Book reviews

Book Review | The Last Star

Title: The Last Star

Series: The 5th Wave

Author: Rick Yancey

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Synopsis 16131489The 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

You have no idea how much I have been anticipating this novel ever since the beginning of time, well ever since I finished the prequel. Did it live up to the hype? Ehhh..

I’ll start with the things I didn’t like so we can finish on a good note. The novel was majorly made up of characters running around everywhere and doing all these crazy mission-impossible things. It was chaos. Oftentimes, I didn’t really see the point in focusing so much of the novel on the action you know?

As a consequence of creating an action based novel, the characters weren’t given time to grow, I mean yeah I guess they’ve had two novels before to grow and all but in this novel (bit of a spoiler) we see a 7 year old shoot someone’s brains out, a 7 year old who’s forgotten his alphabet. I mean can we talk about the psychology of that? I absolutely adored the prequels because of how psychologically focused they were.

Also, the main burning question of the novel as to why the aliens decided to conquer Earth is still left a bit ambiguous, which is good in a way but I’d rather not fill the blanks myself.

In saying all that, the novel definitely had the BEST shock factor, I absolutely could not put it down and it was gore and emotion and at one point it went all Interstellar. The writing as I said before was pretty action packed but there were hints of the poetic Rick Yancey that I like.

I like how Ringer and Cassie overcame their differences in the end.

I’m still trying to come to terms with the ending but I guess what happens happens right?

Rating

4

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Film review

Film Review | The Fifth Wave

Guess who basically went for one of first shows of The Fifth Wave? ME! I’ve been anticipating this film since I got wind of it. I followed the casting announcements, behind-the-scene photos and fangirled over the trailers and previews.

Which is why I’m disappointed in saying that it didn’t leave me mind-blown or even close to. The Fifth Wave turned out to be a mediocre film, it wasn’t too bad but neither was it too good.

The story stayed true to the book in ever possible way with a few details being cut out understandably. However, the structure of the story came off as a little awkward because of the writers of the film trying to capture all POVs mentioned in the book.

It did get a little draggy at times especially during certain character interactions. But, the film got the feels flowing so what am I even complaining about? not the mention, Evan Walker is a hot potato mm. There was also humour present at times which is a nice refresher.

I guess much of the book is based on Cassie’s thought-process and there is a HUGE psychological element in the book which is difficult to execute on screen. I’m glad that the personality of the characters in the book was captured near to perfection, my favourite among which being Ringer and Ben.

In terms of the ending, I’ve realised that cliff-hangers come across way better in books than they do in films. The ending felt a little abrupt and it made the film seems shorter somehow.

Rating

3

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Book news

The 5th wave movie: Casting

The film adaptation of Rick Yancey’s best-selling novel The 5th Wave is making high progress.

Filming has already begun and most of the main characters have been cast so I decided, why not share the cast of 5th Wave and bring you up to date!

NOTE: I’m not familiar with most of these actors so sorry if I come across as ignorant.

Teacup 

Initially I thought she looked a bit mature to play Teacup then I thought right, this is Teacup: the meanest seven year old. I’m excited to see if she can pull it off.

Lisa Sullivan 

Judging by the Facebook comments on The 5th Wave page this actress is more well known as Tara. Now I’m not a television person so I have no clue but all I remember  Cassie’s mum doing is being sick so not sure how big her role will be in the movie.

Oliver Sullivan 

Not much to say here except he is close to the all American dad I imagined Cassie to have.

Dumbo

Oh my God, look how perfect he is! the first thing I noticed was his ears cuz get it?Dumbo? I believe he can play the role of the fierce medic quite well.

Sammy

Isn’t that the cutest thing! not gonna lie I imagined Sammy as this chubby five year old but for movie purposes I guess they want him to look older. Appearance wise, he does resemble our Cassie a tad bit so they can pass off as siblings.

Vosch

Initial reaction: Holy moly this is the stuff of my nightmares. It feels like they literally scanned my brain and then created this dude to look exactly like how I imagined Vosch . The 5th Wave has some of the most promising cast I swear.

Ringer

Another scan of my brain I’m guessing? this is so ON POINT. That fierce, sharp, kickass girl I pictured now has an immensely similar face as to my imagination. Although I do hope they give her dark hair because I’m particular like that

For those who’ve read The Infinite Sea, remember Ringer’s name is Marika and this actress is called Maika, weird right? good weird.

Ben Parrish

I’m not too sure about this one, he seems a bit young and I imagined Ben to look like the stereotypical blond footballer. Guess we’ll just wait for the movie.

Evan Walker

Oh Gods of hotness! behold this fine specimen readers because he is PERFECTION. In my eyes, they couldn’t have done a better job casting Evan “claps excitedly”. Brb, just gonna swoon in the corner by myself,

“drumroll”

Cassie Sullivan

My Queen just got cast as Cassie Sullivan HELL YES.  I had this argument with my friend because she thinks Chloe should just stick to doing the emotional/dramatic roles that she currently does and I was like NO.  if there is anyone that can pull off the badass, coming of age character that Cassie is, It’s Chloe. Super excited to see her in a different dynamic eek!

The 5th wave is set to release sometime in 2016 and I can’t wait to receive more news from the sets and everything.

Which cast member seems the most promising to you? anyone you’re surprised or unfazed by? comment away

All picture credits go to: https://www.facebook.com/5thWaveMovie

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Book reviews

Book review: The Infinite Sea

Author: Rick Yancey16131484

Pages: 300

Genre: Young adult-science fiction

WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS

Summary:

How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

The prequel, the fifth wave was absolutely mind blowing- it was thrilling, graphic and action packed. Much like the prequel The infinite sea also contained the same thrill and adrenaline however, it was turned down a notch making it a step down from the previous book. Now, I’m not bashing the book, believe me it was a good sequel but for some odd reason I didn’t achieve the same satisfaction from this book as I did from its predecessor.

In terms of progress, this book seemed to drag because of the fact that the characters weren’t travelling as much. This did constitute to less action and more dialogue between the characters. The serious but humorous discussion happening between the characters throughout this book added personality and depth to the characters.

My favorite character would have to be Ben, he seems so genuine and honest. I also like the fact that he can make light of any situation while taking control of everyone as well.

I cannot get over Rick Yancey’s writing. Sure, this is a sci-fi thriller but he adds that little poetic twist to it making it melancholic and flowing. There were a LOT of metaphor in The infinite Sea and I love metapors! much because of the fact that everyone interprets them differently and it’s interesting to discover everyones take on what the author is trying to imply.

The Infinite Sea travelled more deeply into the reason why the aliens are invading Earth, a question I hadn’t thought about much. I have a theory but I’m not sure whether anyone would be interested in reading it, let me know?

The ending left me a little confused, I mean are Teacup and Razor dead or what? And where is Ringer gonna go? so many questions! I guess I’ll just wait one more year until The End releases.

Rating

3

 

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