The 5th Wave | Review

Title: The 5th Wave

Author: Rick Yancy

Genre \ Themes: Science-Fiction

Date Published: May 7, 2013

Cover Rating: 5/5

Buy: The 5th Wave

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.

I originally picked up this book because I had seen the movie trailer, and thought it looked cool (and, since the movie is based off a book, I had to read the book first, obviously). I hadn’t really read about aliens before, but this seemed really unique. I loved the synopsis and I couldn’t wait to pick it up.


It was good until page 30.


I found all the characters to be cold and unrelateable, which threw off the romance in the story. While Cassie was realistic, she still wasn’t relatable – two very different things. They swore more than necessary. It was excessive and just worked to distanced them further from me.


I’m really disappointed; so many cool things could have come from this book, and it just flopped. I still plan to see the movie however, and I hope it’s better than the book.


I am so glad only two books were out at the time. I’m not one to quit in the middle of a series, and I practically skimmed the second book. Would not recommend.


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