The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey

5thwaveThe 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave #1) – Rick Yancey
Published May 7, 2012 by
Putnam Juvenile
Source: purchased

This book is just epic. I was in love from page 1. The story pulled me in right away and there was honestly not a single moment this book let up. The characters, the world building, the action and even the romances…it was all perfect. I swear this book was so perfect it felt like a gift. This is the new book I will be recommending TO EVERYONE!

The book takes place right after the 4th wave. All of the characters have lived through the first 4 waves and are currently impatiently waiting out their days until their death or for an unknown 5th wave. This is a bit of a mash-up of alien invasion and dystopian, which means there were some elements that have been done before but a lot of it still felt unique and new. One thing I loved about this was that all the characters lived before the invasion happened so they all know what Earth “used to be like”. Too many times the setting is in the near future so the characters don’t know what Earth used to be like and I am glad these characters have something to hold on to.

There is a fair amount of mystery to this book simply because the characters do not know who to trust. Some of the aliens have taken form as humans, so there is always the chance you second guess if this person is human or alien. There were so many points in the book were I flipped on the some of the characters!

I did not know when picking this book up that it featured multiple POVs. The first POV shift doesn’t happen for quite a bit so it confused me at first but once I got into the flow it totally worked. I did find myself craving Cassie’s POV but the other characters added well to the story. All of the characters are unique but one thing that shines through is their will to live. The population is almost nothing at this point so it was important to show why each character is currently alive. Yancey does a magnificent job of making the characters hard but also compassionate at times. Overall each character is rounded out nicely, containing the perfect mix of attributes to  make them real.

Cassie is my new favorite heroine. She is strong, brave and independent as well as quite the entertaining narrator. There were a few “serious” moments she would make a funny comment and as weird as that can be, it totally worked! Everything Cassie said (and thought) felt incredibly natural. At one point she says “Are pervs only pervs if you don’t find them attractive?” and I absolutely lost it. She has some amazing one-liners both internally and externally that make the story not feel so dark.

Quick note about the romance(s) in this book. The romance is there but it is not dominant in most scenes that it is in. Yancey wrote the romance in this wonderfully. I say this because there was some importance to the romance but I ultimately think Book 2 is where to real sparks are going to fly. I can say I was satisfied with how much romance was in Book 1 but I will be needing more in Book 2.

You can read an extended preview here! I am warning you in advance, this is going to make you want to pick up the book ASAP.



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