Title: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Publication Date: May 7th 2013
Genre: Sci-fi YA
Synopsis: 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.
Wow, two reviews in one week, this had got to be some sort of record this week. I was totally inspired to review this book after reading it because it is just that DAMN good.
What I liked: It is actually really difficult to pick out the specific things that I like in this book, because boy is this book freaking good. There’s so many things that are done well in this book. My favorite aspect is the idea. This fluctuates between what I would call dystopian and sci-fi using the best tropes of all without falling into the cliches of either. The pacing is perfect with enough action to keep it interesting, but not so much that the reader can’t gain their footing into the story. I’m not usually someone who enjoys multi-POV stories as they can create a lot of confusion for the reader; however, the way Yancey utilizes his multi-POV is incredibly effective as it culminates in the characters meeting towards the end of the book. The way this worked kept the reader in the know but the characters blind, eliminating confusion but keeping the story interesting. That’s really what I’ve got to say about this one, Yancey continuously keeps the story interesting.
What I didn’t like: This is definitely a more personal didn’t like, so take it with a grain of salt and remember I have not read the sequel to this yet, but I was not happy that the guy set up as the love interest does not seem to be the actual love interest. You can’t invest me in these ideas and then leave me hanging!
Overall, super strong, super intense, and just all around super read. Be sure to pick it up this holiday season. 4.5/5