Series: The 5th Wave # 1
Published by Putnam Juvenile on May 7, 2013
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction
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.
Rick Yancey gives us an incredibly original take on an alien invasion, although it wasn’t as frightening, perhaps, as a graphic depiction of an army of little green men blasting humans off the face of the earth. But, of course, that’s been done before. Instead, Yancey creates a world where no one can trust anyone else, and people aren’t always who they seem.
The 5th Wave is written from multiple POV’s, and while Yancey writes equally well from the male and female perspectives, I did get attached to Cassie, the opening narrator, and I wish we could have stayed with her through the entire story. To avoid a spoiler, I won’t divulge the identity of the other narrators, but I will say that one was just a bit too “coincidental,” and that one also happened to be the least interesting.
The 5th Wave wasn’t quite the masterpiece I was hoping it would be, but it was still a very enjoyable read that will keep your heart racing. After the initial devastating waves of attacks, the action cools off considerably while the few survivors scavenge and await the unknown 5th and final wave. But have no fear. (Wait, I take that back. Have a LOT of fear.) The ending is a wild ride, and while it may have been a bit too pat, I can’t deny that Yancey packs a ton of excitement into this book.
Review posted at Goodreads.