Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey


Category: Teen

Published: 2013

Read: 2016

Score: 4.5/5

Synopsis: (Goodreads) After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.
Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother–or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

Review: What a book! It was one of those books I couldn’t put down and was loosing sleep over. I am hoping the movie is just as good but let’s face it….that never happens.

One of the things I like about this is the concept. We have so many books, movies…internet stories of aliens and I find this one a different take on them. You don’t know what they want, which gives a bit of fear, these things keep happening that you have no idea why and have no control over. It just keeps coming in waves which is different. first-looks-at-the-5th-wave-trailer-and-movie-poster-image-edited-by-me-602755

You also get the point of view of four characters at different points of the book. Cassie is the biggest character of the whole thing and there is a lot of focus on her. I liked how it showed her when she was strong and also struggling with what had happened to her. Than you meet Ben Parish, which let’s face it Zombie is a much cooler name, who is also a big part of it but from the military point of view. Than there is Sam (a.k.a. nugget) and you get the point of view from someone so young and innocent. Then there is one more but it’s only for a paragraph but it’s still important insight.

You get a lot of the beginning in flash backs. It tells you what happened in the beginning, and what I also like is the fact most people act like it’s nothing when the alien shows up but it’s debated all over the internet and television. I honestly feel like this is what would happen in real life. 11223932._SY540_

My only thing I didn’t like it was some of the lovely dovey parts. Don’t worry there were not a lot of them. I felt they were unnecessary but I can see where Rick is going with this as it will surly continue in to the 2nd and 3rd books.

It was fast paced and some moments were really hard to read, or I should clarify anything with Sam was really hard for me to read, but read it I did.

This book I think is good for all teens and adults. There is some swearing and a bit of love but overall it’s not too bad. Some young teens might find it a bit harsh but if they are strong readers they can do it.

I can’t wait to read the 2nd and 3rd books as I liked the writing style and overall story.



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