Author: Rick Yancey
Series: The 5th Wave #1
Published by: Putnam Juvenile
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
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.