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Friday 13 February 2009

The Last Days by Scott Westerfeld

Synopsis:- Strange things are happening: people going crazy in the streets, friends disappearing, angels (or devils) clambering on the fire escapes of the city. But for Pearl, Moz and Zahler, all that matters is their new band. As the city reels under a mysterious epidemic, they combine their talents with a vampire lead singer and a drummer whose fractures mind can glimpse the coming darkness. Will their music stave off the end of the world? Or summon it? 

Set against the gritty apocalypse that began in Parasite Positive or Peeps, The Last Days is about five teenagers who find themselves creating the soundtrack for the end of the world.

Source:- The Last Days book cover by Scott Westerfeld

Personal Review:- This book is the sequel to Peeps and whilst I was disappointed that it didn't really take you from the end of Peeps it was still a good read. I was hoping that The Last Days will follow Cal, Lacey, Morgan and Sarah into their new lives and into the war that is raging, but unfortunately, whilst Lacey and Cal do make guest appearances towards the end they weren't the main characters of this book.

However, having said that, The Last Days still had it's own charm. It takes you from a simple story of a bunch of teenagers starting up a band to eventually realizing, amongst themselves, what is truly happening in the world, or in their world. Soon they are well informed and helping Peep carriers such as Lacey and Cal to kill the worm that made it's appearance towards the end of Peeps.

Once again I was slightly disappointed with the ending. Like Peeps' ending I found the Last Days ending a bit bizarre and unrealistic, but having said that, being a Young Adult novel I thought that maybe the ending is what is expected in this age group. Despite the ending I still thoroughly enjoyed the book, whilst it's something that I probably wouldn't re-read again it was an enjoyable read whilst it lasted. I read this book in less than 24 hours so it really wasn't bad at all.

Rating:- 6 out of 10



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