Book Review: The 5th Wave

Book Review: The 5th WaveThe 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Series: The 5th Wave #1
Published by Penguin on May 7th 2013
Pages: 480
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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 5th Wave is a story of survival, as Cassie is separated from her little brother and must rely on a stranger to help save him, all while running from Them. The invasion has had 4 waves so far, each cutting the population of Earth down each time. Cassie knows there must be another wave coming, but what will it be this time? Is there anything worse than pestilence, natural disasters and the Silencers?

The 5th Wave is not only from Cassie’s point of view, but is also split with a boy named Zombie, who is being trained. But there’s more going on than he thinks. When his team is given a 7 year old to train, he finds there is more going on than he thought. Cassie and Zombie are interconnected in several different ways, which only come together towards the end of this first book.

I listened to The 5th Wave as an audiobook and boy am I glad I did. The narration for this book was amazing and drove me to listen to this story every chance I could get. It has everything you could need in an alien invasion, besides the actual aliens. Or rather, you never see an actual alien, you barely catch sight of a Silencer, which seems more machine than alien.

Cassie is a great character, doing everything she can to survive and find her way back to her brother. I love her resilience and the way she fights to keep going. Part of her asset is luck and a relationship with a boy she finds along her journey. I like that although there is attraction at first, she is weary and unsure of who he really is. There are definitely some red flags as they get to know each other.

Zombie is also a survivalist and smart, I love his nickname and the connection he has to Cassie. He’s the boy she had a crush on in high school. This comes to play later in a somewhat humorous way. There were so many great moments in this book, I loved the way this book was written, it really pulled me in and kept me reading until the very last page. Now I just have to wait until September to read the sequel. Dangit!

I would highly recommend this for fans of any apocalyptic/dystopian/survival genres. It’s more in that vein than the alien genre and I think readers will really love this book if they pick it up.

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5 responses to “Book Review: The 5th Wave

  1. Great review! I’ve heard some really great things about this book so I’m happy you liked it! I can’t wait to read it. I am bummed I don’t have the audio version though. It sounds like a great audiobook!!

  2. Lisa

    I really enjoyed this one, like you and unlike my best friend. This was the first book I’ve read that had aliens in it! And I LOVE it! I’m excited to see what the next book had in store, and I’m debating if I should pick up some more of Yancey’s books!


  3. Besides the actual aliens is so spot on! I didn’t love this one …just thought it was ok. For some reason I didn’t dig the romance aspect at all and how there was that convenient snuggle scene at the end. I also listened to the audio. It was a pretty good job indeed.

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