Thursday, November 5, 2015

Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)Title: The 5th Wave
Author:  Rick Yancey
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publishing Date:  May 7th 2013
Pages: 457
Genre: YA Apocalyptic/ Sci-Fi Thriller 
Series:  The 5th Wave 
Source:  Audio
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.
This book took me forever to get to. Its been on my list since before it's release date and I finally got around to reading it. OH MY GOODNESS!!! Why did I take so dang long to read this book. I loved this book. I listened to it on audio and the narrator was awesone, the writing was awesome, the characters and the story was awesome. This book was creepy, disturbing, dark, and viscous. I really didn't expect all that. But it was and I loved it.

Its a world where aliens exist, the world has gone to crap. Aliens are not nice and they want to make the humans extinct. There were 4 waves and now the 5th is about to start. Cassie is trying to survive while be hunted, feeling she is the last one left she pushes forward to survive... she has to, she has to find her brother.

This book was holy cow good. I am not sure why I waited so long to read this book. I kept putting it off for no reason whatsoever except the book sounded interesting enough but nothing totally grabbed me. Well I was so wrong, it is so much more than interesting. 

Cassie is a wonderful character I just adored her. She had fight she had survival she had snark and she had attitude. I think she was pretty messed up so always making the right choice didn't come easy. But she was alone and she lost everything, so making the wrong decisions. Forgivable. 

Cassie is just lost her father and her brother. Her brother got on a bus and the men who took him are very very questionable and now Cassie needs to get him back. So this is the story of Cassie, surviving and rescuing her brother.

The book is really told from 3 point of views. Cassies, and two guys. The two guys aren't really named for a while so I am not going to tell you their names but they were some really kick butt characters. 

The two guys are quite different.... but they both bring so much to the story. Both very strong and both have many layers. Even though at first it doesn't quite seem like it.  Its hard to talk about them without spoiling anything... and there might be someone out there who has yet to read the book and should. These male characters rock though. They are both very surprising and just make you want to love them even with their faults. (which aren't small) 

There is a teeny bit of romance. Honestly it wasn't bad and it was important to the story but it was very light. It was hinted at, stepped around, maybe come to a closure at the end but was nothing that was in your face... but important to the story. This is not a love story though and it is not the focal point by any means. Which I liked. Sometimes I just need a break from it. 

This is a story about survival, smarting the enemy, and fighting back. It about good and evil, right and wrong, its about humanity.... when do you decide to leave it behind. The story is written well and it had a lot of dark. It had a lot of fingernail biting, it had a lot of anger and tears. 

 I loved it....I cheated and read the second before I even did my review. I am dying for the third!!!




Rick YanceyAKA Richard Yancey
Rick is a native Floridian and a graduate of Roosevelt University in Chicago. He earned a B.A. in English which he put to use as a field officer for the Internal Revenue Service. Inspired and encouraged by his wife, he decided his degree might also be useful in writing books and in 2004 he began writing full-time.
Since then he has launched two critically acclaimed series: The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, for young readers, and The Highly Effective Detective, for adults. Both books are set in Knoxville, Tennessee, where Rick lived for ten years before returning to Florida.



  1. Maybe I should try the audio -- I read the book a while back and felt kind of "eh" about it but I know a lot of people have loved it.
    Jen @ YA Romantics

  2. I really enjoyed the whole concept of this book. and I really like Zombie (is mentioning him so much of a spoiler?)! anyway, as for the other guy, not much of a fan. I honestly did not like the romance so much. I really can't wait for the third book as well!! and for the movie!

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project

  3. I liked the book a lot but I didn't love it. The ending just kind of had me rolling my eyes because of how often that happens in young adult books. I still liked it though and I probably will read the second book. Is there a love triangle? I also am looking forward to the movie!

    1. absolutely no love triangle. not even close to hinting to one. The second I enjoyed much more. I still need to post my review for that one.


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