The 5th Wave

The 5th Wave
Rick Yancey
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Date Published: May 27th, 2013
Pages: 480
Source: Purchased

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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.

DNF at 25%

My Review

So. I went into this book knowing it’s not my favorite type of read. I’m generally not a fan of aliens (Jennifer Armentrout’s Lux series being an exception) and I’m not a huge fan of science fiction either. But this one was recommended to me so many times over the last year that I’ve had it on my TBR pile for a while, and I honestly tried to go into it with an open mind.

Cassie is a 16 year old girl who’s survived the first four waves of the alien takeover of Earth. She had been with her family until a few weeks before, and now she’s on the run by herself, trying to stay hidden and alive. I thought I could get into this, I mean the premise is pretty cool, even if it’s been done in various forms plenty of times before. I think I could have gotten more into it if more focus had been on the aliens. In the first quarter of the book though, we just get some pretty bare bones descriptions of what’s been going on.

Cassie’s voice was also hard for to to get into. I don’t like to gender the way a character acts or talks as too feminine or masculine, but I couldn’t identify with her voice as a 16 year old girl. The things she said and the way she spoke were just really distracting. Ex. “I was like, Damn it old man, if you give me that g.d. condescending little pat one more time. . .“. I mean, I just never met anyone who talks or thinks that way, especially in the age range Cassie was supposed to be. The sentence structure was also pretty simplistic and it was a struggle to get through.

At a quarter of the way through the book, I was just bored. I wasn’t really interested in picking it back up, and I’ve decided that if I’m really not that into a book, I’m not going to waste time continuing it. I think this book could appeal to some people, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea.


About the Author

Rick Yancey
Rick is a native Floridian and a graduate of Roosevelt University in Chicago. He earned a B.A. in English which he put to use as a field officer for the Internal Revenue Service. Inspired and encouraged by his wife, he decided his degree might also be useful in writing books and in 2004 he began writing full-time.

Since then he has launched two critically acclaimed series: The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, for young readers, and The Highly Effective Detective, for adults. Both books are set in Knoxville, Tennessee, where Rick lived for ten years before returning to Florida.