This is a review of:
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Book 1 of The 5th Wave
a young adult dystopia series
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.
I really enjoyed this book. I hardly put the book down and when I did I just kept thinking about it.
Even though, it’s not the most thought out plot, there were plot holes, however, the world was so intriguing to read about. Also, the characters were very interesting and more so their mindset and how it’s changed to survival from before the waves hit. Now they’re waiting for the 5th wave or maybe it was happening.
The writing in general was captivating, it’s like Tahereh Mafi’s poetic style but less intense. The pace was fast and action-packed reminded me of Divergent.
The story was very hard to follow at first because you’re instantly into an air of mystery and I did feel a bit lost but soon explanations come and I managed to at least understand how the attacks happened. I am not sure I understand these Others yet but maybe I’ll re-read the book sometime to get it better. Another problem was the shifting POV, it caught me off-guard and with the ambiguity of the narration you don’t know who is talking. Least they could do is put a title with whoever is speaking 😦
The romance did not catch my attention as much as the plot was but it is an added bonus for those who enjoy it.