Review: The Last Star

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Goodreads Synopsis:

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 been a lover of this series from the beginning. The first book left me aching for more, the second left me in a tail spin of revelations and emotions. So it’s only suitable that the finale leaves me with a sense of broken victory.

Yancey has done so well with this series, keeping it focused on the issue at hand – the extinction of humanity and the efforts of those left to save it – while giving us a great cast of characters who illustrate all of the various shades of what humanity means. While faced with these challenges his characters also give us raw emotion, humor, and a maturity that is able to avoid the ‘special snowflake’ trope.

Honestly, I should have re-read The Infinite Sea, but I didn’t want to wait that long to get into TLS, and I thought it would all come back to me. Well, I remember Ringer’s experience the best from the sequel so I was good with her, but I have to admit I was a bit lacking in the events of Cassie/Evan/Ben. However, since the revelations of the second book were so huge, I was still on track with the goals of this last installment.

Once we get familiar to the new setting and how our characters have been handling their short recuperation time, this book launches into a fast paced and twisty-turny series of events that lead to the only resolution possible, but one that I didn’t see coming till too late. I think Yancey handled his ending perfectly. Unlike other authors this felt right, it felt like the only answer, and it felt real. I also loved the epilogue, it gives us our characters trying to continue to fight this deep seeded distrust the war has embedded into society, while attempting to create a new bubble of humanity within their group. Nothing is tied up in a neat little bow, the war is still going on and it will for generations, but everything is resolved.

Honestly, a perfect ending to a practically perfect series.

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