Sunday, 18 May 2014

Book Review; The 5th Wave - Rick Yancey

Pub. Date- May 17th 2014 Publisher- Penguin Books
 Pages- 457 Genre- Science Fiction/YA  Series- The 5th Wave #1

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.

How do you survive when everyone you see could potentially be the thing the ends your life? That is the question everyone after the 4th wave faces. Trust is now a joke that only existed in the passed before the arrival happened.  Cassie lives by the motto trust no one, because aliens aren’t what we thought they were. They don’t have giant eyes and green skin, no they look, sound and feel just like us. The others as Cassie and her Dad calls them are set on destroying everything in their path be it a building or person. So when Cassie is separated from her family early on in this amazing book by death and crazy circumstances, this leads to her having one hell of a kick ass attitude. She is tough, yet vulnerable and basically a perfect mix of everything ever wanted in a character. 

From this point on is pretty much a ramble of my love but there are so many possible spoiler in this that I think it would kill me to try and write a detailed review without giving away something important. The 5th Wave has to be one of the most excellently written multiple-points of view stories in young adult that I’ve ever read. One of the best driving forces behind the plot and character development was how all the characters shared be it love, friendship or hate. Each character had a completely different voice and way of understanding of what was going on in world the world. Not to spoiler anything but holy god if I don’t get a 'you know who if you’ve read this point of view' right at the start of the next book I’ll cry.

So I practically never write notes while reading. I like to be 100% in a book experiencing everything in a constant flow not thinking ‘wow, I need to write that down’ but with The 5th Wave I was constantly changing my mind about if certain character were good guys, or who I was rooting for that I wanted a way to really keep track later on just how many times Rick Yancey tricked me with his greatness and boy did he ever. Champion of Red Herrings award goes to one Mr Rick Yancey.

I’ve never read a book with so many twists and turns that were so understandable and compelling that the way I usually think about books just didn’t work in this case. I would usually go through and point out specific parts of the book I loved or loved in this case but to spoil anything in this would be a crime. So I’m simple going to leave what is my craziest to date with, that you should read this. Like now.

Let me know if youve read this or make my day and say you will in the comments below.


  1. I loved the socks off of this book. I remember being approved for an ARC on Netgalley before it was hyped up and no one really knew what it was about. I read it and holy crap on a cracker, I was hooked. I would have sold my own mother at that point for book two. It completely messes with you and blurs the lines between heroes and villains, it's brilliant unique. I want to reread it now, I've worked myself up :D

    Awesome review Katie. If this doesn't convince others to read it, then nothing will :)

    1. You still had sock after reading this? Mine were long gone! I’m jealous of you getting to read this so early and having so long to love it. I wish someone had shoved this in my face and said read it earlier! I would and still will steal my mother for the next book! I would even toss in my sister! I had no idea for most it who was on what side and I really loved that!

      Thanks for commenting Kelly, I’m just hoping this review will be a book shoved in the face for someone!

  2. YES!! I really loved this book and I was so surprised by that. And yes, so many twists and turns, EPIC!

    Mands @ The Bookish Manicurist

    1. So so so many, I had no idea what has happening but thats what makes this book is think.
      Thanks for commenting Mands!


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