The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1)

Finished on 27th February, 2015

Author: Rick Yancey


5 Stars

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The 1st Wave took out half a million people.

The 2nd Wave put that number to shame.

The 3rd Wave lasted a little longer. Twelve weeks . . . Four billion dead.

In the 4th Wave you can’t trust that people are still people.

And the 5th Wave? No one knows. But it’s coming.

On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs.
Runs from the beings that only look human, who have scattered Earth’s last survivors.

To stay alone is to stay alive, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be her only hope.

Now Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death.

To give up or to get up.

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The 5th Wave is a brilliant novel with a great plotline and interesting, engaging characters. Personally, I found it to be a great entrance into the sci-fi genre.

I found it really interesting that aside from your regular chapters, Yancey divided up the novel into 13 sections, varying in length, which represent a different point of view. Obviously some points of views are repeated, such as Cassie and “Zombie”‘s, but I find the idea to be quite ingenious. In the midst of the apocalypse, it is great to know what’s going on simultaneously at different locations. Sammy’s POV broke my heart, especially when “Nugget” was introduced to “Zombie”.

I loved Cassie from the get-go. She is not only the first dystopian heroine to actually actually stock up on tampons (that I have read), but she loves books and comes from a family of book lovers. Also, she is totally kick-ass while remaining completely human in her flaws and mistakes.

Ringer was also kick-ass awesome, and rather intelligent. Indeed, I believe it was her (or was it Zombie?) that figured out what the 5th Wave was. Zombie’s quest to make Ringer smile was absolutely adorable…

“Don’t you get it? The minute we decide that one person doesn’t matter anymore, they’ve won.”

Evan. I loved him, but initially I was incredibly skeptical of him – particularly after we see inside the head of the Silencer. He was seemingly too good to be true, and yet… He saved Cassie and I truly believe that he loves her and is willing to die for her. As for his biology… Who cares? It’s choices that form a person, not where they come from. Evan is a brilliant character and I loved him – especially how he dealt with situations.

“It’s hopeless. And it’s stupid. It’s suicidal. But love is a weapon they have no answer for. They know how you think, but they can’t know how you feel.”

“I’ll find you Cassie. Don’t I always find you?”

I want an Evan…

I hated Vosh with a passion – still do, really. When he appeared a second time with Camp Haven I was incredibly suspicious.  Everything seemed to fall into place but then he confused me with his talk of breaking points and started to convince me that he really was for humanity. Perhaps that was merely my wishful thinking coming into play. Either way, Vosh = Bad.

As a whole, The 5th Wave was action packed and, if done correctly, would look great on screen. Which apparently is happening – IMDB has the release date as 27th January 2016, which I’m super excited about. In particular, the rescue scene was brilliant, enthralling, can’t-take-my-eyes-off-the-pages-in-fear-I’ll-miss-something awesome. Everything just came together and it was amazing.

The end (by which I mean the last page or so) was dissatisfying. I ship Ben and Cassie too much in their respective relationships to be okay with it. I can’t wait to get my hands on The Infinite Sea – I need more Evan. More than that, I need more Evan and Cassie.

I highly recommend The 5th Wave to all those interested in a brilliant dystopian, sci-fi, apocalyptic, action packed, romantic novel. I now have a very strong urge to go out and buy The Infinite Sea immediately, despite already having an extensive pile of books to be read and hardly any time to read them.

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