The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Submitted and Reviewed by Clover Brooks
Amazon Rating: 4.4/5
CONTENT WARNING: SWEARING AND GRAPHIC VIOLENCE
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.
Alright, I’m going to be honest, I read this for an English assignment. Gasp, I know. We were supposed to get into groups to read a book together and, being the smart-alecks that we were, we chose a book that was made into a movie so we could B-S it if we didn’t finish in time.
I was the first in the group to start reading it. I wasn’t expecting anything major – just a dystopian sci-fi novel that would put me to sleep. That wasn’t what I discovered. It took some time (and almost the whole half of the first part) to get me into it. Once I did, though, I read through it like no other. The characters felt real to me, the twists and turns of the plot were amazing, and the amount of thought put into the idea was breathtaking.
However, to say the least, the tone was gritty.
This isn’t a novel that is light and fluffy. No, no. This book is like reading a textbook about how bad humanity can get if it’s desperate enough. Call me an optimist, but having such a downer view of the apocalypse really made me sad. I would come out of some of the chapters feeling like I just swam through a mud pool. I’m the type of reader who feels what the characters are going through, so the heaviness of the book wasn’t something that mixed well with my system. Nor was the amount of language. A delicious cake ruined by a little too much salt.
However, despite the gritty and harsh weight, the book was fantastic! If you’re into alien invasions, dystopian-like governments, teenage romance, and survival novels, this is definitely the book for you!