Date of Publication: May 24, 2016
Genre and Themes: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Format: 338 pages, ebook
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Characters: Cassie Sullivan, Evan Walker, Ben Parrish, Ringer, Sam Sullivan
Blurb: 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.
WARNING: The following review contains spoilers
Heya YA books fans! Remember when Veronica Roth’s twist at the end of the Divergent trilogy? Well, this one’s basically the same, albeit milder in comparison.
What I don’t understand is why there would have to be that cheesy family scene at the end. I also don’t get why Evan didn’t just die at all. I mean, I’m rooting for the guy and Cassie but seriously – wouldn’t it be better if he just died since his “mayfly” died to save “humanity” to begin with? I mean, I get the 12th system and all, and him and Ringer not dying is very much possible but WHY Cassie? WHY? And since Cassie sacrificed herself for the greater good, what’s up with the whole silencer thingy? I mean, fuck, why can’t they just die altogether when Marika pressed that button. Yeah – Obviously, I just didn’t like the ending. To begin with, I never really like Marika and Ben AT ALL so I’m ticked off by the fact that they survived!!!!! Damnit!!
I thought the writing’s a bit tamer this time in comparison to the first two books in terms of the vibrancy of each scene and each character. I didn’t feel the action until I was at the 85th percentage of the story when the whole of wonderland was uploaded to Cassie’s. The impact wasn’t just there which probably added to my disappointment. Great disappointment that is.
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
About the Author
Rick is a native Floridian and a graduate of Roosevelt University in Chicago. He earned a B.A. in English which he put to use as a field officer for the Internal Revenue Service. Inspired and encouraged by his wife, he decided his degree might also be useful in writing books and in 2004 he began writing full-time.
Since then he has launched two critically acclaimed series: The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, for young readers, and The Highly Effective Detective, for adults. Both books are set in Knoxville, Tennessee, where Rick lived for ten years before returning to Florida.