“Maybe the last one to die will be killed by the last one alive.” ~The 5th Wave
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey: 3.5/5 Stars
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.
*This review does contain spoilers*
I’ve had this book since Spring Break, so that’s around the beginning of this year. I finally decided to read it, because someone on my Instagram said they loved it a lot and it was such an amazing read. Although, it wasn’t a five-star read for me it was a good book and I did enjoy it. Anyway, on to my review.
I gave The 5th Wave 3.5 stars because even though it was a good read it wasn’t amazing. I’m glad I read it and I really want to read the second book in the series, but it had some things that bothered me about it. I usually start with the author’s writing style so I will talk about that first. I liked the writing style it kept my attention throughout the novel. However, I didn’t like the multiple perspectives towards the end. I liked them in the beginning I found it really interesting and super cool to see the though process of everyone, but towards the end it got jumbled to me so I started getting confused. Overall I found the writing style very intriguing and well put together.
Cassie is one of the main character seen in this novel and she’s been through a lot. She loses her whole family, her mom and dad are dead, and her brother is taken from her. Surprisingly, she handles this all pretty well. Cassie uses this to build up strength and I love that about her.There are so many times she could’ve just given up, but she keeps going and she keeps fighting for her brother because he’s all she has left. She’s definitely a tough gal and manages to get along without help. Well, until she meets Evan. Even is this mysterious man who seems to have saved Cassie’s life.
I like Evan as a character he’s mysterious and I questioned everything about him and I found out I had a reason to. He wasn’t human like he made everyone believe including Cassie. However, I didn’t like how rude Cassie was to him when all he’s ever done is help her, but I guess I wouldn’t be too trusting if there was an alien apocalypse. I didn’t like how the aliens were portrayed. I personally wanted the creature that didn’t look human. I mean wouldn’t it have been cool if he was just disguised as a human and then he showed what he really looked like? I mean he doesn’t have to have huge eyes and be green, but something inhuman would’ve been cool to me. In the novel it says, “we are consciousness.” Which I hate so much, because that’s not an alien to me. I mean I like that it’s different, but I don’t like it at the same time.
Anyway, moving on. So, throughout the novel you see how Cassie changes. Well, I don’t like how she changes. She’s kind of bratty, annoying, rude, childish, etc. She seems to have forgotten she’s not the only one going through it all. I understand if that happened it would be hard to be normal and so on, but she’s gone from strong to pathetic. However, she doesn’t lose her purpose and that’s why I like her despite hoe she acts.
I did really like this book despite some of the things that happened. This book was full of action and I found it so amazing! Just when you thought someone was good they would do something horrible and throughout the whole novel it had me questioning each character. I wasn’t sure which characters were trustworthy and who were the characters that should be avoided. I definitely loved that. I liked the characters and how they interacted with each other. The multiple characters and their point of views made the book more interesting, but like I said it got a little confusing at the end.
I really want to read the second book, but I need to buy it first! I’m excited to see what happens since the novel left off after Cassie and Ben save Sam. Speaking of Sam he’s such a cute character! I was rooting for him the whole time. I didn’t want anything to happen to Sam since so many characters weren’t to be trusted.
This book was just crazy! I recommend this book to anyone who loves sci-fi and fantasy. I didn’t have too many spoilers in this review just because so many different things happened in this novel, but spoilers are spoilers and I hate even the smallest spoilers, so that’s why I have the warning at the top. I loved the action in the book and suggest anyone who likes action should give this book a try. I hope y’all enjoyed this review! not the longest review, but I’m also writing this very late. I also touched on what I wanted to touch on, so that’s a plus haha.