I love myself a good sci-fi and alien book, so i was super excited to pick this on up. I love the world Rick Yancey creates in The 5th Wave and i look forward to reading the next books in this series.
Title: The 5th Wave
Author: Rick Yancey
Date published: June 28th 1999
Page Count: 386
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 is not just a typical ‘alien invasion YA dystopian’ book, but a story about family, survival and what it means to be human. Yancey creates quite a terrifying scenario, where humans are slowly getting wiped out through a sequence of ‘Waves’-EMP blast, earthquakes and tsunami’s, plague and the fourth wave where it was revealed that the aliens have taken over peoples bodies and could be anyone.
The plot is solid with a really interesting concept and two story lines that slowly begin to intersect and meld together. There was enough detail placed in the setting and ‘setting up’ (apologies for the pun) the world that all of these events are occurring in that as a reader i could understand the context and have an image of what is happening in my head, but still left me with questions. Every chapter slowly built up to the point where the two stories unite, the conspiracy and plot twists were revealed, and ended in an epic battle. Many things were left unanswered and the fate of characters a bit up in the air, but enough was ‘closed’ and explained to leave me satisfied but still excited to read the next book.
Cassie and Zombie/Ben were interesting characters. The biggest thing i loved about these two was how they both adapted to the new world they are living in. Their different ways they viewed the others, and the different paths they took to end up where they are at the end of the book. They have very distinct differences, but are also very similar in many regards-with their sense of loyalty, desire to hold on to some part of their humanity, and drive for survival. I had to laugh when who Zombie actually was when it was revealed, and again when Sammy (Cassie’s brother) came into the picture. There were many little bits of humour and light hearted moments scattered through this book which off set nicely with the overwhelming sense of foreboding and apocalyptic setting.
The 5th Wave is not just an alien invasion story, and different one then most of the other ones i have read. It slowly builds up to some big reveals and plot twists, as well as an epic battle seen where everything falls into place. It left so many things unanswered and i am excited to read the next book. I also recently watched the movie and while it was entertaining, it was like most book to movie adaptations and missed out on some of the major plot points that i was so excited to watch.