The Last Star by Rick Yancey

“Some things down to the smallest of things, are worth the sum of all things”
Rick Yancey, The Last Star

The Last Star

Goodreads Blurb

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.

Review

I gave the final book in The 5th Wave series 3/5 stars. Some people are going to strongly disagree. In  my opinion this book was slower than the others, more expected, and overall made me sad. I get sad stories but this one depressed me the entire way through. It reminded me a lot of We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach. But I enjoyed that one more than The Last Star. 

In Yancey’s defense I think it had to end this way. I think Cassie had to be the extended metaphor of humanity and if Evan Walker had been the one to sacrifice himself it would not have sent the same message. Readers should have known that from the very first book that Cassie was going to die. That she was going to take the fall for humanity. I just hated it. I really liked Cassie. She was emotional, but weak as a human and fierce in her own way. She was neurotic but she loved everyone so fiercely and unapologetically.

This novel wrapped up the war against the humans and the others. The others were going to be stronger and faster no matter what but they could never anticipate the humanity and love that humans have. They were blindsided by it in the end. They themselves had bursts of it. Vosch had a sense of pride when he talked to Marika/Ringer. The girl who captured Zombie, Nugget, and Megan seemed to give in to him, and Razor fell for Marika.

There was no other way they could win. I just hate how it had to go down. Sam and Cassie never reconnected and it was sad because she kept telling Ben that he loved him more than he loved her. It’s like she died accepting that and she felt as if she had to be the one to die so that Sam didn’t have to lose another person he loved (Ben). Merrrrr.

It felt as if none of them had a clear understanding of what they each felt. You could never tell if Evan was madly in love with Cassie or just exploringhis feelings. You never knew if Ringer loved Ben as much as Razor. It was all very complex. And maybe it was meant to be in the grey area but I just wanted some answers! Or some happy endings. I guess in a way some of them got a happy ending.

On a happier note…

Yesterday was National Typewriter Day and I recently acquired a vintage Smith-Corona circa 1930. I’m proud of my new baby 🙂

Typewriter

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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“To the stars who listen— and the dreams that are answered.”
Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury

Goodreads Blurb

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

Review

Omg. I loved this book. I kind of knew I loved Rhys at the end of A Court of Thorns and Roses, but I felt a little guilty for it. At that point, Tamlin is still painted in a sweet, tortured sould kind of light ans hadn’t really done anything wrong. But there was something alluring about Rhysand. He was dark and that was hotter to me than Tamlin and his Spring Court. To be honest, I liked Lucien better from the Spring Court than Tamlin in the first place. Tamlin never seemed very forthcoming or honest. It made me distrust him from the beginning. I tried to like him, really I did. But his character was always missing something for me.

In A Court of Mist and Fury, Feyre essentially chooses the Dark Court or (Court of Dreams) over the Spring Court because she realizes, on her wedding day of all days, that Tamlin is smothering her. He s keeping her locked up in his big mansion like a caged bird and she is basically withering away from it. She has all of these stifled Fey powers that all of the courts gave to her when she was “made” or brought back to life when Amarantha kills her. So the fact that she is being smothered is really eating at her mentally and physically. SHe loses a ton of weight and isn’t happy.

It takes her awhile to understand why she is unhappy. All she knows is that she loved Tamlin before all of this and risked her life for him and he saved her from her miserable human life. So I think more what she feels is gratitude rather than love…

When Rhys saves her, he treats her as an equal. He doesn’t try to shield her. They become close friends, along with his friends from the Court of Dreams, different than the Court of Nightmares, and she becomes one of their posse in Velaris.

In this book, you learn more about the Dark Court and its denizens, more Fey lore, more about the strife between Rhys and Tamlin’s families, high Fae and lesser Fae, and about how the human world is ruled. Feyre’s sisters also in this book quite a bit! I love Nesta. I love reading all of her dialogue. I really hope her and Cassian end up together.

I knew this book was going to end with Rhys and Feyre being separated since they found out they were mates but I hate how it ended anyway. I hate that she’s back in the Spring Court with Tamlin. I hope Lucien helps since he’s mated with her sister. And you know… because he was once her friend, but who knows. I just want them to get back to each other!

On another side note, have other readers out there been shocked at how graphic these books are? There is definitely some smut. I have no problem with smut but these books are still being put in the Teen section at Barnes & Noble, what if an innocent, little 14 year old picked these up!? I think it’s time Barnes & Noble created a New Adult section. Or maybe they can title it it “YOUNG ADULT BOOKS FOR 20 SOMETHING YEAR OLDS WHO LIKE TO PRETEND THEY’RE STILL 17”

I would fall into that group. Hell, I’ll probably be reading Young Adult until I can’t read anymore. It so much more adventurous and eye opening than adult. And most Adult books I pick up are sad/depressing in some way. You usually know a Young Adult book will have a happy ending eventually. Adult books… not so much.

Anyway, if you haven’t read this book, or the first one you need to go get it now! They’re wonderful! 5/5 stars.