Published: May 7th 2013
Publisher: G.P Putnam’s Sons an imprint of Penguin Young Readers
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
The hype around this book is so well deserved I feel like I can’t accurately describe my love for it. Every good thing said about it was true. It was such a phenomenal story and it totally blew me away! I was excited, breathless, creeped out and totally riveted throughout the entire pulse pounding story.
The story opens with our leading lady, Cassie Sullivan, as she strives to keep a promise to her younger brother Sam. The beginning of the story consists of a lot of flashbacks and memories of before the Alien Arrival. As we follow Cassie throughout a desolate and barren land wasted by wave after wave of alien attempts to decimate the human population, we learn about the waves. The 1st Wave, Light’s Out. 2nd Wave, Surf’s Up. 3rd Wave, Pestilence. 4th Wave, Silencer. And the dawn of the 5th Wave is coming and Cassie doesn’t know what to expect.
I absolutely loved Cassie. She was snarky, sarcastic and sassy, despite the hell she has gone through. She was tough and never backed down. She hardened herself in order to survive and rescue her brother and although she had her moments of self pity and desperation, she buckled down.
After learning about Cassie, we get a new point of view, Ben Parrish, Cassie’s high school crush, as he conquers illness and becomes a soldier along with a bunch of other children. I really enjoyed reading Ben’s p.o.v because he had some really tough decisions to make throughout the book and he stayed strong despite it all. We also get splashes of Sammy and Evan Walker, the farmer with a lot of secrets who helps Cassie survive. The romantic in me loved the romance between Cassie and Evan in this book. It wasn’t in your face, and it was realistic in the sense that because Cassie hadn’t had any human interaction in so long, it was easy to see how she would have fallen in love with Evan. I fell in love with them super quickly.
Yancey’s world building was so well done that I felt like I was right there in that terrifying world with Cassie and Ben. I was scared and really creeped out at times. The realistic feel of this Alien infested world was so in depth it gave me chills.
The twist that is the 5th wave is sneaky and awesome and terrifying. It is a very spine tingling story because of the deception and lies and trust issues.
One thing I didn’t like was the time frame. It was confusing and difficult to figure out how much time had passed since the arrival and in between each wave. It could have been a little more straight forward in that sense. But other than that, this book was amazing on epic proportions. The writing was brilliant; it had action, extra-terrestrial terror, romance, humour and an uneasiness that kept me totally engulfed in the pages. Each character was fully developed and I became so invested in them in such a short period of time. That ending was suspenseful and has left me absolutely salivating for the second book for so many reasons! The 5th Wave was one of my most eagerly anticipated books of 2013 and it did not let me down at all.
5 out of 5 stars to Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave