The Fifth Wave [Book Review]

The Fifth Wave [Book Review]
Hello there!
Title: The 5th Wave
Author: Rick Yancey
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Published Date: 7th May 2013
Rating: 3 stars
*Thank you to Jennifer Windram on Instagram for buddy
reading this one with me, and for Agirlreads on Instagram for giving me the
Synopsis:  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.

Review: I
feel incredibly harsh rating this one only 3 stars. If only I did .5 stars
still… There were so many things about this book I liked,
all at the beginning. But unfortunately the ending of the book kind of ruined
things for me, and the middle. I was highly anticipating this one, despite
having read a lot of mixed views about it. And it seems like the muddled
feelings are the ones I connect to. I’m going to try and explain best I can.
The beginning of this book
was brilliant. Immediately I was captivated by Cassie’s perspective. I loved
the idea of the alien invasion and the ‘waves’ the aliens left behind. Slowly,
it is revealed to the reader what these waves consisted of and I thought it was
incredibly creative of the author to think up all of these things! I loved it.
I also loved the guessing game about who were the humans and the aliens.
Because in this world? The aliens look exactly the same as the humans. It’s
impossible to tell which is which.
The suspense build up was
brilliant and I was really connecting to Cassie. Not only is she busy
contemplating what makes someone human (a pretty deep discussion to include in
the book, if I think about it), we’re also seeing her trying to survive and
keep strong despite the grief of losing her family. Despite the cloud of
loneliness she is currently living in. I really felt the love she felt for her
little brother, and I’m sure that is how I would feel about my little sister if
I was in the same situation she was in.
Then we start to see some
more points of view… and that was the beginning of where things started to go
downhill for me. We are sort of bombarded with point of view after point of
view, and each time we delve into a new one it’s a guessing game to work out
who it is. Although Zombie and Cassie’s point of views are the ones we end up
reading from the most, sometimes the author throws a random one in there.
I didn’t like the romance
at all. It was so disappointing and very suddenly thrown in there. In my
opinion, I feel like the author probably just included the romance because he
partly wanted to extend the ‘what makes us human’ debate, but also because of
the illusion that every YA novel needs a romance. Not every novel does need
romance, and this one was short, too fast for me, and basically didn’t make me
feel anything. So yes, I probably would have enjoyed this novel a whole lot
more without the romance thrown in there. I guess that is one of the key things
that ruined it for me.
I also never really
understood the idea of the ‘eye’. I’m not surprised that the movie misses that
whole concept out because it was so unclear to me in the book. I wasn’t sure
what it could do, or why it did that and just… ugh. It was kind of sad to not
be understanding what I was reading and yeah. That took some of the enjoyment
from me.
The ending had me going
“what?” in some places, and in other ways, it was also satisfying. So I feel
pretty mixed there.
In my review I’ve mostly
focused on the Cassie storyline, but that is simply because I never really
cared for Zombie’s storyline and his gang much. It was interesting, but maybe
I’ll care about his storyline more in the sequel? I’m not sure…
I’ll be reading the sequel
at some point, for sure.

 Gif Summary: 

Quote: “Late
at night, I think I can hear the stars scraping against the sky.”
Links: Goodreads and Amazon!
Olivia’s Question: What do
you think makes humans human?
Olivia-Savannah x 

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