Book Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey


Rick Yancey
The 5th Wave (book 1)
 Hardcover 480 Pages
 Published May 7th 2013 Putnam Juvenile 

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.





I started 5th Wave back in September, I just finished it today. Why, why did I just now finish this book?

The beginning was strong, it had me hooked, but about 50-60 pages, I started getting terribly bored. In my opinion the whole middle section of the book is insignificant and dull. I couldn’t tell you a single thing that happened, because honestly not much did and what did happen didn’t keep my attention. I read 3 books in between this one. I will say the ending saved this book for me. It was an AWESOME ending! Probably one of my favorite endings to date. The action, the suspicion, and the tension had my feelings all over the place.

The characters in this book really did nothing for me. Ringer and Evan are probably my favorite, but even Evan kinda came off as a total creeper at times. Ringer was awesome and I always had fun while reading scenes with her in it!
Zombie was boring and I kind of expected a bit more to come out of his relationship with Cassie since he was mentioned so much in the beginning, but when they did finally meet up I felt disappointed. I really can’t explain, I felt it was insignificant for him to be brought up so much in passing without anything happening when they did finally connect. If that makes sense.

Cassie was ANNOYING, annoying doesn’t even begin to explain how I felt about her. She was definitely not a badass. I figured someone who was going to survive 5 waves from these “Visitors”  or the “Others” (whichever you want to call them) was going to be a kickass heroine. This was not the case. Ringer was so much more of a bad ass.

Evan, he grew on me. When I did start liking him, he would turn into a creeper or do something that made me suspicious, but in the end he really was a likable character.

The plot for this book is great, the writing is awesome, The execution just wasn’t there for me. I am really hesitant to start Infinite Sea at this point, but I really do want to know what happens.

3 Stars


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