The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Date Read: September 2014
Genre: Dystopian, YA
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.
Publisher: Penguin Group
JUST A NOTE: These are books that I have Snagged @ The Library . Some of the reviews will be long and others will just be quick thoughts on the story.
Read for Fun (Library)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 3.75
First Thought when Finished: I really enjoyed The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey far more than I expected!
Story Thoughts: Confession: I like Alien Invasion stories. Granted they all have the same basic “V” storyline (though that is why I love them) but they each add a twist and if it is good then I am hooked. The 5th Wave had a great twist on the genre (no spoilers so let’s just say: well played clever aliens). It is obvious but the way they went about it made for an engrossing read. I am just going to say it: mark of a good book is one this large that I finish in just over 2 days. The story flowed nicely and I’m hoping my library gets to my place in line for the 2nd book quickly.
Character Thoughts: I thought that Cassie was a great lead overall. She was smart, savvy, and no-nonsense. The thrown in love triangle (I guess for the sake of it being YA) though kind of took away from my love of the characters overall(as it is often to do). Not every teenage girl on the planet (especially one mostly wiped out by aliens) is going to have time for two boys. While it wasn’t huge in this book, I could tell by the way (not giving spoilers again) Boy 1 was built up in the beginning and Boy 2 in the middle that eventually it would be a problem. I am really hoping that it goes away in book 2 because individually these were great characters. However, I am not holding my breath.
Final Thoughts: Ready for book 2!