Published May 7th 2013 by Putnam Juvenile
457 Pages | Add to 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.
Book Review: 4.5 stars
I get it now. I understand the hype. The ranting and raving. The book hangover. Right now the inside of me head is such a mixture of thoughts that I’m not sure if this review will be coherent. But here I go.
~Wow. Wow. Wow~
I’m not even sure if there is a word to describe how amazing this book is, how raw the emotion is, and how much it freakin messes with your mind. I could see this happening, if we were ever invaded. The whole concept is just brilliant, and I loved how the stories twisted and turned into this beautiful disastrous mess.
IF ALIENS EVER VISIT US, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans.
The first wave wiped out everything electronic. The second was an actual wave. The third was a horrible disease. And the fourth was the Silencers. Nobody knows when or what the fifth wave will be, the only thing that is certain is that its coming. One of the main characters, Cassie, describes these events with such rage but at the same time with an essence of humanity. This is one thing that I loved about reading from her perspective, as well as her sassiness and fighters ambition, it was her ability to still remain ‘human’ in her responses even when everything around her was disintegrating. This is incredibly tough to do, to have characters that are experiencing extreme situations but writing them in such a way that they remain relatable. Hat off to you Mr. Yancey. I am in awe.
“Tampons. I’m constantly worrying about my stash and if I’ll be able to find more.”
Rick Yancey | Cassie
It is an either/or world. Either the person in front of you will die at your hand, or you’ll die by theres. You get to experience all sides of the war, as each part jumps between a few characters. You get to experience Zombie, Sammy, Evan and of course Cassie’s view of the now world. This was done so brilliantly, each character lifting off the page. Yancey writes these characters histories with such intensity that you understand why they believe certain things, and how they could possibly believe it was ok to give a five year old a gun. It was seeing how different people might respond to an extreme situation that sucks you in with an incessant need to understand why. Definitely a different world.
The 5th Wave keeps you on the edge of your seat, all the way until the very last explosion. You are able to pick up on whats truly going on rather quickly from the beginning. Whether it be from a word that is used by one person you think you can trust, but then that same word is said by someone you know you can’t; or when people you think are bad turn up in another characters storyline doing something good…it warps your mind as much as the events in the book are twisting the characters beliefs. But don’t let the fact that you will probably know what is going on before the characters do put you off reading this books, because you are never quite sure. Its only a feeling.
The idea that the Others had been watching Earth for thousands of years was sheer brilliant. I loved the way that one of them just skimmed through out history within the matter of seconds. Even the concept of going Dorothy. Amazing. It is probably exactly how WWIII would pan out, if it involved aliens. They had observed us for so long that they know how we think, and what we had done to our enemies across generations. There are definite ties to WWI & WWII. In terms of strategy, and controlling fear.
Rick Yancey leaves you with so many questions, which is why I am so excited but at the same time silently weeping about the 2nd book that comes out NEXT YEAR! Maybe until then if you have read the book I would love for you to try and clear a few things up for me:
- How did Cassie get her backpack back? After hiding in the whole at CampAshpit and shooting one the soldiers in the face, the others that chased her took her backpack cause she left it near the whole? right? So then how did she get it back….or didn’t she? There is mention of it after she gets shot, and when she is with Evan talking about the journals (even though we all really know how he knew), but then after that – nothing. What about the wedding ring?
- Evan describes the aliens as having no bodies, or was this just the silencers? Because if they don’t have a corporal form then how are they expected to live on Earth?
- Why wait for humanity to kill each other off? Surely for a species so advanced they would have figured out another way rid the planet of the last surviving humans. Or is it like someone mentions in the book, that now they can just sit back and wait. How much longer can you wait? Another billion years?
You must read this book! Its a must! There is romance…oh is there romance! and its action packed with ass kicking, explosive goodness. But lets not forget the romance..did I mention that?
“I had it all wrong,” he says. “Before I found you, I though the only way to hold on was to find something to live for. It isn’t. To hold on, you have to find something you’re willing to die for.”
You will grin and laugh, cry and question what your doing with your life. A must read.