Review: The 5th Wave

Title: The 5th Wave
Author: Rick Yancey
Published: 2013
Page Count: 457
Rating: 5/5

There may be some minor spoilers but not enough to give anything away.

The 5th Wave is step 5 of the alien invasion on Earth. The first wave was wiping out anything electronic or battery powered. No cell phones, no cars, no TV, no lights, etc. The second wave is earthquakes and tsunamis creating literal waves to take out any human populations on the coast. The third wave is a plague that was carried by birds and wiped out about 97% of the population. The fourth wave is the Others, who are now on Earth, using human bodies as hosts and killing out the rest of the human race. And now the 5th wave is coming! The story follows our main character Cassie who is trying to make it on her own during this alien invasion. But when her brother is taken to a camp, she promises to be there right behind him but she quickly learns that they were lied to, and the people who took him are not who they say they are. Now, Cassie has made it her mission to find her brother.

I went into this book almost blind. The only thing I knew about it, was that it was about an alien invasion. I HATE aliens. Ever since I saw E.T. when I was very little, I have been terrified. But this book is not what I thought. The aliens are not what we typically picture. They use human bodies as their host, so they look just like us. This story had me gripped from the beginning. It’s so action packed and I loved it! I, of course, did have a couple of issues with it. The relationship between Cassie and Evan is weird to me. I know lots of people LOVE Evan. I like him too, but Cassie doesn’t trust ANYONE. And yet, Evan comes along and saves her, and she’s cool with him. Ummm… Also, at the end with Ben kissing Cassie… why? Why did he do that? He doesn’t even remember her from high school so why does kiss her? Also, I’m pretty sure he heard Evan tell Cassie that he loved her, so he knows she’s got something going on with him. I’m confused with this whole thing now and I really hope there isn’t going to be a love triangle between the three of them in the next two books. But I may be getting my hopes up. Ben is great and all but he’s not for Cassie. I also, think that Bear (Sammy’s stuffed animal) is very motivational for her. It pushed her to keep going and to keep fighting to find her brother. I love all the remarks that Cassie makes towards it and how she seems to hate it. But she never leaves it behind.

I highly HIGHLY recommend this book. It was great and kept me really entertained and on the edge of my seat. It is for sure one of my favorite reads this year and I can’t wait to start the next one.


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