Title: The 5th Wave
Author: Rick Yancey
Overall Rating: 3.5 flames
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 this book not knowing much about it – I barely even read the synopsis first. I knew a movie was being made (and I love Chloe Grace Moretz) and a friend of mine was going to read it so we decided to read it at the same time.
I thought the idea of an alien invasion was refreshing and not an area that’s overdone in YA *pointedly ignores Stephenie Meyer’s attempt with The Host* I really liked the main character, Cassie. She is strong and independent even though the world is literally crashing down around her and I was rooting for her the entire time. I highly enjoyed the first half of the story. I liked it so much that I went out and bought the second book, The Infinite Sea, so that I could start reading it right away.
And then… it just kept going. I know that’s an obvious statement because of course the book kept going but in my opinion it was just too long. It was all good, but some parts started to drag and I thought parts of it could probably have been trimmed.
Some of the twists were fairly predictable but overall I thought the story was well executed. I’m excited for the movie to come out in January because I think it will translate really well to film.
If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, here you go!