Aliens have never been my thing… Alien books, movies, and shows just don’t appeal to me, so you could say I was pretty nervous to pick up The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. To be honest, the sole reason I picked it up after sitting on my bookshelf for years, is that the movie is coming out next week and I’m a diehard read the book before watching the movie kind of girl. Spoiler alert: I LOVED it.
Cassie Sullivan had an average life: she had great family and friends and her greatest worry was that Ben Parrish would never notice her. But that was before there was a UFO hovering over Earth. Before anyone knew what was coming. Before four waves of panic struck. The 1st wave hits: all power goes out. The 2nd wave attacks: widespread natural disasters destroy the earth. The 3rd wave strikes: a disease cuts the population in half. The 4th wave hits: the last of the surviving are slaughtered by beings that seem human. Cassie was one of the “lucky” who survived all four waves by the alien invaders she calls the Others. With nothing and no one but her little brother’s teddy bear he gave to her before he was taken and her trusty M-16, Cassie has to use extreme survival skills to make it day by day. Then she meets Evan Walker, a supposed farm boy who takes Cassie in and helps her on her mission to find her brother. But with the Others always looming overhead and all the while looking human, can Cassie truly trust Evan? And when will the 5th wave strike and what will it entail?
That synopsis was SO INTENSE, I feel like I need to take a breather after writing and reading it. Anyways…. on to my thoughts regarding the story:
The 5th Wave is my favorite book out of the ten I’ve read so far this year. Rick Yancey has incredible talent, it’s not easy to surprise an avid reader (especially in YA) but he did just that (about a thousand times!). You think you know where the story is going and then BAM it’s the complete opposite. If you’re a fan of twisty-turny stories that make you question the characters and writing, then you need to pick this up!
The 5th Wave puts some people off because of its pacing. The biggest criticism from people who disliked this book is that it is quite slow. I will admit that there are some parts of the book where there was no action and the story seemed pointless. But persevere, reader! It will be worth it. The last 100 pages of this book had me on the edge of my seat, literally! Personally, I love slower books because it builds up to the climax at the end and gives you essential background that you need as a reader.
On to the best part… the characters! Our protagonist Cassie Sullivan is one of my new favorite heroines. She’s funny, awkward, but super tough at the same time. Cassie doesn’t hesitate to do what she needs to do to survive; I would not want to cross her. Her little brother Sammy, who we get a perspective from later in the book, is sweet and will totally pull on your heartstrings because of his terrible situation (curse those aliens). Evan Walker, our farmer boy, is AMAZING (one of my new book boyfriends, duh)! He’s one of those guys that knows exactly what to say at exactly the right moment. But don’t get me wrong, you definitely don’t want to cross him either, he’s extremely tenacious! Ben Parrish who was Cassie’s life long crush does play a part in the story that you see pretty early on, but I don’t want to talk about how because spoilers. But, I do love his character and he’s totally swoon worthy as well.
As you could tell, I loved this book so much. This book was perfect in my opinion, absolutely perfect! I was nervous and happy and scared and surprised all while reading this book. The feels are crazy, guys!
The 5th Wave has a sequel already out, The Infinite Sea, which I will be reading very soon. I need to know what happens! So look out for a review. The last book in the trilogy, The Last Star, is coming out in May, so pick these books up so you can participate in the discussion of the final books release!
Have you read The 5th Wave? Thoughts? Opinions?