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Review: The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave, #1) by Rick Yancey

Review: The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave, #1)  by Rick YanceyThe 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Series: The Fifth Wave #1
Published by: Putnam Juvenile on May 7, 2013
Genres: Aliens, Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, YA
Pages: 457
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased

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About the Book:

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.







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It seems like readers of this novel are either split into two categories: the haters and the lovers. I can proudly say I belong to the latter.


Yes, while reading the synopsis of the book, you may groan and roll your eyes at this overused plot; I cannot deny that the idea of an alien apocalypse in a world with a corrupt government is one that has not been used endlessly before; but the writer pulls of this much-abused topic and shines a completely new light on it.


I don’t want to give away too many plot details, but I have to say that the character development in this novel is absolutely splendid, and that the twists are extremely well done. After a while my heart would be racing so fast because of the palpable tension in a particular scene that I had to read this in brakes; luckily, the author balanced out the angst with equal doses of humour and sarcasm.


The characterization was so well executed,; the plot so well paced, that eventually the book (well-Kindle) disappeared from my hands and allowed me to delve into the world of  Cassie, Nugget and Evan. This is, essentially, what a good book should do; so anyone looking for their next big read-look no further!


Here are a few quotes that particularly stuck out to me while I was going through the text:



‘That’s what you do when the curtain is falling-you give the audience what you want it to hear’ (This may sound ambiguous and slightly irrelevant right now, but it fits in perfectly when put into context with the book)


‘It [these mass deaths] pushes the limits of our ability to comprehend…It isn’t about destroying our ability to fight so much as our will to fight’ (Perhaps one of the most honest lines I’ve read  in YA literature)


‘Cruelty isn’t a personality trait. Cruelty is a habit’




There are so many more of these easter eggs scattered all over the novel. Yancey has a gift of putting into words the ideas that I just can’t seem to place; he is able to turn the scattered stars of our minds into constellations. (Oh lord, that sounds incredibly cheesy now that I’ve actually put it down).


There are slight flaws in The 5th Wave, of course-no book is perfect, the most annoying being the release date of the second book. I will not-I can not-wait for another year to find out what happens next. But for now I’m just going to picture a happily-ever-after ending because I can’t bear to picture anything but.


I’d say this book is a mixture of the Gone series, Angelfire, Enders game, and The Host, so I’d recommend this book to fans of those reads, along with anyone with a taste for great Science Fiction or paranormal romance! Happy reading!





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