The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Friday, July 12, 2013

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Pages: 457
Source: BEA 2013
Buy It: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository
The 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.--Goodreads
 We all thought we were safe and alone in this world until a UFO joins the Earth’s air space.  It becomes suddenly too crowded; that’s when the Others started the waves.  The first wave: everything electronic stops working.  The second: natural disasters plague the world.  The third wave: the ultimate sickness kills almost everyone.  The forth wave: there are snipers for those who are left.  If you’re still living, the fifth wave is coming.

I wouldn’t have read this book if it wasn’t for my brother.  I am not a science fiction kind of girl, I tend to stay away from genres with aliens and robots and things but The 5th Wave sounded so good that I went out and received a copy, even though my brother had already bought himself a copy.  Within pages, I was hooked.  The thing that got me was that Yancey writes the story in such a way that makes readers believe it could actually happen.  Let me just tell you, if aliens ever decided to attack, we would be so screwed.

The story is broken down into sections which are separated by different narrators.  It was confusing, at first, to change narrators because the sections are pretty lengthy, so you get used to one narrator for a while and then to have it switch on you is disorienting.  However, after a few sections, I got a handle on things.  Cassie is the best narrator, in my opinion because she has the most captivating story.  As much as I would have loved to get into Evan’s mind a little bit more, Cassie was a strong voice that captures the reader.

The ending is predictable.  I mean, how could it not have been?  You tell me right now how a book, about an alien apocalypse, would end if the aliens were already in the fourth wave of taking over the Earth?  It wasn’t looking good for us from page one.  However, the ending was adorable and even though the pending doom is going to happen when readers close the last page, the happy feeling of the plot connecting together stays with you.

Rick Yancey wrote a great story that every sci-fi reader should discover.  It captures reality and the story keeps readers on the edge of their seats the entire time.  The 5th Wave is definitely something everyone should read, even if you’re not into science fiction, like I am.  You’ll be missing out if you don’t read this awesome book.

“Aliens are stupid.”
-The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, p. 1

Rated PG-13 for violence, action sequences, blood and gore, and brief language.

Cover: 4
Characters: 5
Writing Style: 5
Plot: 5
Ending: 4

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  1. Sounds like a good idea to me. It's a shame you weren't keen on the predictable ending. I hate when it lets the book down.

  2. I'm so glad you decided to give this a try, even though you're not into sci-fi! I really enjoyed this, although I agree that it was all a bit predictable.