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review 2017-09-18 18:14
The 5th Wave Series
The 5th Wave - Rick Yancey

This review is for all three books in the 5th Wave series. I liked the first book marginally better than the other two. I'm actually torn on this series and wonder if my enjoyment would have been a bit less if I hadn't just bailed on another series that was driving me nuts. Cassie was quite refreshing after the disappointment I was feeling from the other series! She was sarcastic in a way I enjoyed and she was strong for most of the series.


I didn't mind the Cassie and Even romance that developed in the series. Could it have worked without the romance? Probably. But what I took from it was that even in the darkest of times, when you couldn't really trust anyone, we still want to believe in love. We want to believe that it's possible for love to defy the odds. 


The romance I didn't get was the one between Zombie and Ringer. I just didn't get it. At all.


My biggest struggle throughout the entire series was that I just didn't really get it... I still don't fully understand why the aliens thought their approach was the best way to achieve their goal. And the actual goal is a bit sketchy too. There were parts that felt they were in there just for the shock factor or dramatic effect.

One example is the part where they turned the kids into bombs. It seemed the message the aliens were trying to send was that the humans couldn't trust anyone - yet no one survived the blast, so how would anyone else know what the aliens were doing to the children?

(spoiler show)


As a whole, the series was just OK for me. I'm glad I read it, but I had hoped to enjoy it much more than I did. 


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review 2016-11-16 02:53
Vincit Qui Patitur (Who Endures Conquers)
The Last Star (The 5th Wave) - Rick Yancey

Since the Arrival, I've been beset by more cravings than a women pregnant with triplets, and always for things I'll never taste again. Chocolate ice cream cones. Frozen pizza. Whipped cream in a can. Those cinnamon rolls Mom made every Saturday morning. McDonald's french fries. Bacon. No, bacon was still a possibility. I would just have to find a hog, slaughter it, butcher it, cure the meat, then fry it up. Thinking about the bacon -- the potential of bacon -- gives me hope. Not all is lost if bacon isn't.



And there's the best that this series can do -- when there's no reason for hope, no reason to keep going -- Yancey's characters find a reason (other than inertia) to keep struggling, to keep walking, to keep surviving, to keep hoping.


Sadly, I pretty much needed that same kind (not extent, kind) of perseverance. I thought The 5th Wave rocked, and I enjoyed The Infinite Sea, but not as much -- but the wheels really came off this time. It's not an Allegiant-level disappointment, but it was closer than anyone should want.


The writing was skillful -- I liked a lot of what the book had to say about humanity, enlightenment, and teddy bears (no, really). Yancey nailed the character beats, moments, observations -- but he utilized this great writing and surrounded these strong elements with a story that just wasn't worth telling. Somehow in the end, the whole was less than the sum of its parts (anyone know the German for that?).


I'm going to skip the plot summary because it's just the next stage in the series, leading up to the final confrontation between the survivors we're following and Humanity's foes. That's really all you need to know -- and everyone who's been reading the series knew that already.


This is the 10th book I've read by Yancey, and it's so clearly the weakest link. I'd still recommend this book for those who've read the first two -- but on the whole, I'd tell those who hadn't started the series to skip it. I'm more than ready to give whatever Yancey does next a chance, if for no other reason than to get the taste of this out of my mouth.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2016/11/15/the-last-star-by-rick-yancey
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review 2016-11-10 21:13
The Perfect Ending
The Last Star (The 5th Wave) - Rick Yancey

What an ending. It was perfect for the series, heartbreaking and believable. If you've read my reviews you know I don't care for sad books, but It had to end with a sad note. This world, these people could not have a HEA it would have made the story fail. It ended with a bow worthy finality. I am a fan of Mr. Yancey and will look for more books from him.

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review 2016-09-20 22:56
The Last Star
The Last Star (The 5th Wave) - Rick Yancey

I finished this over the weekend.The series as a whole was alright,but this last book couldn't keep my interest at times.Without spoilers you basically got the same group of characters.My favorite being Ringer (for badassery) not sure if that's a word but very descriptive.My least favorite Cassie,she's so damn whiny.


Some people will really enjoy this book,it just didn't do it for me.

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review 2016-08-31 13:49
I Read This Epic Trilogy in 2 Days – The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey @RickYancey
The Last Star (The 5th Wave) - Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey is a #1 New York Times Bestseller, and now a major motion picture starring Chloë Grace Moretz.I have not seen it, but after reading the series I really, really, really want to.


OMG. Rick Yancy grabbed me by the throat right out of the gate and never let me go. I am blown away and totally creeped out.

Alien = extinction.

‘The only way to stay alive is to stay alone.”

And Cassie is. Five months from normal to alone.

Ninety seven million people wiped off the face of the earth. She keeps a journal just in case…well, in case there is anyone left to read it, except for the aliens. She has a special note just for them…”BITE ME!” I’m with her!

Truly an unputdownable book. I laughed and I cried. I screamed and I whispered. I despaired and I hoped. But, above all, I kept reading til the very end…of The 5th Wave.

Even the acknowledgments written by Rick Yancey are very entertaining.

I read all three books, 1095 pages, in two days. That’s how good this epic series is!

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