Book Review – The Last Star by Rick Yancey

Series: The Fifth Wave, #3
 Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Pages: 320
Published: September 16, 2014 by Putnam Juvenile
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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.



I have to admit that I wasn’t that impressed with how this book started, unlike the second book, this one started a bit dull and I was really looking forward for some suspense since it’s the third and final book of the 5th wave series. The start was a bit controversial but didn’t totally swayed my excitement like what the second book did to me. I already had my mind set that I will be giving this book a five star rating whatever the ending would be. But when I was struggling with the first part of this book, I find it hard to follow what I was supposed to do, which is to give this story a 5-star rating.

As I proceed, I still have sooo many questions in my mind and I’m really confused what is happening. I’m almost at the end but I still haven’t got the answers. But when I reached the part that they erased Evan’s memory and then Cassie absorbed all the memories stored in Wonderland, deym! I really can’t contain my excitement and I almost wanna scream.

I know it’s a bummer, but I’m sorry, I am sooo overwhelmed right now and I can’t contain it. I’m not really sure if I got it right, but in an instance, I really thought he’s really an alien, and then one part of me says he’s not. I don’t know anymore. This story just ended too fast that I haven’t realized what Cassie is about to do. And when I’m already on the part where it all makes sense, it’s already too late. Huhu, tears just came out from my eyes.

I thought after what Cassie did, all will go back to normal, but nope. Well, I guess the ending was quite reasonable because if it’ll be back to normal that fast, then that’s just too soon, it would definitely be predictable. But reading it now, I guess the earth will go back to normal, which I hope will be soon because of Evan.

Oh well, since I’ve already dropped some bummer above, I guess I’ll just seized this opportunity eh? Haha

Well, the ending was more like an epilogue. It talks about the survivors Ben, Marika, Megan, Sam and Evan. Yeah right, Evan rise from the dead again. And speaking of ending, it really did made me cry. It isn’t really that intense, but I don’t know, it’s just a simple ending yet it struck my heart. I can’t really say that I love how the ending goes, but I guess it’s really Cassie’s destiny, they named her Cassiopeia after all. But I guess her sacrifice wouldn’t be put to waste eh, besides, reincarnation could be true right? Curious? Then you need to read this book 😉

I didn’t expected the set of characters that survived, well, not totally haha. Oh well, maybe there’s really just some people that is so hard to kill, haha, and Ben is definitely that person. I wasn’t really a fan of Marika, but when I’ve read the part of her with Razor, deym! It almost tore my heart. So I guess that’s when I started to finally noticed her, haha, well I guess you know what I mean. Sam on the other hand, well, there’s actually quite a lot of time that I wanna strangle him. He’s hard headed and almost wanna choose Ben over his sister Cassie. He’s very mean to her, but in the end, blood is truly thicker than water. It is actually hard to lose his sister, but at his early age, he’s grown matured and I like that. Also, the addition of the little Cassie is quite a surprise. I really thought when Marika said she’s pregnant it was a metaphor or a joke, but deym! It’s true! So I guess I was right when I said something happened between her and Razor, I thought that was some kind of riddle the author added lol.

Aside from the fact that I love this story, I still find it questionable how Marika was still able to keep her baby. The inhuman Evan crushed her bones and almost killed her, so I don’t really have any idea how the baby inside her not dead? Maybe because of the 12 system? Oh well, I really don’t know. So far, that’s the only questionable part that I’ve encountered in this story.

This story still has quite a handful of terms or words that isn’t familiar to me, but just like the second book, it didn’t annoy me. The plot is incredibly well thought and considering my lack of enthusiasm with science fiction I was still able to enjoy it, or maybe I love it? Haha. What I also like in this story is that it went beyond science fiction alien invading earth scheme, and went overboard and really fried my brain about the mystery. Deym! And when the revelation came, it hit me like the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th waves all combined. Eventhough I still have one or two unanswered questions right now, I still think that this story deserved my 5-star rating. There’s a saying that the end doesn’t justify the means, but deym! It’s ending justified the idea why I read this series in the first place.

It was a heartbreaking story for me, because I really expected a happily ever after between Cassie and Evan, but I still like how this story ended. It may not what I have expected, but is probably the unpredictable yet fulfilling ending ever. Read this story and be amaze.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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