Something is wrong in New York City. The garbage is beginning to pile up, the rats are coming out to play, and people are doing weird things like throwing their prized possessions out of their apartment window. And then there are the “angels” who can climb walls and take those people away.
None of this really bothers Moz though. He just wants to play music, and when he meets Pearl, a musical genius, things for his originally two-man guitar band begin taking off.
The Last Days is a sequel to Peeps, but it’s a strange mix of sequel and companion novel. Timeline wise, it is a book that takes place almost right after Peeps ends, but character wise they might as well not be related. Cal and Lace hardly appear (though you know exactly when Lace arrives thanks to her consistent use of “dude”), and I wouldn’t even call them secondary characters. More like background characters.
The theme of this book was music. All of the chapter titles are names of bands and the plot revolves around the formation of Moz’s band. I am not a music person, so descriptions of performances and practices and riffs don’t do it for me, but if you are a music person I’m sure you’ll connect.
There’s also a love…shape. It’s more of a conga line really: he1 likes her1 who likes him2 who likes her2 who is best friends with her1 but likes him2… then throw in the horny virus again and you’ve got a big mess with Alana Ray, the best character of the bunch, probably wishing she was back at her school for children with special needs.
There are some nice tidbits in this book, but unless you’re a Westerfeld fan who wants more of his writing you might want to pass on this one.
recommended to Westerfeld fans and/or music fans
not recommended to those looking for more Cal and Lace