The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey


The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Published on May 7th, 2013 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Genres Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian

Pages 457

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The 5th Wave follows the main character Cassie, as she struggles to find her brother in a dystopian world that has been “infested” by aliens. The 1st wave, was an EMP that wiped out anything electronic. The 2nd wave, was a series of earthquakes that caused massive tsunamis and destroyed most coastal areas around the world. The 3rd wave, was disease, carried by birds and survived by few. The 4th wave, consists of the aliens “infesting” human bodies. At this point, the only wave to stay alive is to stay alone and to trust no one.

We meet Cassie as she is traveling alone through the forest and along an abandoned highway, heading to a local military base where soldiers took her younger brother, Sammy. As she travels closer to her brother, she is attacked by the beings who have come to Earth with one mission, to kill all humans it seems. She has been doing fairly well on her own and then she meets Evan Walker. Not only does Evan save her from a dangerous situation, but he is mysterious, handsome and kind. Even after getting to know him, Cassie has a very hard time trusting him. Evan insists on helping Cassie rescue her brother and she realizes that she needs his help, so she is forced to trust that his intentions are pure. Cassie gets to a point where she has to make some difficult decisions, to give up or to get up and continue on.

Several times during this book, I found myself getting slightly bored and then the book would surprise me again. The times I did get bored, were the chapters that weren’t told from Cassie’s perspective. This book flips between several different perspectives, although Cassie’s is the main one. There is one chapter told from Sammy’s point of view and while that provided good insight about the military base, I got really bored while reading it. Some of the book is also told from Evan point of view and then a good portion is told from Ben’s point of view. We learn early on that Ben is a former classmate of Cassie’s, who she also had quite the crush on. I thought the character development was excellent in this book and we really got to know the 3 main characters, as well as Sammy. There stories eventually all become intertwined. The plot also surprised me more then once, so I wouldn’t say it’s predictable. I knew something was “going on” but just couldn’t figure it. This book is a bit longer than most young adult, science fiction, dystopian novels I have read recently, but I understand why the author added more detail into certain scenes. I really enjoyed this book and wished I had heard about it sooner. If you are a fan of young adult dystopian, I see no reason that you would not enjoy this book as well. I am on to read the next book in the series, The Infinite Sea and have heard from several Bookstagramers that the second book is even better than the first! Happy reading!

One thought on “The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

  1. deborahkehoe says:

    I have to admit, I loved this book! I thought the premise was really original and actually liked all of the military type scenes. Though, I admit, I did think Cassie’s perspective was the most interesting, but that was because she wasn’t safe. The others were all in a barracks together, and weren’t fighting the enemy yet. Keep reading, the next one is great!


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