apocalyptic · dystopian · sci-fi

The 5th Wave

Author: Rick Yancey
Date finished reading: February 11, 2014


Actual rating is 3.5

Thoughts swarming in my head before I read the book: What? Aliens attacking the earth? Ugghh not my type of genre! People say it’s really good so you better try it for yourself. *checks reviews* Okay, okay, I’ll give it a go!

The 5th Wave is a futuristic YA novel depicting an alien invasion where there were different stages of attack – each worse than the last. Cassie, the lead character in the story decided she would put up a fight even if the whole situation seems hopeless. After all, she promised her little brother that everything would be fine. Along the way, she met people who have the same drive to defeat the enemy. Is all hope really lost? Or earth and its humanity still stand a chance at the far-advanced enemy?

I haven’t read a lot of books that cater to alien invasions so I actually liked the plot of the book. I liked Cassie at beginning but that slowly deteriorated when she became sort of desperate and unbearable at the end. I liked the author’s technique of switching between the narratives of Ben and Cassie although it is still unclear how their characters would work together as the story progresses. Human nature was truly portrayed in the story – survival brings out the worst if we let it or the best if we choose it.

There was some romance in the book (Cassie and Evan) but I couldn’t buy it because I feel that it is super common. A guy just out-of-the-blue falling in love with this girl? Ohhhh stop. That’s just what it usually is that makes it so unrealistic. What did she do to make you fall Evan? Nothing? Uggghhh. Right.

The character I’m rooting for is Ringer. I hope to see more from her in the coming books! The ending of this book seemed hopeful so I’m guessing they stand a chance after all. 🙂

“How do you rid the Earth of humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.”

My Rating: ★★★(3.5)


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