Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey


The 5th Wave (#1 of 3) by Rick Yancey

Published: 2013
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic
Subtitle: Great

Book 2: The Infinite Sea

"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."

My first review of the new year! (It wasn't published in 2010, and based on how this book went, the second one won't be either because I'm going to need to read book #2 ASAP... Don't worry, 2010 you'll get your due, eventually!).

So, I'm not really sure why I've been putting off reading this book. Because it's right up my alley, 100%. I had absolutely no valid reason for not reading it, but apparently it took me seeing the movie preview before the last Hunger Games movie to convince me pick it up. And guys, I WASN'T DISAPPOINTED. I mean it's been so long since I wasn't disappointed, that I'm really surprised right now. I'm not sure if my positive impressions of this book are based on the fact that I'm so surprised that I wasn't disappointed or if I genuinely liked it. Jk. I genuinely liked it. Don't worry.

The main character, Cassie, is fierce. I don't have another word to describe her. A post description for her might be "a side of crazy", but it's a crazy driven by fear. She doesn't know who to trust and all she wants is her brother Sam back. Can't say I blame you Cass. I'll tell you what I didn't trust. I didn't trust a single character in this book except for Cassie. She was the only one I trusted. The rest of them -- nuh uh, I wouldn't touch 'em with a 10 foot pole. That isn't to say I didn't love the other characters (I mean -- Sammy? Come on, that's tugging my Supernatural heartstrings), but I didn't trust the bugger. Nope. I actually loved all the main characters/narrators, but I didn't know who was what or anything. It kept me SO on edge!

I'm a little miffed with the ending, though. I feel like during the last 10% to 15%, RY just started wrapping things up (I use this phrase loosely, nothing was actually "wrapped up" in my opinion) quickly and was like, I'll handle this later. And maybe this plot line will get picked up later or maybe not, ha ha ha, wouldn't you like to know! Drop an Infinite sea reference here and here, oh and another one here. Story line drop and BOOM, weird dramatic ending with no closure. I needed some closure, dangit!

(I have obviously already downloaded The Infinite Sea).

So, there are definitely some comparisons to Stephenie Meyer's The Host... If you liked The Host but found it lacking, then this series will probably be for you. The aliens function pretty identically on a fundamental level, but I would argue that this novel is so much more apocalyptic while The Host stays firmly in fantasy romance.

4 out of 5 stars.