Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The 5th Wave

Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Title: The 5th wave
Author: Rick Yancey
Pages: 457
Reading Level:YA
Book Rating:.5
Rating: 4.10
Goodreads Rating: 4.10
Published: May 7th 2013

The Passage meets Ender’s Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey.

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.

When I heard about how this book was going to be about aliens my first thought was "great another book about green aliens with big black eyes". In that moment I had decided to give up on reading the book. But I kept hearing people talk about it, so I decided to give it a try. And be serious about the aliens thing. And waalaa  I was surprised! I wasn't expecting it to be as good as it was. Now let's talk about why I gave this book a 3.5. I must admit that I really don't know what rate to give it it's between a 3 and 4. I did like the book but they were many things that I didn't like. For example... 

The Beginning. It took me like 150-200 pages to get into the book. 
The beginning was very boring! I am the kind of girl who most of the times ends up reading a book in one or two days. Not with this book I didn't, it took me days to go back to it. All that I got from the beginning was that Cassie was a brat and a selfish person. She kept whining about everything and mooning over Ben. I wanted to shake her so hard, the world was being invaded by aliens and she kept talking about Ben and the 
one only conversation that she had had with him. 

The Characters. Again I didn't like Cassie much the only good thing she did was searching for his brother. I hated how she acted with her father. And she killed that guy who was clearly NOT an alien. She kept going on and on about how the silencers didn't hesitate to kill, yet she saw this kid who clearly wasn't going to shoot her and what did she do? Yeah kill him! 
I liked Zombie. It was good to see how he changed from being a coward to going in a mission imposible. I also enjoyed reading about the boot camp they were in. 
Evan Walker. Now Evan I totally love him. I felt like the author could have gone more in depth with Evan. He was great and mysterious. He kept making me guess if he was good or bad. And he was really sweet! 

The Romance. Yeah it sucked! Poor Evan! He kept Cassie safe and sound. He gave her shelter and food and helped her rescue her brother. But what did he get in return? an ungrateful girl! The moment Cassie saw Ben she completely ignored Evan. At the end she didn't know what happened to Evan but did she care? No she was happy in the arms of Ben! At first I saw Cassie behaving as a little child but as the story continued I actually saw her grow up a little. But the ending just reinforced my previous statement that she was behaving like a little girl. 

The Ending. Was it me or did it felt rushed? I didn't like how it ended. All throughout the story action was building up and the ending just felt so anticlimactic. 

But besides those things I will totally read the sequel just because of Evan.


  1. I am with you on this. Evan was really the only part I liked about the book.

  2. Right! I thought it was really cute how he went from being a killer to falling for Cassie. I felt like Yancey could have explored more the character of Evan. But oh well, maybe will see more of Evan in the sequel?