The 5th Wave: Book 3 – The Last Star (Book Review)

The Last Star is the third and final novel in Rick Yancey’s 5th Wave trilogy for young adults.

…warning: potential spoilers for those not already familiar with books 1 and 2…

Check out my review of book one, The 5th Wave here, or book two, The Infinite Sea via this link.

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Brent Bolster Investigations: Book 4 – Double Infinity (Book Review)

Double Infinity is the fourth science fiction novel in the hilarious Brent Bolster Investigations series by author Michael Campling, and it is reminiscent of writers such as Douglas Adams and Red Dwarf creators Rob Grant and Doug Naylor.

…warning: potential spoilers for those not previously familiar with the Brent Bolster series…

My review of book one, Dial G for Gravity can be found here.

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The 5th Wave: Book 2 – The Infinite Sea (Book Review)

The Infinite Sea is the second novel in the 5th Wave trilogy from science fiction writer Rick Yancey.

 

***warning: this review may contain spoilers for those not already familiar with book 1, The 5th Wave***

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (Book Review)

The 5th Wave is a science fiction novel from writer Rick Yancey and is the first book in the 5th Wave trilogy to become a major motion picture, recently released in cinemas.

 

Wave 1 – An electromagnetic pulse that wipes out all of the planets power and electronic devices

Wave 2 – Destruction by tsunami

Wave 3 – Infection via birds

Wave 4 – Alien invasion

Wave 5 – We Fight Back!

 

The Rules:

1 – Don’t trust anyone

2 – To stay alive is to stay alone

 

Cassie Sullivan, a sixteen year old survivor of the first four waves of the alien invasion is possibly all that is left after she loses her family to this apocalyptic tragedy. She must remain alone if she wants to survive, because there is only one rule that can protect her now: trust no-one.

But when she meets Evan Walker everything changes. He saves her life, and she saves him by giving his life purpose and meaning. Together Cassie and Evan keep each other safe, and alive. But can she really trust him? Is he really who he claims to be?

Meanwhile, an army of uninfected children are being trained for the war.

 

Favourite Quotes:

Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vosch (quoting Stalin): “A single death is a tragedy; a million is a statistic.” (p128)

 

“We’re here, and then we’re gone, and it’s not about the time we’re here, but what we do with the time.” – Evan Walker, (p178)

 

The 5th Wave is a story full of courage and hope against the worst odds imaginable. Aliens have invaded Earth, their intention: to make our planet their home. But in order to do so, they must neutralise the human race.

The book begins at the end of the 4th wave and is a little confusing when it jumps back and forth between present day and the past, or between the viewpoint of one person and that of another. However, eventually we reach a period of cohesion and the story starts to make a bit more sense.

Unfortunately there are a few areas that to me don’t quite seem logical, though I am loath to discuss them here for fear of spoiling the story.

Despite those occasional little niggles that I am unable to comprehend I did enjoy this interestingly unique take on the invasion genre and give the book 4 out of 5 stars, but I’m not sure that the story actually reached any real conclusion. Maybe this was intentional in order for the author to release his story as a trilogy, but even separate novels should have some sort of cohesive end that fits the overall arc of the book.

Those interested can check out The 5th Wave on Amazon.co.uk here.

 

 

See also:

Book 2 – The Infinite Sea

Book 3 – The Last Star

The Solaris Saga by Janet McNulty (Book Reviews)

This review comprises the four novels in Janet McNulty’s space opera series, The Solaris Saga. You can read my full review of book one ‘Solaris Seethes’ via OnlineBookClub.org here.

 

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Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (Book Review)

Today’s book review is the science fiction novel Dark Matter written by Blake Crouch, the man who created the Wayward Pines series.

 

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The Race Through Space Trilogy: Books 1-3 – David Hawk (Book Review)

Book 1: The Race Through Space

David Hawk’s first book is an intriguing science fiction adventure novella, in which two 13-year-olds travel through wormholes to extra-terrestrial planets. Neil Webb and his best friend Marie have been tasked by Neil’s father, Stephen and fellow physicist Dr. William Lowell, to embark on a dangerous mission to rescue them from an uncharted planet. Teaming up with various intelligent alien beings whom they meet along the way, Neil and Marie soon find themselves thrust into the adventure of a lifetime.

 

Book 2: The Wave of Time

Neil and Marie have unexpectedly found themselves separated from their companions and guides after the events in book one. However, while resting on the alien planet Amphibios they stumble upon Neil’s grandfather, Grandpa Al. Together the three of them must find a way to reach Stephen and Dr. Lowell, preferably before Dr. Lowell succumbs to his wounds.

 

Book 3: The End of Time

The third novella in this Race Through Space trilogy concludes the adventures of Neil and Marie, on their mission to rescue Dr. Stephen Webb and Dr. William Lowell from the uncharted Alien planet. Before travelling to Varillam, to warn its inhabitants of a deadly threat to their existence.

 

Review:

I rather enjoyed meeting and learning about all of the different races of intelligent beings and various strange creatures that inhabit these alien planets, such as the Spaldings and the Wychu. The overall story is very fun and imaginative, and the pace is swift with simple and straightforward language, making these novellas perfect for young adults.

However, personally I dislike it when writers release separate short novellas as instalments of a larger series. This is because each book tends to end abruptly without conclusion, instead continuing the main plot through into the next instalment, and the next etc. The Race Through Space books employ this very system of separate short instalments, so please beware of this if you choose to read these books individually. The saving grace is that the three books have been brought together and released as a trilogy, which is what I have read and reviewed here.

One major issue that I have about this story is that since there are at least three different wormhole devices in existence – the one Dr. Stephen Webb and Dr. William Lowell use, Neil’s device and Grandpa Al’s device – why didn’t Stephen take a spare device with them on their journey, and leave just one device at home. Surely in reality this would have made the most sense, although I suppose if that were the case then the whole concept of this story falls apart, as then Neil wouldn’t have needed to come to his Dad’s rescue. Admittedly David included an explanation to this later on in book three, however I still feel that it would have benefitted Stephen to have carried a spare device.

There are also quite a high number of quality issues with regard to spelling and grammar within this book which is rather frustrating as its basic premise is highly enjoyable. I’m rating this at 3.5 out of 5 stars because while I enjoyed the main story arc, finding it amusing, fun and entertaining, there were a few issues and I maintain that this should have been released simply as one complete novel, rather than split into instalments and classed as a trilogy.

I received a complimentary copy of The Race Through Space Trilogy direct from author, David Hawk and have voluntarily chosen to write this review. Those interested can purchase a copy of The Race Through Space from Amazon.co.uk by clicking this link.