accidental universe. And that’s okay. These seven billion billion atoms are good with that.”

Unlike the previous books, The Last Star had POV chapters that swapped without any sort of structure. Remember those little organised parts? Yeah, they still exist but within them, there are multiple POV changes. The previous format was lost in this one and it stopped me from really getting attached to anyone’s particular story.

Cassie in The Last Star was UGH in her relationship with Evan. Her constant use of metaphors (planting her flag on the shores of ‘Evanland’? I mean, come on!) and dreamy-eyes about everything about him being so chocolately and gooey, were infuriating. I have never been able to stomach these two as a couple. I would have preferred her with Ben, but that would’ve meant he had sunk to her level.

“There’s a part of me that’s convinced this everlasting war will end when I coax a smile out of that girl.”
– Ben

Ben remains my favourite of this series. He’s the only one who manages to not annoy me and keep a level head. He’s willing to do what needs to be done – taking responsibility for his decisions (however bad they might turn out in the end) and then extracting justice. His ultimate ‘end game’ with Ringer was a bit annoying, because although she cared about him, I never felt she had feelings for him. I think she’ll never get over Razor.

Speaking of Ringer, I was surprised by her twist. I did not see her pregnancy coming. I am a little surprised, however, that she barely mentioned the fact she was pregnant when she was getting beat to hell by Evan near the end. All I could think of was that she was going to lose the baby, and it never occurred to her until after.

Despite The Last Star’s creepy opening, the rest of the book just felt lacklustre. The explanation for the alien’s was just ‘meh’ and I found myself let down that there wasn’t a huge A-HA moment for me. I wanted there to be something more. I felt we got what we’d already done in previous books in terms of action – infiltrating a military base, being attacked in our hideout by soldiers, etc. There was simply nothing new. More secondary character deaths, more ‘main characters’ surviving despite all odds.

“I am all the ones you emptied, the ones you corrupted, the ones you discarded, the thousands you thought you killed, but who live in me.”
– Cassie

The ending wasn’t shocking. I was more like: “Okay, so you’re actually going to go there. Huh.” I didn’t expect Rick Yancey to kill off Cassie. I think it was a nice touch, her taking on the memories of all humanity, but the ‘doing of it’ was unimpressive. Just when I thought things were going to heat up, and Cassie was going to have a heart-to-heart with the alien beings, CUT SCENE. Explosion…

The epilogue itself was also uninteresting. Perhaps if it’d been set a bit further in the future it would’ve fit better for me. It aimed to answer any questions left over, but didn’t really do the job. All in all, I was quite unimpressed.

The Last Star is an essential read if you’ve started this series; but, if like me, you found the other two books just ‘okay’, I’m afraid you won’t be blown away. I’m glad I read this series in order to quell the curiosity I had after reading the film, but I can’t say it was all worth it. I don’t think anything about it was particularly memorable or packed any staying power. There are better sci-fi stories out there and The 5th Waves series never delivered anything new.

About Rick Yancey

Rick Yancey is a native Floridian and a graduate of Roosevelt University in Chicago. He earned a B.A. in English which he put to use as a field officer for the Internal Revenue Service. Inspired and encouraged by his wife, he decided his degree might also be useful in writing books and in 2004 he began writing full-time.


  • Reply Kelly June 15, 2016 at 6:25 am

    I loved book one, and even Ringer’s storyline within book two, but this was such a letdown for me too Britt. It just didn’t have that same magic that the first book had and couldn’t agree more, the series just feels as though it’s been on a decline with each installment. I liked the ending and the decision Cassie made, but I think it’s left it open for a spin off series for Evan. I didn’t buy into the romance between Ringer and Zombie, it was just too convenient and just paring characters off for the sake of a happy ending. It could have been epic, but it just felt so anticlimactic. Sorry you couldn’t have enjoyed this more too Britt but wonderful review nonetheless <3
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    • Reply Brittany @ Nice Girls Read Books June 15, 2016 at 6:22 pm

      Thanks, Kelly <3 I'm so glad that you agree, but disappointed that you were also disappointed! It just didn't feel like an ending to me. Sure, things were closed up but there wasn't that WOW moment for me... If there's an Evan spin-off, I won't be reading it. I found him to be probably the most boring character out of the main cast.
      I also felt the Zombie/Ringer relationship was too convenient.
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  • Reply Annie June 15, 2016 at 5:02 am

    As soon as I got to your Ringer comment I started skim reading, because I haven’t read this one yet, but the title of your review drew me in because I was so hoping that the second book was just a blip. A progressing the story for a fantastic ending (in the final book), blip… I’m sorry you were disappointed by this one sweetie!!

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