The Last Star

The Last Star Summary

The highly-anticipated finale to the New York Timesbestselling 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.”—
“[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.”—

"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 . . ."—
"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.”—
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)

Book Reviews


👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼5 star

A great conclusion55


Ended well5 star

They ended the story as well as possible and I was happy.55


sir i do not agree with the endgame1 star

explain to me your reasoning of not making ben and cassie endgame......... lit rally mental illness luv15

Tory Brennan

Last Star...4 star

Very sad... I like sad. So therefore I liked this. After reading this I was just like 😐😧😢. Good series45


Not for everyone apparently.5 star

Not sure why some of the top reviews are bad. Overall it was a great series with a compelling story. I was thrown off in the second book when the perspective of the story was no longer from only Cassie, which I thought was good. It allowed us, the readers, to dive into the lives of the other characters as you would in a movie perhaps. I noticed people hating on the “dairy” format of the book which makes no sense. The book is simply written in a way where chapters are written from the perspective of different characters. I honestly felt sad throughout the book because of all of the death, more so the death of pound cake and dumbo. I expected Cassie to die at the end of the series which I think was fitting and obvious. How she died? Well that shocked me a little. Also, I was shocked by those who didn’t die which I won’t spoil and you won’t understand until the very last chapter (you also won’t understand if you only read the last chapter). I think the whole idea of the aliens never being there was interesting too. They never even wanted the planet in the first place. The entire point of them, of the series, sending an entirely automated ship to Earth was to ensure that life on Earth would be stabilized: not necessarily human life (since we are actually the reason why Earth is dying: in the book and in real life now) but life in the aggregate. I feel like the author wanted to point out our population issues and what drives that issue today.55


What a waste1 star

This book had so much potential but felt rushed. The ending felt cold and didn't make much sense. Ultimately a disappointing finish to what could've been a great trilogy.15

Don’t Read It

Disappointed1 star

To be honest, I fell in love with the first two books. They had a perfect balance of everything. This one, however, I was very disappointed in. It pained me to even read it. I got halfway through and contemplated not finishing it. If you love this series, do yourself a favor and DO NOT read this last book. Question for the author, how can you start Cassie’s side of the story as journal entries and then kill her off? How does that even make sense?15

The last book in the 5th wave

The last star2 star

I didn't like the way it ended. Poor poor Sam!!!!!!25


Just OK3 star

Ok so I loves the 5th wave, the Infinite sea was good because it gave you more character detail and made you realize more of the big picture sort of speak. But the last star to me was a bit of a let down. It was a good easy read but I found myself completely disconnected from the characters. In the 5th you are totally connected to Cassie and through her to humanity. You have hope and of course the ever present possibility of love. Third kind of gives you a different side and tries to get you invested in the other characters but I found that in trying to do this it disconnected you from Cassie and kind of "forced" or tried to anyway, to connect you to Ringer. I really didn't care too much for that. I mean it took one book to really get me into Cassie's head and come to care for her and those around her and to become invested in her whole "world". Infinite Sea just brushed over her and tried really hard to make us think of other things and other people and is there a love triangle, isn't there? Are the aliens there or is it something bigger? So it's very different it becomes very abstract and so do your feelings about the characters. They kind of because two dimensional. I found myself just wanting to finish the book already. Now I come to the end and feel like, ok whatever! Really?!??!! I read three freaken books and feel nothing, no love lost, no sadness, just "wow I kind of wasted some time but I guess it's better than just wondering about the end. A lot of people compared the end with Tris and the divergent Series but really I think the writer didn't allow us to feel the same connection. I was Truly invested in Tris, with Cassie I was remove... I just wanted and end so I could read the next book. I really just feel Blah about this whole series. It started great then went to good to just fine I guess!35


The Last Star2 star

This is the 3rd and last book in The 5th Wave series by Rick Yancey. The story itself was fine but the language was awful. It's was vulgar and sacrilegious. It ruined the entire book. The book is inappropriate for younger readers. I even know a few who stopped reading it because of the language. It was too offensive for them. I won't read another Yancey book because of it. Too bad because it could have been a good series.25

Other Books by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave


The 5th Wave
4.5     1112
The Infinite Sea


The Infinite Sea
4.5     930
The Monstrumologist


The Monstrumologist
4.5     68

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