The Last Days

 
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Reader reviewed by Ashley

The Last Days is about a group of kids who form a band. The lead singer, Minerva, is parasite positive and is able to call up the worms. With her voice, they just might be able to save the world.


 Most of the book is just about the band making music, and the relationships that form between the each of the members.




I didn't like The Last Days as much as its companion Peeps. It didn't keep me very interested, and the story line just wasn't as good. There wasn't much action like the first book, so there were a lot of dull parts.  I was expecting this book to be at least as good as the first, so I was pretty disappointed.

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Disappointing...
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Reader reviewed by Ashley

The Last Days is about a group of kids who form a band. The lead singer, Minerva, is parasite positive and is able to call up the worms. Most of the book is just about the band making music, and the relationships that form between the each of the members.




I didn't like The Last Days as much as its companion Peeps. It didn't keep me very interested, and the story line just wasn't as good. There wasn't much action like the first book, so there were a lot of dull parts.  I was expecting this book to be at least as good as the first, so I was pretty disappointed.


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Even if it is the last days, it does not have to end
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Reader reviewed by Samantha

The Last Days is a sequel to Peeps, but it has different characters and different scenes. The book is about five musicians who want to become famous and who will do anything to reach their goal. They found each other from one unexpected craziness from a women throwing her items out the window. As they become larger in popularity, more things happen that change their lives. People in the band change from one another, people get hurt, and people get angry. Can they save their reputation, but still save the world from the last days of normal?
This book is a breath-taking novel that has exeptional qualities that will capture you until you are done. I love the details of the way Scott Westerfeld describes everything; it is amazing! Read this book and you will not regret it at all!
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The Last Days by Scott Westerfeld
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Reader reviewed by Megan

Pearl and Moz never knew each other before a parasite-positive, or a "peep" --- a person who carries a parasite that can best be described as vampirism --- threw a 1975 Fender Stratocaster with gold pickups out a third-floor window. Pearl turns out to be a talented keyboardist, and Moz, who plays guitar, invites bass player Zahler to join them. Moz recruits Alana --- their bucket-percussing homeless schizophrenic drummer --- from her regular street-corner gig in Times Square. Minerva, the lead singer, is an old friend of Pearl's. But Minerva hasn't been the same since she became afflicted with some kind of weird illness that causes her to hate the things she once loved, crave a lot of raw meat and gain a rather strong attachment to her cat.

Black water is flowing from fire hydrants over streets piled with garbage. Cannibals are in charge of record companies. The Night Mayor, first seen in Scott Westerfeld's PEEPS, knows that time and technology have come together to form the perfect environment for a pandemic. The worms that haunt the subway tunnels of New York are getting stronger and more numerous. Homeland Security can't do anything about the spreading of the parasite that infects Minerva, but the Night Watch --- the organization working to stop the parasite's rapid spread --- can. They're going to attempt to use the band's unearthly melodies as a weapon against the killer worms and paranoid peeps.

If you haven't already read PEEPS, you'll want to do so before starting THE LAST DAYS; even though this gruesome, terrifying and amazing sequel can stand on its own, you'll understand it a lot better if you read its predecessor first. This is not one of those vampire novels with a lush setting and lots of forbidden romance, but that's what makes it such a great read. Westerfeld's vampires are gritty and nasty, dressed in rags, and sweating and screaming amid sewer rats. They will keep you up late biting your nails and hoping they make it through the impending apocalypse just because you want to see more of them in a future book.
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Great Vampire Sequel
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Reader reviewed by the book muncher

This is New York City. A strange disease is traveling around. Rats are everywhere. Something sinister is lurking in the subway system. People seem to be going crazy. No one seems to know what is going on.

In the middle of all this, five teenagers meet. They are Moz, Zahler, Pearl, Minerva, and Alana Ray. They are all focused on their new band, from the songs to the name. All they want is for their band to get famous, but when they find out that their lead singer has the disease, that doesnt seem so easily achieved. The disease spreads and others in the band get it too.

What is strange about their music is that it seems to summon some kind of monster from the depths of the earth. The band doesnt understand until the end of the book.

The Last Days is the sequel to Peeps. What I really liked about this book was that you didnt have to read the first book to understand the story, unlike many other sequels. Scott Westerfeld is an amazing storyteller, but I liked the Midnighter series and the Uglies series better than this one. What first drew me to the book was the vampires, and I found it interesting that Scott Westerfelt treated vampirism as an epidemic. I recommend this for all vampire fans.
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starkingly different
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Reader reviewed by abscae

The second installment of the Peeps, I have to admit I was somewhat disappointed in this novel. While the first one offered so much, so many realistic thoughts, and suck eloquent language, this one left me slightly disappointed. I think one thing that I regretted were the characters they revolved around, they seemed shallow to some extent which turned me off slightly.

However, do not get me wrong. Scott Westerfeld has once again crafted a wonderful book. While this one has a more teenage point of view of the world in his novel, it is still good. The novel brings many conflicts up to hand, and the reactions really show how the world can turn out.
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Not as good as the original
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Reader reviewed by BEth

Sequel to Peeps-the main characters from Peeps are only minor characters in THe Last DAys. THe vampire epidemic is sweeping through the country. Moz and Pearl notice the differences, but don't get too involoved until a guitar is thrown out the window. The two form a band, with a Peep (Min) as the lead singer. This decision leads to a consequence that none of them are ready for- a battle with the beast below.
THis book had enough action to keep me turning the pages, but it had a lot more about the vampire thing than the previous one-which I didn't really like. It also didn't have the tidbits about viruses that the last one did. Each chapter was written by a different character, so it was interesting to hear different voices and their opinions throughout the book. Overall, it was pretty good, but I didn't like it as much as the first.
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Creepy and Mesmerizing
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Reader reviewed by Stephanie

Scott Westerfeld is arguably the master of modern-day sci-fi. His books, whether they are set in this present world, or in a future place, are always easy to relate to and understand. Even readers who have not read PEEPS (and you should) will enjoy this one.

THE LAST DAYS is essentially a story about five wannabe musicians getting together to form a band. Theres Pearl: musically talented, smart, rich, an entrepreneur, and a little bossy on the keyboard. Theres Moz, the talented but untrained guitarist who along with Pearl saves a rare Stratocaster guitar that a crazy woman was chucking out of her apartment window. Zahler is Mozs best friend, guitarist turned bassist, who constantly feels as if hes the bands weak link and has a penchant for making up new words (fawesome!).

The threesome hire Alana Ray, a talented but neurotically challenged drummer who drums on paint buckets and can see what music looks like. And finally theres Minerva, Pearls friend who was bitten by something and now exhibits vampirish and vaguely cannibalistic tendenciesbut whose singing talent somehow connects the whole band together into something paranormal.

When the band rehearses, strange things happen. The ground beneath them rumbles, as if something is struggling to reach them from underground. Meanwhile, the infected Minerva develops a relationship with Moz, as the parasite inside of her tries to spread itself by making her horny and irresistible.

In their journey to find an agent and get signed up to a label, the still nameless band learn that there is something very powerful about their music, as it has a way of summoning up the human races greatest enemy from deep within the earth where they reside. Now, the five young men and women must use their musical and supernatural talents to help the peeps, infected humans who can control their vampirish tendencies and who were created to help save humanity. Together, they will summon and fight the enemies until nearly all are extinct. Until next time.

The world that Scott Westerfeld has created is creepily realistic. I got chills from reading this novel, and anything that moves me to such a reaction is extraordinary.
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