The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Posted September 4, 2014 | 36 Comments

The 5th Wave by Rick YanceyThe 5th Wave
Author: Rick Yancey
Series: The 5th Wave #1
Published by: Putnam Juvenile
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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.

Last year everyone went gaga over The 5th Wave. I procrastinated when it came to reading it, because I just wasn’t in the mood. But I finally did it, and now I understand why so many people love it. I’m not necessarily over the moon for it, but it is definitely a great book. I will say that the first 30% of the book was my favorite, partly because I figured out what was going on. My feelings waned a little after that, but I still enjoyed it a lot.

The 5th Wave is somewhat dark, which I love. Aliens have invaded earth, and they did not come in peace. They managed to wipe out billions of people and no one had even laid eyes on them yet. Bastards! The aliens aren’t little green men though, they’re … well, you’ll just have to find out. It’s actually pretty cool though. Different.

There are three main POVs with a couple of short ones interjected throughout, and the author pulled them off wonderfully. It really gives you a feel of what’s going on with the different characters, and their various experiences with the aliens. And then the author pulls it all together nicely.

The characters are well-developed and interesting. Cass can be such a smartass sometimes, so of course I loved her. She’s strong and determined, and manages to be badass without being over the top. I admit, though, it wasn’t love from the start for me with Evan, but he definitely grew on me. As for the other guy I won’t name, it was about the same with him too.

When Cass’s little brother gets separated from her, she is determined to get him back. The journey is dangerous and intense at times, but there’s a lot more to the story than just a girl after her brother. After all, those pesky aliens intend to finish what they started.

Overall, The 5th Wave is an exciting addition to the YA genre. I’m glad I waited to read it, because now I don’t have to wait long for the next book, The Infinite Sea.


36 responses to “The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

  1. I’m so glad you liked it. It was a great book and yes, I can’t wait to read the next book too. I was also hesistant on reading this series because Alien invasion is not my cup of tea but I’m glad I did. The changing of POV is one thing I liked. We get to see more side of the story. I want to know more about Evan and his race though. Is he ancient? How do they look like without human bodies?

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    • Christy

      I’ll probably still wait a little longer to read it, because I then I’ll just have to wait for the third book. 😀

  2. “Last year everyone went gaga over The 5th Wave. I procrastinated when it came to reading it, because I just wasn’t in the mood.”

    SAME!!!! I do want to give this one a try though, and now seems like a perfect time since book two is almost out. I think I’ll be a big fan of Cass, like you, I have a soft spot for people who can be smartasses at times because I can definitely be one myself:) Looking forward to your thoughts on The Infinite Sea Christy!

  3. I LOVED it, I mean, aliens. I haven’t come across that many in YA (not like these anyway), bad aliens! Especially since lately, aliens in YA are hot with powers etc, BAD ALIENS AGAIN! Whoo. Though, what I loved most about it was the back-and-forth are they really good, are they really bad? What the fucks going on? Haha, didn’t know who or what to trust at all, kept me guessing that’s for sure. I’ve been waiting over a year for The Infinite Sea, so FINALLY this month!

    • Christy

      Heh. It’s almost here! I think I’m still going to wait longer to read it so I don’t have to wait so long for the 3rd book. 😀

  4. Ah yes I remember when everyone was reading this one. My co-blogger reviewed it as well but I confess I don’t remember what her feeling was… too long. But I’m glad you had a good time and you’re right it’s always the best when you don’t have to wait for the sequel.

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    • Christy

      Does it sound pretentious if I say that I knew at 30%? That’s part of why my interest fell some. I knew when they went to the camp and took her brother, but made the 100% sure note in my kindle when we first meet ‘zombie’ in the hospital after the ‘attack’ on the base.

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  5. I’ve been seeing this in IG and though I’m not a big sci-fi reader, I can’t get into aliens, I do love watching them onscreen. I will be skipping the book but I sure will watch the movie instead. I hope the adaptation does this justice

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  6. Well you definitely had a better experience with it than I ever did! Haha. I remember buying the hype this had last year, becoming all so excited, only to be let down so bad resulting to my ranting on a video review haha. But I’m glad you liked it! The first thirty percent was the one I liked the most too, the rest, I couldn’t care less ^^;; Still looking forward to The Infinite Sea, definitely.

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