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A mysterious epidemic holds the city in its thrall and the chaos is contagious?black oil spews from fire hydrants, rats have taken over brooklyn, and every day, more people disappear. but all that matters to pearl, Moz, and Zahler is their new band. they ignore the madness around them and join forces with a vampire lead singer and a drummer whose fractured mind can glimpse ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published August 2nd 2007 by Razorbill (first published September 7th 2006)
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Emma (Miss Print)
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 ...more
Angela
****There may be some slight spoilers in this review which pertain to the novel Peeps. Please do not read this review if you haven't read Peeps.****

The Last Days was a great sequel to Peeps. Full of quirky new charters and more mysteries to unfold, The Last Days picks up where Peeps left us, in a world slowly being taken over by the plague, garbage, cats, rats, and crazy HUGE arse worms. Westerfeld introduces us to Pearl, a music genius who just so happens to be a busy body, Moz, an aimless guit
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Sella Malin
Feb 28, 2009 Sella Malin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: whoever read Peeps
I have mixed feelings about this book. I both loved it and hated it. On one hand, I thought it was an amazing sequel to Peeps. Scott Westerfeld is a great writer, with a very hypnotizing and mesmerizing writing style. His characters are real and well-developed, and I loved many of them. Scott knows how to grab my attention and keep me there. I really enjoyed the whole band thing- Westerfeld managed to capture the power of music down on paper in a way that no one has been able to do before. The b ...more
Erin
Moz and buddy Zahler are struggling musicians in New York City, waiting for their big break. In the meantime, however, Moz witnesses a woman in a nearby apartment throwing all of her belongings out of her window. Amazed by these events, he barely manages to catch a 1975 Fender Stratocaster as it comes tumbling down toward the sidewalk. The girl who helps him, Pearl, turns out to be a musical genius, and offers the boys the opportunity of forming a band. How can they pass that up?

Pearl knows the
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Booknut
Scott Westerfeld's writing is a gift to the senses.

Unlike some books, where you're tempted to skip the large chunks of description between the relevant pieces of dialogue, The Last Days' descriptions are...lavish. There are just no other words to describe it! The descriptions transport you right into Scott Westerfeld's kooky, paranormal world, overwhelming your senses and making you feel as if you were standing right alongside his characters :)
Gerri Leen
I live in awe of this man's ability to world-build. In this series, in the Uglies collection, and in the Midnighters trilogy, he has created unique and fun worlds that are derivative of pretty much nobody (not an easy trick once, let alone three times). Uglies takes the world-building to the most extreme angle, with its own language and an Earth society definitely very far away from our own, but he can do it with things closer to home, too. The Last Days is a sequel to Peeps, one of the most uni ...more
Rebecca
It took me a really long time to get around to reading The Last Days, which is funny because Peeps is one of my favourite books and this one is kind of a sequel to Peeps. Needless to say, while I loved Peeps, I didn’t think The Last Days was one of my favourite books.
I liked The Last Days, it had some really interesting parts. At the same time, it just didn’t feel as awesome as Peeps did. I really liked the parts where you learnt a little bit more about the disease, or those who are parasite pos
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Carie
Not as good as Peeps, but an interesting, entertaining sequel. The story kept me reading, but I had some issues with one person and the direction the plot went for some of the characters. I didn’t care AT ALL for the character of Minerva, although I really enjoyed everybody else. I liked Moz best, but didn’t like the evolution of things with his character. But, the ending was satisfying, the music/band stuff was fascinating, and the book held my interest.

**SPOILERS**: I was not AT ALL happy with
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Arthur
I read this very slowly, I enjoyed it even although I haven’t read Peeps. The whole story was inspirations of young musician’s gathering up a band and the lead vocalist really just getting over some mysterious sickness of her own. This sickness though I thought caused by her boyfriend relationship with Mark prior breaking up the band Nervous System and had complete mystery to me. I found the new lives of Minerva worth thinking about, which involved her becoming close to Moz. While the city seems ...more
Steph Su
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. There’s Pearl: musically talented, smart, rich, an entrepreneur, and a little bossy on the keyboard. There’s Moz, the talented but untrained gu
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Crowinator
Posted to my Livejournal in April 2008, saved here for posterity:

I liked this one less than Peeps, but perhaps that's to be expected in a sequel to a book I hardly found any fault in. Peeps was a great mix of smart humor and B-movie brilliance -- not only did Westerfeld totally rework the vampire myth, he used it to spin out a larger, crazier story about underground worm-like monsters soon to rise from the depths to devour mankind. Who would have thought vampires would save us all, right? The La
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Afira
Ooh.. I always did wonder how the Night Watch would eliminate all those worms and wipe the parasite outta all those people.. Guess this books answers it. It was totally fawesome *Zahler's odd word*. Basically, this book is about how five teenagers make one song that manages to save the world. Funky huh?

What displeased me about this book was the fact that Moz didn't end up with who I wanted him to. He ended up with Girl A, not Girl B *frowns* Sure, there was that little sort of friendship-y mome
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Jessie
Whether this was a sequel to Peeps or not, this book was a big disappointment compared to Peeps. I loved Peeps so I was hoping for more of the same from the author--unfortunatley, not so. This book was strange to say the least. Everything in it was over the top from the characters names to the description from the musicians POVs to the setting. It just sort of lost me. It switches POV so frequently that it is hard to follow the storyline let alone care about the characters that make up the story ...more
Jackie "the Librarian"
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Rachel
Not as good as Peeps, less...visceral. But then I've always been better at relating to science geeks than to music people, although I've had a fair amount of experience with music...

However. Must nitpick. Alana Ray keeps using factorial notation (n!) as referring to (n) + (n-1) + (n-2) + ... + 1. Factorial is (n)(n-1)(n-2)... There's no name or notation for the addition sequence. The factorial notation - rather, phrasing the number relationship as an equation - emphasizes her ability with number
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Denise
This sequel to Peeps is fairly well-written, but it lacks the pacing and development of the first novel. I don't find the characters as likable, nor the story as compelling. Some plot points just seem weird to me, and far-fetched even for a novel about parasites that turn people into vampires. Still, it's enjoyable enough, an easy read overall. I highly recommend reading Peeps first, because the author seems to assume the reader knows the backstory from the first book. I would have found The Las ...more
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
I think with fewer narrators (there were 5), I would have given this one more points. I really like the whole idea behind "vampires" in this book (they are caused by parasites). I liked the characters pretty well, but with so many different POVs, it was hard to get attached to any of them. And for me to really enjoy a book, I need to get attached to at least one of the characters. The action was all right, but there would likely have been more, again, with fewer narrators. Interesting, and still ...more
Heather G Gentle
Probably would give more like 2.5. It was "ok" but I spent the first 1/2 of the book wondering what this one had to do with the book it was allegedly a sequel to. About 3/4 of the way through you finally come across some characters from the previous book and then after chapters and chapters of "building" it's over in a few pages.
The story was "ok", the characters were "ok", the ending was "ok".
I just think this had a lot more potential than it actually delivered.
And if I ever have to hear the
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Aelvana
It's a sequel to Peeps, but there's little enough in common between the two, so it can stand perfectly well on its own. New York is sinking into filth and despair, but the group of main characters mostly ignore what's going on around them. They have one goal: to build their band. It was fate that Moz and Pearl met up as they rescued an antique guitar that was thrown out a window, and talent that kept them together. Their nameless band keeps growing, engulfing their friends and their own lives. M ...more
Carrie Slager
Meh. I don’t know what I was really expecting, but I guess I hoped that The Last Days would follow the end of the world more closely. With all the suspense built up at the end of Peeps, I wanted to learn more about the coming worm apocalypse by seeing it through the eyes of someone in the Night Watch on the front lines. However, the group of people we follow in The Last Days knows nothing of peeps or the apocalypse happening around them until the very end, so it was kind of disappointing. This i ...more
Margaret
This is a sequel to Peeps, but I didn't like it as much. I do generally like band books, so that wasn't it; I think it might have been the multiple POVs, which made it feel a little unfocused to me. And the characters I liked the most -- Alana Ray, Zahler -- got the least POV time. It just all felt a little sketchy, I guess: fun to read, but doesn't stick in my mind the way Peeps did.
Wealhtheow
The sequel to one of my favorite vampire novels, Peeps. All new characters, though Cal and co. make appearances in the background, and all high school aged. It's a great tale, but by the end, when the apocalyptic battles have finally come, it's all related after the fact, rather than shown. It's effective, but annoying.
Roy
Had lots of fun with this book. It is Westerfeld's sequel to Peeps and it is well written YA fantasy/horror. All about Rock Bands and the end of the world and how the first saves the latter. A rock band with a vampire like disease infected lead singer, a great pair of young guitarists who are the foundation of the group, an intense girl keyboard player who holds the group together and a somewhat autistic superb drummer form playing music that is paranormal. They eventually intersect the characte ...more
Jay
This isn't REALLY a sequel to Peeps but there are cameos and the story lines match. I hadn't read Peeps before I read this one, and I didn't need to.

It's a story set in New York as the world is ending, although no one really knows it's ending. The main character is desperate to start a band and that's the central story! It's awesome! I think it'd make a great film, kind of like 'Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist' meets .... well, the end of the world! There's a great feel for the city and the d
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Jenny
i liked it. many people don't, but i thought it was interesting. not quite as suspenseful as peeps, but still nice.
Guinevere
Before I started this book (having read Peeps already), the little blurb about the band "finding its own sound" almost made me put it away. But there is more to it than that, and as a musician myself, I didn't find the author's handling of the musical aspects to be irritating, naïve, or just off the mark as they so often are.

So, with that obstacle surmounted, beyond that, what a cool book! I love that it is something fresh, on some old themes, to be sure, but its own mix of ideas. I actually ho
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Erin
Preface: you MUST read Peeps before starting The Last Days. While this book doesn't have the same characters, Peeps sets up a world that would be difficult to jump into without a proper knowledge of the background.

Now that that's out of the way, I'll continue...

I picked up The Last Days after finishing Peeps , and found that it was enjoyable, even though it had a very different tone. This was much more about the music and the relationship between the band members; the vampire strain was
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K
An infected New York City is back as the setting, but this book has a new perspective on the peep epidemic. The shift from the Night Watch to the new cast of characters is actually helpful. We’ve read all of Cal’s biological explanations but, really, peeps are an ancient and freaky paranormal part of history. Now the city’s getting freakier. This time around it’s more human gristle on the walls and less Garth Brooks anathema.

The book expands on the New World of the peeps and manages to be fresh
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Emily
(Reluctant Readers, fiction)

This is a sequel to Peeps, something I was not aware of until half-way through the book. Reading Peeps first would definitely have helped me understand a few situations, but ultimately this book can stand on its own. A plague has descended on New York City, and a rag tag musical group may be its only hope. Each member faces their own struggles as they come together as a band and try to save the world.

Teens who love music would love this book. Each chapter title is the
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Jaylen Johnson
This book was a good book. In the book a band forms. The two people who formed the band, Pearl and Moz, were trying to catch an expensive guitar when they met. A lady was throwing it out the window. There is an interesting plague going around. People get very sick and then they start throwing their stuff away. They start hating their friends and family. They can't get out in the sun for a while. When they go out they have to wear sunglasses. You can tell that they've had their plague in their ey ...more
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Scott Westerfeld is a New York Times bestselling author of YA. He was born in the Texas and now lives in Sydney and New York City. In 2001, Westerfeld married fellow author Justine Larbalestier.

He is best know for the Uglies and Leviathan series, and his next book, Afterworlds, comes out September 23, 2014.

His book Evolution's Darling was a New York Times Notable Book, and won a Special Citation f
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“Ring around the rosie.
A pocket full of posie.
Ashes ashes, we all fall down.
Some people say that this poem is about the Black Death, the fourteenth-century plague that killed 100-million people...
Sadly, though, most experts think this is nonsense...
How can I be so sure about this rhyme when all the experts disagree?
Because I ate the kid who made it up.”
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