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The Last Days (Peeps Series #2)

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  • Posted February 17, 2012

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    a really fun, really exciting book

    Most everyone calls The Last Days a sequel to Westerfeld's novel Peeps. I suppose that, loosely, this is true. For my part, I think of this novel as more of a companion to Peeps because the main characters are completely different (don't worry though, characters from Peeps do turn up), the structure of then novel is different, and because the only way to get the most out of either book is to read the two of them together, back-to-back. So, this is a sequel in the same way that The Two Towers was (trick statement! Tolkien meant the Lord of the Rings trilogy to be one book but it was too long and written before the days of ginormous novels).

    Suffice it to say, The Last Days is a very different book from its predecessor despite continuing the same story. Most of these differences are structural. Westerfeld again employs first person narration, but this time he has five narrators. Each chapter is labeled with a character's name and told from his or her point of view. Writing a novel in this way is incredibly difficult because you have to take into account continuity while also making sure you don't get redundant and trying to make each character sound unique. Westerfeld does all of that. Perfectly.

    In this novel, Westerfeld's narrators are in the interesting position that they know less than the readers (this is why reading Peeps first is so important). The whole vampire thing is an unknown for everyone. As is the issue of a pending apocalypse.

    But that doesn't tell you much about the story.

    It all starts with a girl who wants to make a band. Pearl sees the weird things going on in the city. The sanitation crisis. The increasing number of stray cats. Then there are the rats that are slowly taking over the subway system. And Brooklyn. Then there's Pearl's friend, Minerva, who's been acting pretty weird herself. Pearl decides that the best way to help her friend, and maybe get through the craziness, is to start a band.

    Soon Pearl finds the perfect band members. And they're a great band. But strange things happen when Minerva starts to sing. Making everyone wonder if the band's music is the one thing that can stop the apocalypse. Or start it.

    There are very few male writers who can convincingly narrate from a female point of view. Scott Westerfeld is one of the few. Instead of making the novel seem choppy, or the characters under-developed, Westerfeld's split narration makes every character much more dimensional.

    The story is about vampires, of course. And music. But it's also about friendship and relationships. Westerfeld artfully describes the vicious cycle some friendships have when one friend is always taking whatever the other has to give. He also shows how, sometimes, you have to keep those friends even when it's the last thing you want to do.

    Like Peeps, parts of this book are a little gross. Raw meat does turn up on several plates. Some narrators are more "unique" than others. But taken as a whole it all kind of works to make a really fun, really exciting book.

    At its basic level this is a story about a band trying to make it big when everything else is falling apart. Along the path to fame, they just might save the world.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    Ties up nicely

    I think if you read peeps and liked it you should read this. It ties up the story nicely in the end. I thought it was a great book, but my one complaint was that i expected more because i loved peeps so much. Dont get me wrong this book is a total page turner and is suspenseful read, but i was so impressed with peeps and it didnt quite live up to my extremely high standard for scott westerfeld. All of his books that ive read have been so good so i wanted more from th last days. I do think he had some very interesting twists and was very creative (like how all of the chapters are named after bands). Please though if you liked peeps this is a very good choice for you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2011

    Very Awesome Book! Must Read!

    The book I am about to review is called The Last Days by Scott Westerfield. I thought this book was very good and entertaining.
    My favorite character in this book was Moz. Moz is a boy who lives in New York and is in a band with four other people. Minerva, Pearl and Zahler are their names. Moz is my favorite character because he seems like an average teenager, he's very laid back. He was always trying to find people that would be good for his band when he and Zahler first started out. I liked him even more when Minerva passes a mysterious disease that is going around, to Moz. This turns Moz into a vampire. He is suddenly thirsty and hungry all the time. And not just for regular food. He becomes more rebellious and his personality gets a little darker. That's what I really liked about him.
    I can relate to many of the characters in this book, but the one in particular is Zahler. He is always trying to find ways to get money. I like making a little cash here and there too. I can also relate to him because he always feels like the odd one out. Many times I feel like this too. Zahler never gets in trouble either.
    My favorite part in the book was when almost everybody in the band goes to the record company. They all sit down and eventually get signed onto that label. The producer then gives them a mini concert to go to and perform at. One problem, the band doesn't have a name. So the producer leaves them alone to think about names. Still after 45 minutes they haven't picked a name. This was my favorite part because it shows just how much they procrastinate.
    I would recommend this book to anyone. I think anyone could easily enjoy this book a lot. This book would be great for people who just need something to read. It would even be good for people who like to read mystery stories, anything about music and giant worms. This book is great.
    I thought this book was very enjoyable and funny. In the future I will probably read it again. It was so good. My final opinion is that you should really get this book and read it because I guarantee you will like it as much as me!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 26, 2013

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    Recalled this one being a lot better than the first one. Somethi

    Recalled this one being a lot better than the first one. Something about a band I think. Been a while since I read them. Like the writing style for these books and well from the books I read so far by the author. Really good sequel.

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  • Posted June 24, 2010

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    Good Book

    This is the sequel to Peeps and it's a very good read. Even though Cal isn't the main character you still get to see some of him towards the end, which made me a lil happy :). This tells the story of a band, Moz the guitar player, Pearl the keyboard player/manager, Zahler the once guitar player now bass player, Minerva the lead singer, and Alana Ray the drummer who drums on paint buckets. Moz and Pearl meet one night when a crazy parasite positive woman is throwing all her stuff out of a window. Moz and Pearl notice her trying to throw a 1975 Strat guitar and together they both save it. Pearl quickly sees she can use him to make a band and together they add more members. Moz adds his best friend who he's been playing guitar with for six years, Zahler. Pearl adds her friend from childhood and former band mate Minerva who is parasite positve. Zahler finds Alana Ray and Moz pays her to play for them. Together they all make wonderful music and it isn't long til they are signed and Moz and Minerva get together. Long after making out with Minerva Moz becomes a parasite positve and learns of the real danger underground, a giant worm who has a taste for human flesh, the reason there are Peeps(parasite positves) to begin with. During their first gig a deadly worm sufaces, they learn all about what is happening in the world. They discover soon after that they can stop the worms with their music.

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  • Posted May 9, 2010

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    A good sequel, but has some short-comings.

    As this is the spin-off/sequel to one of my favorite books: Peeps, of course, I had to read it.
    The downside: Cal is not the main character, rather he's a side character and hardly has any screen time (like a few chapters).
    So the book pales a bit in comparison due to that, but it's still a good read. Especially if you wanted to know what happens after Peeps ended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2008

    Not as good

    Peeps was waay better and I missed Cal and his parasite stoires. This book was stiil good though and it was nice to see how the whole giant worm thing worked out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2008

    the last days book 2

    after reading the first book called Peeps we get 5 point of views in the sequel. don't worry cal and lacey are in this too but later on in the book. you have a group of very different people who form a band while dealing with the known disease that turns you into a peep. i think my fave characters would have to be zahler and alana ray. that was cool to name each chapter after a band name like new order, garbage and the cure. at times it did feel a little rush like the ending but it was still an alright read.

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