The 5th Wave
Author: Rick Yancey
Series: The Fifth Wave #1
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
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 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.
From award-winning author Rick Yancey comes a gripping epic of catastrophic loss, unthinkable odds, and unflinching courage.
First Sentence: There will be no awakening.
Why did I listen to the hype again?
When I heard all about The 5th Wave and how awesome it is, how different it was, and how you could not not love it; I’ll admit it, I got swept along with the hype. I purchased The 5th Wave the moment I saw it because well, everyone couldn’t be wrong right? Wrong.
Don’t get me wrong, The 5th Wave wasn’t bad. The problem is, it wasn’t that good either.
The prologue did what it was supposed to do – it immediately caught my attention and got me super excited to officially start the book. Maybe the hype, for once, was trustworthy. However, once I turned the page and read on, my excitement for The 5th Wave slowly died down.
You know how sometimes you tell yourself that you have a choice, but really you don’t have a choice? Just because there are alternatives doesn’t mean they apply to you. (96)
The first third of the book was slow and confusing. The first part of the book was told from Cassie’s point of view. She tells readers about her past using flashbacks, which alternates between different chapters. Here’s the problem: I didn’t know when she was remembering the past or when she wasn’t remembering the past and was in the now. One moment I would be reading a flashback, and suddenly, without warning, I was reading what she was doing in the present day. It was confusing and I had to flip back to the previous pages to see if I had missed something or had read wrong.
The 5th Wave is told from four different points of views written in two different ways. Cassie and Ben’s point of view is told from the first person point of view while Evan and Sammy’s point of view is told from the third person point of view. It gets confusing when you finish reading Cassie’s point of view told from the first person point of view, only to turn the page and see Evan’s point of view told from the second person point of view.
Cruelty isn’t a personality trait. Cruelty is a habit. (138)
I couldn’t find myself connecting with any of the characters. I liked Cassie at first in the beginning of the book and connected with her because we both care deeply about our younger siblings, but then, the romance element midway through the book got in the way of that. I felt distant from Ben and there was absolutely no way I could connect with Evan.
The 5th Wave was also predictable. Every single twist that happened – you guessed it – I saw it coming from a mile away. Nothing caught me unaware and everything that happened, I was already expecting it to happen. That really took the fun out of reading The 5th Wave.
It’s like a cockroach working up a plan to defeat the shoe on its way down to crush it. (1)
I did like how Rick Yancey compared the aliens we believe in – the aliens in E.T. and the flying saucers we make up in movies – to his version of the aliens. It was creative and added to the premise, but as I read on, my curiously about them slowly diminished.
But I think he knew in the end it wouldn’t be the lucky ones left standing. The ones who tell Lady Luck to go screw herself. The ones with hearts of stone. The ones who could let a hundred die so one might live. The ones who see the wisdom in torching a village in order to save it…And if you’re not okay with that, you’re just a corpse waiting to happen. (75)
Overall, The 5th Wave was an okay read, but disappointing nevertheless. Maybe it’s because I had high expectations, especially with the hype. Either way, I can definitely say that I would definitely not be checking out the sequel to The 5th Wave.