The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey

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16101128The Passage meets Ender’s Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey.

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.

 

I don’t believe in the end of the world or the zombie apocalypse. It’s all gibberish to me. And, no, I don’t really believe in aliens either. But there was something rather spooky reading about aliens invading the world and killing off 95% of the population. I guess it’s because life really could exist in outer space. We’re not going to die and turn in to zombies, but there could always be another life force out there wanting to eliminate all of us. It was a really spooky, yet addicting concept. Not only was the plot of The 5th Wave addicting, but the writing was fantastic. Every single time that I opened up the book, I was instantly glued to the pages, and I only came up for air once every few hours. I devoured this thing. It was absolute torture trying to tear myself away from it.

Some people are going to have some problems with The 5th Wave, because the synopsis leads you to believe that there is only one point of view. It’s really confusing at first, because it seems like there are like 6 or 7 points of view, but there are actually only four POVS. So, it’s a little confusing in the beginning. I spent a lot of time wondering who was who and how they tied into the book, but they do. You’re going to have a lot of questions during the first half of the book, but everything gets answered by the end of the book, and all the characters make sense by then.

What really made this book was that there were no unlikeable characters. Sure, there were the evil characters who you’re supposed to not like, but all of the main characters were super well done. I especially loved Cassie’s character. I found her so strong and brave. Cassie was definitely the type of female character that I love to read about. I loved reading about the two main guys, as well, though I had a slight problem reading about the 4th MC, Cassie’s five-year-old brother. I loved Sammy, but one of the parts of the book is in his POV, and it was a little awkward reading about a five-year-old POV. Other than that, I loved everyone.

The 5th Wave is not a romance book, but there is some romance in it. It’s not a dominate aspect of the book, because that’s not really what the book is about, but it does exist. Evan and Cassie have this sweet, hesitant, kinda weird quality to their relationship. They’re not a couple…it’s really hard to explain what they are, but I loved them. And I loved them more by the end of the book. Ben and Ringer are another relationship that sort of starts to bloom, but I’m expecting that we’re going to see a lot more of that couple in the second book. So, there is some romance, but in a way it’s almost nonexistent. It just depends on how you look at it while you’re reading the book.

This book was off the charts amazing. I loved it. It was fresh. It was catchy. It was all around brilliant, and major kudos to Rick Yancey for creating a read so wonderful, gritty and captivating. The 5th Wave is full of action, grief and loss, and love and loyalty that will burn you to the core. This book really details what family is all about, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the second one. I would recommend that everyone go and get this book as soon as it comes out.

 

Download a free preview and learn more about The 5th Wave here.

Pages: 480

Publication Date: May 7th, 2013

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Rating: [rating: 5]

 

Teaser Quote: “My head falls back against the rough bark of the tree. The bare branches overhead are hard-edged against the bright blue sky. I suck in a lungful of air, and it comes back out as a laugh. “Well, this is a tragic love story, isn’t it? Alien invader falls for human girl. The hunter for his prey.”

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