Review | The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey


The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave #1

457 pages
Published: May 7, 2013 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction


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 5th Wave was never high up in my TBR list. I’m not really into the alien thing. Books with aliens are hit or miss for me. I’ve had the book with me for years now and I wanted to check it off but never found the need to read it. It wasn’t until the movie was in Starz. I decided to watch it. I’ve watched book adaptations before as an indicator if I should read a book or not. While the movie didn’t blow my mind with awesomeness, I really enjoyed it and knew that the book should be better. I picked up and started reading right after the credits rolled. If you didn’t like the movie, you will really like the book. They are so different but in a good way.

I enjoyed the characters and I love that it switches between them. It helps you get a glimpse of each character and help you fall for them. I like that the POVs weren’t all the same. You can tell who was “talking” in each chapter. While I did enjoy them, I didn’t overly love them – as I usually am when it comes of Sci-Fi characters. Along with that, I felt like the story was just that … a story. I didn’t feel as sucked into the world as I wanted to (hence the one star deficit). But I really did enjoy it. I’m not racing to get the second book and again that’s mostly because I don’t really read books with aliens – that’s just a personal choice.

What I really like about the book and what made it feel unique was the waves. The aliens really planned out their invasion. Maybe my alien-virginity is showing but I like how it was like step by step way to eliminate the population. I mostly really liked the plot twists. They were fantastic and really pushed the plot forward. There’s a twist with Evan but the twist with the alien invasion and their plans were so, so good. It surprised me. I think that the second half was better than the first and I am looking forward to what the second and third book have in store for me.


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