Books

The Last Star

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The Last Star

Author: Rick Yancey

Grade: C+

The invasion happened in waves. Power, destruction, plague, violence… the last book in The 5th Wave series is about the final step of the invasion. Once again we follow Cassie, Ben, Evan and their friends as they fight to stop it while keeping their humanity (and a reason for saving humanity itself) in tact.

I was really excited for this book. The 5th Wave was enjoyable and I really liked Cassie and her quest to reunite with her younger brother. I was not so big on the second one but was willing to chalk it up to sequelitis. Unfortunately this one had some big problems for me.

I’m going to try to stay away from spoilers but I might have some vague ones:

The big ending was fairly predictable in terms of death. Yet someone who was thought dead didn’t stay dead and I kind of thought they should have.

In terms of the invasion itself the book left me with more questions than answers.

But probably the biggest disappointment:

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Chloe Grace Moretz as Cassie- in the movie version of The 5th Wave.

I can’t help but feel like Cassie herself was lost. I really liked her in the first book. She wasn’t perfect but I liked being inside her head and her story and view. The sequel was where she really started to lose it but this one it was almost like she was playing second fiddle to Ringer and even Ben. (Never big on Ringer to begin with.)

And when the ending came about part of me was like, “Did I miss something? Why did she do that?”

She just felt so disjointed that I almost completely disconnected from her which is a shame.

Rick Yancey definitely does try to make bigger statements on humanity on our nature and mortality itself and some of it worked for me but some of it also felt like threads of deep thoughts that were being spoken by vessels I really wasn’t big on anymore in terms of character.

Overall the series itself is average. I can’t say I didn’t enjoy it or that it wasn’t an easy read but I was hoping for more.

Recommend: The 5th Wave for sure. After that I’m fifty-fifty.

Movies

The 5th Wave Film

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The Fifth Wave

Genre: YA/Sci-Fi/ Book Adaptation…

Grade: C

 The aliens have arrived and attack us in a series of waves including taking the power, spreading disease, and mass destruction without ever being seen. The 5th Wave based on the book by Rick Yancey (that I very much enjoyed) tells the story of Cassie, a teenage survivor desperately trying to reunite with her brother Sam. As well as the children with Sam co-opted by the military to fight the invaders for the next wave.

 Like I said I really enjoyed the book but the movie was… average. It starts out pretty well in a lot of ways. The CGI isn’t bad. The alien attacks are horrible because they leave the humans with absolutely no ability to fight back. Chloe Moretz does a good job as Cassie and Liev Schreiber is really good as Vosch, the head military man. There were a couple of good emotional moments thrown in as well like when she can’t catch up to Sam as he’s taken away.

 I also thought the movie did a fairly good job of not telegraphing the twists- spoilers for which I won’t give away.

 It’s really the second part of the movie where it fell apart for me. I liked Evan in the books but it seemed like all the meat from his relationship with Cassie (and his character) was gone. There was very little there from the time he appeared and it felt boring. I hate to say it to but Alex Roe (Evan) was not that good. Maybe it wasn’t him because they stripped a lot from Ben (Cassie’s former crush and current military recruit) as well but I thought that actor still did a good job.

 Seriously, there’s a scene where she watches Evan bathing in a river and it just felt odd because there was nothing behind that relationship to me. It didn’t do much to help Cassie’s characterization either.

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 The second big thing was that the revelations in the movie happen so fast that I felt like they fell flat. I don’t want to get into spoilers but it just didn’t seem to have the weight that it needed. I was like, “Um, okay?”

 Lastly, and this could be nitpicking, I don’t remember if all the stuff on the military base was as unbelievable in the book as it was in the movie. It all felt way, way to easy for the heroes. I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say that at one point Cassie is rushing through a crowd, wearing a completely different uniform and making a scene while in wide shots you can see guards on the outside of the crowd and no one seems to see her or stop her.

 I gave the movie bonus points for a scene where Cassie is scavenging and grabs some tampons because hey, even in an alien invasion you still need the necessities. But then again a friend pointed out how she always seemed to have killer hair products and seriously, even after she had been injured her hair was still on point. So maybe that’s a wash.

 Recommend: Wait to Rent.