Review: The 5th Wave

The 5th Wave ~ Rick Yancey

Publisher: Penguin Books
Date Published: May 7, 2013
Pages: 457
Rating: 5 stars

This is author Rick Yancey’s first installment of The 5th Wave trilogy. It revolves around a 16 year old girl, Cassie Sullivan, and how she is trying to survive in a world destroyed by aliens. The book was published in 2013 and was later adapted into a movie released in 2016 staring Chloe Grace Moretz as Cassie.

Summary from Goodreads:
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.

My Thoughts:
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end. In fact, I could hardly put it down and pretty much finished it in 1.5 days. The whole concept of the book is just fantastic. It’s something that hasn’t been done and is executed perfectly. 

The world Rick Yancey has created is unbelievable. A world where “The Others” have taken away all of our comforts of living and are forcing us to extreme measures in order to survive. Cassie is just like any other 16 year old girl before the invasion began, worrying more about boys than if she will live to see another day. You fear for her, and her friends, lives throughout the entire book. 

Overall this book was amazingly written and contains a unique plot. You won’t be able to put this book down once you pick it up for fear of what might happen next. Anything can happen when an alien population invades. 



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