(NOTE: the synopsis and review MAY contain spoilers from previous books, The 5th Wave and The Infinite Sea. Please skip this review if you have not yet read this series.)
We’re here, then we’re gone, and that was true before they came. That’s always been true. The Others didn’t invent death; they just perfected it. Gave death a face to put back in our face, because they knew that was the only way to crush us. It won’t end on any continent or ocean, no mountain or plain, jungle or desert. It will end where it began, where it had been from the beginning, on the battlefield of the last beating human heart.
Master storyteller Rick Yancey invokes triumph, loss, and unrelenting action as the fate of the planet is decided in the conclusion to this epic series.
The 5th Wave is one of the most popular young-adult, science-fiction series of these last couple of years. I read The 5th Wave back in December of 2014 and The Infinite Sea in May of 2015. Now in December of 2016, I’ve read The Last Star. I’ve seen the overall rating. I’ve seen quotes from this book from my friends. Things such as:
His eyes drank me in. Oh, the Evanness of it all, how he gulps down my presence like a guy stumbling upon an oasis in the desert.
Yes, this is from the book. Yes, this is a quote from Cassie. And there’s worse.
So going into this book, my hopes weren’t too high. I liked The 5th Wave, but I didn’t love it. I, unfortunately, didn’t like Cassie too much. I found her reactions to certain things strange and childish, and her relationship with Evan was odd and insta-lovey. But Ben (Zombie), Marika (Ringer), and Sam (Nugget) I adored, along with the rest of Squad 52.
The Infinite Sea focused on the above characters more than Cassie, which is why I actually enjoyed it more than The 5th Wave. But in The Last Star, I would say we receive equal amounts of perspective from each person.
Love may be the singularity, the inexplicable, impossible to predict or control, the virus that crashed a program designed by beings next to which are no more evolved than a cockroach.
As always, I do have to commend Yancey on his beautiful writing style. Despite writing some of these strange things that went through Cassie’s mind while thinking of Evan (I mean, come on, who the hell thinks of their lover as an island and gives it a name?), Yancey creates such a rich world and a layered array of characters with some powerful quotes and messages.
Even the longest journey is a circle, and history will always cycle back to the place where it began.
It’s words like these that made me love this series. I love Yancey’s ideas and the way he words ideas and thoughts. (For the most part.) But I must say, there were aspects of The Last Star that left me confused, even after flipping the final page. This could very well be my own fault considering a decent chunk of time has passed before I read the previous books, but in reading others reviews, I’m not alone in my thoughts.
Empty the vessel of hope and faith and trust and you can fill it with anything you like.
But luckily, the cast of characters is the same as I remember them. (Except Cassie, because she says a lot of odd things about Evan.) Ben is charming and snarky. Marika is cold and fierce. Sam is changing from a child to a soldier, despite being about six-years-old. And Evan is Evan.
Each character showed significant development throughout this series that truly amazes me. One of my favorite aspects of this series was following each character through their individual journeys and watching them join and interact together.
“I’m lost, Zombie.”
“I’ll find you.”
“I can’t move.”
“I’ll carry you.”
No, I did NOT tear up at this passage from The Last Star. I AM FINE, THANK YOU.
I love the message presented throughout this series and how Yancey examines it in this final installment of the series. The theory that love is stronger than anything designed by this world. That it’s this equation that’s impossible to solve. It may sound a bit cheesy, but I think Yancey handled it in a mature manner that allowed me to take it seriously.
“Because love is the most dangerous weapon in the world. It’s more unstable than uranium.”
Overall, I would say The Last Star was a good ending to The 5th Wave series. I’m still a bit perplexed by certain aspects of the novel and some decisions that were made (*cough* the ending *cough*), but I admire Yancey for this world he created and these characters, even if I didn’t personally love or understand all of them. Still, I’m glad I continued with this series. Each book has been such a quick, enthralling read with such gorgeous pairings of words.
Beautiful is another word we tossed around too casually, slopping it over everything from cars to nail polish until the word collapsed under the weight of all the banality. But the world is beautiful. I hope they never forget that. The world is beautiful.
Have you read The 5th Wave series? What do you think of it? As always, let me know and leave any other thoughts or comments down below. AND keep your eyes open for a special announcement coming soon.