The 5th Wave

In YA Book Reviews on September 1, 2013 at 8:27 pm


by Rick Yancey

Science Fiction/@2013/457 pages/ First in a Trilogy

Publisher’s Blurb (from 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.

My Thoughts: 

This is straight up alien invasion science fiction, not my favorite genre by any stretch of the imagination. I gave in to the hype and good reviews surrounding the book, but I still wasn’t expecting to like it. Yet…I did. I liked the way Yancy organized his book. It is divided into sections (with very dramatic two page spreads, I might add) that are told, alternately, from the perspective of three different characters. I liked those characters (Cassie, Zombie, and Ben), their sense of humor, and how they evolved over the course of the book. I liked Ringer and Sammy and what they added to the story.  And it was a good story, with lots of action and twists and turns that kept my attention. I liked how it all came together at the end (though, not all together because this is, after all, only the first of three books). I do admit I was somewhat taken aback by what turned out to be the 5th wave, but there were plenty of other parts that wowed me. Be aware that this is an intense plot with violence and kids with guns, so this book is definitely not for the younger more sensitive young adult reader.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars


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