Book Review: The Last Star

My number finally came up on the wait list and I got my hands on a copy of The Last Star by Rick Yancey. I have elsewhere talked about the first two installments in this series. And I have to say number three did not disappoint.

My biggest complaint about the first book, The Fifth Wave, was that it was 75% from Cassie’s whiny perspective. The second book, The Infinite Sea, was like 75% the bad ass characters from the first book. So I liked that one a lot.

The Last Star almost but not quite wraps things up. I don’t want to give too much away but let me say that Rick Yancey doesn’t tie it all up in a nice little bow where man kind pulls together to triumph over the nasty alien race that wants to annihilate them. There is not a pretty Hollywood ending. And I like that. Although it made me cry and I don’t like that.

So book three, the battle continues to rage. How does a small band of juveniles defeat a much technologically superior enemy? I’m flashing back to Red Dawn, the first one of course, not the remake. The answer in case you haven’t seen the movie, is with desperate strength and courage.

Just read the series. I know Cassie can be a bit off putting in the first book but keep in mind by book three she will be waxing poetic about Bacon.

Thinking about the bacon-the potential of bacon-gives me hope. Not all is lost if bacon isn’t.

She can’t be all bad, LOL.

℘℘℘℘℘ – Five Pages. I read this Sunday morning while my son and his friends had cartoons and pancakes. In fact I read this while making pancakes and sausage and then was momentarily sad I hadn’t made bacon. I’ll definitely look at other series by Rick Yancey. I probably won’t watch the movie though. Hollywood will just make whiny Cassie more whiny I am sure.

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Book Review: The 5th Wave

I have to be honest, this is not my usual type of book. It’s not. It’s YA. It’s dystopian. There’s a love affair between human and non human. It’s whiny, in parts. But for all that The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey is pretty kick ass.

I started it yesterday. Finished it this afternoon and still did everything I was supposed to do, play dates, home schooling, dishes, laundry, etc. So that pins it as pretty fascinating.

I don’t want to give too much away. But in case you haven’t heard of it, seen the movie trailer, or have been living under a rock…Aliens have come to planet earth and they want the extinction of the human race, so they can have our planet to themselves. They’ve thought ahead and came up with a few different ideas on how to kill us off and been very effective so far.

The majority of this book focuses on Cassie’s promise to her brother that she would come for him, say 60%. There are also substantial chapters from the point of view a male human who is taken to a military base and trained as a solider in response to the alien invasion. Say another 30% on him. The rest…I’ll leave for you to find out.

The book is fun. The book does twist. The twists are predictable, however. But they still please like that walk through the woods I’ve taken a million times and still enjoy because the path, while totally known to me, is still enjoyable to experience.

I liked the multiple points of view. I found Cassie’s incessant poor me mental diatribe a bit wearing at times. But the other characters were intriguing. I wanted to know more about them. In fact, I already logged on to the library and got in line for the second book in the trilogy.

℘℘℘℘℘ -Solid five pages, part of me wants to say six but I did actually put the book down while reading it and I’m not on my way to the library, not that it would do me any good since the wait lists for this series are obscene. Ok let’s compromise and say five and a half. LOL.

Quick update: I got and read The Infinite Sea before this post even came out. So much better than the first one. Yes I know I have the Fifth Wave five pages, Infinite Sea gets 6. Very little Cassie, a lot more of awesome characters introduced but not focused on in the first book. In line for the third one. Cannot wait. In fact when I saw I was 251 in line, I actually said, if this doesn’t kick in before vacation, I’m buying it on Kindle for the trip.