Book Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
February 19, 2014 9 Comments
The publisher says: “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: What I thought
It seems there is more! I mean: it’s the first book in a series. I didn’t realise that while I was reading, but I think it’s good news. Or at least, it’s news. Really, it can only get worse, and going by the Goodreads description, it will get worse. That is, the situation gets even more desperate for the main characters. But what I really mean is, when the first book is so good, how good could the second possibly be? I loved, loved The Passage, but didn’t even finish its sequel, The Twelve. So, we’ll see.
First things first: yes, I loved this book. It starts really strong. You know when you have this foreboding feeling in your stomach? I had that in this book. Not the whole way through, but especially at the beginning. There is this girl, Cassie, living all on her own in the woods. There are alien drones that may spot her. There are aliens in person who may find her. Any moment may be her last.
Now, this was really silly: there’s this 400+ page book in my hands and I worry about the life of a main character in the beginning chapters? Well, I did. And worse, because I had no idea what really was going on, I adopted the strategy, Trust No One. And I did. It was terrible! How can you live if you can’t trust anyone? Well, at first Cassie doesn’t actually meet many people, but at some point she does come across others. It was scary! 🙂
The story is actually told from more than one perspective. For instance, we also get a look inside a camp where young people are trained in a military fashion. Again, I didn’t trust the camp leaders and their explanation of what they were being trained for.
Anyway, I love the story. On the other hand, I almost totally agree with Roof Beam Reader, who had quite a few remarks on the book. He’s right. And still… I loved it.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (very good)
Number of pages: 480
First published: 2013
I got this: from the library
Genre: dystopia, SF, YA