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The Last Star
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The Last Star
The Fifth Wave Series, Book 3
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The highly-anticipated finale to the New York Times bestselling 5th Wave series.
Includes an exclusive diary entry from Cassie!
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.
Praise for The Last Star
"Yancey's prose remains achingly precise, and this grows heavier, tighter, and more impossible to put down as the clock runs out...this blistering finale proves the truth of the first two volumes: it was never about the aliens."—Booklist, starred review

"A haunting, unforgettable finale."—Kirkus Reviews

"Yancey doesn't hit the breaks for one moment, and the action is intense, but the language always stays lyrical and lovely. It's a satisfying end to an impressive trilogy, true to the characters and the world Yancey created."—Entertainment Weekly

"Yancey has capped off his riveting series with a perfect ending."—TeenReads.com

"[T]he ending provides both satisfaction and heartbreak."—Publishers Weekly

"Yancey's writing is just as solid and descriptive as in the first two books....What Yancey does beautifully is reveal the human condition."—Examiner.com
"Rick Yancey sticks the (alien) landing in the action-packed finale to his The 5th Wave invasion saga . . . . And the author gives us a major dose of girl power as well, pairing Cassie and Ringer for an uneasy alliance that provides the best moments in this fantastic series' thought-provoking and satisfying conclusion."—USA Today
Praise for The 5th Wave
Now a major motion picture starring Chloë Grace Moretz
"Remarkable, not-to-be-missed-under-any-circumstances."—Entertainment Weekly
"A modern sci-fi masterpiece . . ."—USAToday.com

"Wildly entertaining . . . I couldn't turn the pages fast enough."—Justin Cronin, The New York Times Book Review
Praise for The Infinite Sea
"Heart-pounding pacing, lyrical prose and mind-bending twists . . ."—The New York Times Book Review
"Impressively improves on the excellent beginning of the trilogy."—USA Today
"An epic sci-fi novel with all the romance, action, and suspense you could ever want."—Seventeen.com

Books in the series:
The 5th Wave (The First Book of The 5th Wave)
The Infinite Sea (The Second Book of The 5th Wave)
The Last Star (The Third Book of the The 5th Wave)
The highly-anticipated finale to the New York Times bestselling 5th Wave series.
Includes an exclusive diary entry from Cassie!
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.
Praise for The Last Star
"Yancey's prose remains achingly precise, and this grows heavier, tighter, and more impossible to put down as the clock runs out...this blistering finale proves the truth of the first two volumes: it was never about the aliens."—Booklist, starred review

"A haunting, unforgettable finale."—Kirkus Reviews

"Yancey doesn't hit the breaks for one moment, and the action is intense, but the language always stays lyrical and lovely. It's a satisfying end to an impressive trilogy, true to the characters and the world Yancey created."—Entertainment Weekly

"Yancey has capped off his riveting series with a perfect ending."—TeenReads.com

"[T]he ending provides both satisfaction and heartbreak."—Publishers Weekly

"Yancey's writing is just as solid and descriptive as in the first two books....What Yancey does beautifully is reveal the human condition."—Examiner.com
"Rick Yancey sticks the (alien) landing in the action-packed finale to his The 5th Wave invasion saga . . . . And the author gives us a major dose of girl power as well, pairing Cassie and Ringer for an uneasy alliance that provides the best moments in this fantastic series' thought-provoking and satisfying conclusion."—USA Today
Praise for The 5th Wave
Now a major motion picture starring Chloë Grace Moretz
"Remarkable, not-to-be-missed-under-any-circumstances."—Entertainment Weekly
"A modern sci-fi masterpiece . . ."—USAToday.com

"Wildly entertaining . . . I couldn't turn the pages fast enough."—Justin Cronin, The New York Times Book Review
Praise for The Infinite Sea
"Heart-pounding pacing, lyrical prose and mind-bending twists . . ."—The New York Times Book Review
"Impressively improves on the excellent beginning of the trilogy."—USA Today
"An epic sci-fi novel with all the romance, action, and suspense you could ever want."—Seventeen.com

Books in the series:
The 5th Wave (The First Book of The 5th Wave)
The Infinite Sea (The Second Book of The 5th Wave)
The Last Star (The Third Book of the The 5th Wave)
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    4.9
  • Lexile:
    670
  • Interest Level:
    UG
  • Text Difficulty:
    3

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Excerpts-
  • From the book 1
    This is my body.
    In the cave's lowermost chamber, the priest raises the last wa­fer—his supply has been exhausted—toward the formations that remind him of a dragon's mouth frozen in mid-roar, the growths like teeth glistening red and yellow in the lamplight.
    The catastrophe of the divine sacrifice by his hands.
    Take this, all of you, and eat of it . . .
    Then the chalice containing the final drops of wine.
    Take this, all of you, and drink from it . . .
    Midnight in late November. In the caves below, the small band of survivors will remain warm and hidden with enough supplies to last until spring. No one has died of the plague in months. The worst appears to be over. They are safe here, perfectly safe.
    With faith in your love and mercy, I eat your body and drink your blood . . .
    His whispers echo in the deep. They clamber up the slick walls, skitter along the narrow passage toward the upper chambers, where his fellow refugees have fallen into a restless sleep.
    Let it not bring me condemnation, but health in mind and body.
    There is no more bread, no more wine. This is his final communion.
    May the body of Christ bring me to everlasting life.
    The stale fragment of bread that softens on his tongue.
    May the blood of Christ bring me to everlasting life.
    The drops of soured wine that burn his throat.
    God in his mouth. God in his empty stomach.
    The priest weeps.
    He pours a few drops of water into the chalice. His hand shakes. He drinks the precious blood commingled with water, then wipes clean the chalice with the purificator.
    It is finished. The everlasting sacrifice is over. He dabs his cheeks on the same cloth he used to clean the chalice. The tears of man and the blood of God inseparable. Nothing new in that.
    He wipes clean the paten with the cloth, then stuffs the purifi­cator into the chalice and sets it aside. He pulls the green stole from his neck, folds it carefully, kisses it. He loved everything about being a priest. Loved the Mass most of all.
    His collar is damp with sweat and tears and loose about his neck: He's lost fifteen pounds since the plague struck and aban­doned his parish to make the hundred-mile journey to the caverns north of Urbana. Along the way he gained many followers—over fifty in all, though thirty-two died from the infection before reach­ing safety. As their deaths approached, he spoke the rite, Catholic, Protestant, or Jew, it didn't matter: May the Lord in his love and mercy help you . . . Tracing a cross on their hot foreheads with his thumb. May the Lord who frees you from sin save you . . .
    The blood that seeped from their eyes mixed with the oil he rubbed on their lids. And smoke rolled across open fields and hunkered in woods and capped over roads like ice over languid rivers in deep winter. Fires in Columbus. Fires in Springfield and Dayton. In Huber Heights and London and Fairborn. In Frank­lin and Middletown and Xenia. In the evenings the light from a thousand fires turned the smoke a dusky orange, and the sky sank to an inch above their heads. The priest shuffled through the smoldering landscape with one hand outstretched, pressing a rag over his nose and mouth with the other while tears of protest streamed down his face. Blood crusted beneath his broken nails, blood caked in the lines of his hands and in the soles of his shoes. Not much farther, he encouraged his companions. Keep moving. Along the way, someone nicknamed him Father Moses, for he was leading his people out of the obscurity of smoke and fire to the Promised Land...
Reviews-
  • Publisher's Weekly

    May 23, 2016
    Six weeks have passed since readers left Cassie, Ben, and their skeletal crew clinging to life at the end of The Infinite Sea, limping toward a final confrontation with the Others, inscrutable aliens who have engineered the near-extinction of the human race. Seven billion are dead. Those still alive cannot let down their guard. Silencers roam the countryside picking off survivors. This final installment of Yancey's 5th Wave trilogy again unspools from multiple perspectives, keeping readers as off-balance as the characters, who must adjust to a world where they can trust no one. Current events make it harder to read this dystopian epic as escapist literature when some plot elements—like the Others' use of suicide bombers not old enough to know what they're doing—are far from implausible. After hundreds of pages of violent, nonstop action, the ending provides both satisfaction and heartbreak. Ben perhaps gets to the heart of Yancey's theme when he says the only way to win against an irrational foe is to hold onto his humanity. "You're never perfectly safe," he says. "To live is to risk your life, your heart, everything." Ages 14–up. Agent: Brian DeFiore, DeFiore and Co.

  • DOGO Books bluehorse3 - Out of all three 5th Wave books, this one was my favorite. It brought some really thought provoking questions about life and ethics(what's right and wrong) and I know that sound kinda boring, but it was super engaging and interesting and exciting.
  • Kirkus

    June 1, 2016
    Cassie, Ringer, Ben (aka Zombie), and company fight the final frontier to save the last vestiges of human life on Earth. On the heels of their mind-boggling discovery of the origin of the "others"--humans who they were tricked into thinking were aliens--Yancey's cast of child soldiers and assassins plots to stop the planet's takeover, led by the evil Vosch, who's responsible for the mass murder of billions of innocent humans. The story takes place over the final four days before 5th Wave soldiers are unleashed to destroy every city in the world. Similar to the first two titles in the trilogy (The 5th Wave, 2013, and The Infinite Sea, 2014), this action-packed conclusion starts with a ghastly, ominous tableau then unfolds through the voices of its various heroines, heroes, and villains. Yancey piles on plenty of gross throughout, including a pit of freshly killed and rotting dead bodies that gets visited and revisited on multiple occasions as well as a very, very scary crazy cat lady that will have readers recoiling in horror and disgust--only Yancey could have imagined it. Religion also plays a fairly strong role this time around, as characters find themselves questioning their own personal beliefs as well as their trust and faith in each other, which is totally understandable give their state of affairs. Although the going gets murky from time to time, readers should be happy to know that by the end all is revealed, even if it's not necessarily the truth they want. A haunting, unforgettable finale. (Science fiction. 14 & up)

    COPYRIGHT(2016) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • School Library Journal

    June 1, 2016

    Gr 9 Up-The Others arrived with one goal in mind-complete annihilation of the human race. The first wave cut the power, the second brought natural disasters, the third heralded the plague, the fourth saw the Others walk among us, but the fifth will be the worst. Without trust, it is every human for themselves. Forced by Vosch to undergo the 12th system, Ringer is enhanced with alien technology that makes her a deadly killer. Vosch has given her one mission-bring him Evan Walker. With Evan captured, Ringer offers Cassie what she wants most-a chance to infiltrate Vosch's headquarters to save Evan as long as Vosch is Ringer's to kill. Added to this pressure is the fact that they have just four days before the mothership will begin dropping bombs on all of the world's major cities. This is the most mature of the volumes of Yancey's "Fifth Wave" trilogy, as strong language frequently appears and violence reaches its peak. Astute fans will appreciate the author's attempt to make everything come full circle back to Cassie's initial fear that she is the last human. While satisfying, the ending will leave readers either loving or hating it, so prepare to hear passionate debates from teens. VERDICT While some questions remain unanswered, there are too many fans of the series even to consider passing over the final installment for purchase.-Lindsey Tomsu, La Vista Public Library, NE

    Copyright 2016 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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