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Book Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Publication Date: May 7th, 2013

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Genre(s): YA, Science Fiction, Dystopian

Series Status: The 5th Wave #1

Pages: 457

Format and Source: Hardback, Owned

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Synopsis from 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.


So The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey is good, and I do want to read the rest of the trilogy. It has a very well planned story, which is both imaginative and realistic, and is definitely enthralling. I could even deal with the several changes of point of view, which is amazing for me because I’m not someone who likes that. The writing style reminded me Anthony Horowitz in the fact that it was generally more straight forward and to the point, but you can easily see how he tried to embellish it and make it more flowery so that it fits the tone of a girl. And that’s where this book started to bug me.

Whilst the author tried to write for the part of a girl, I feel like he failed in a couple of aspects. The part that annoyed me the most was how shallow he portrayed Cassie, as he made her out to be a girl who only likes guys who are good looking, and that she finds any guys who don’t fit into the confines of what society dictates as ‘handsome’ as unattractive, therefore not a possible romantic interest.

While we’re on the topic of romance, I don’t like it in this book. Most of the population of the world has been killed. You can’t trust anyone because they might kill you. And yet, somehow, there is romance. Luckily it is a romance more similar to Katniss’ and Peeta’s in The Hunger Games where it is partly due to necessity and doing what must be done to survive. But it still annoys me because romance in a book such as these aren’t something I really like. It sort of reminds me of The Murder Complex where, even when there is so much death that it is more than just a tragedy, there is still romance. I don’t know whether that is hopeful thing or just annoying, but I’m a cynic so I’ll go for annoying.

If you want a simpler, more dystopian version of Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, then this is it. It’s like The Hunger Games but with aliens. I definitely don’t hate it, but these certain aspects about it just made it one of those books that is a pleasure to read, but you can’t help but pick out the little flaws as you go.

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