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‘The Fifth Wave’ by Rick Yancey Book Review

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The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey


Format: Available for paperback, eBook, hard cover
Series: book 1 of 3 of The Fifth Wave trilogy
Rated: 14+ Language, graphic scenes
Genre: Young Adult
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The book is divided up in to 13 parts.

The first part introduces us to 16 year-old Cassie. She is explaining about the 4 waves that have happened with the aliens trying to eliminate the human race. Cassie is one of the last humans left and she is on her own as her parents and brother died in one of the 4 waves. Basically it’s a ‘how I go to this point’ explanation.

In the 2nd part, we meet a 17 year-old boy whose name we don’t learn. He is infected with what is believed to be the Red Death and he gets taken in my a group of people. The experiment on her using a program called Wonderland that takes in all his memories and he remembers how he ran out on his sister and parents. He learns how the aliens have been able to figure out why the aliens seem to always be one step ahead of them. At the end of this part, he gets asked to join the fight against the aliens.

As the stories progresses, we get different point of views from Cassie, Zombie, and once from Hunter, and Nugget.

In one of the sections, Cassie runs into a Silencer and she gets shot, but for some reason he lets her live. She gets saved by Evan who nurses her back to health. She knows she shouldn’t trust him, but can’t seem to stop herself from doing just that. They grow closer and closer together, but the questions never seem to stop forming in Cassie’s mind as she gets to know Evan more and more.

Once Cassie is well, she works her way back to try and find her brother Sam, as she had promised him that she would. Evan thinks its suicidal but he goes with her to help.

Zombie gets through his training and gets assigned Nugget, a 5 year-old kid. He takes him under his wing despite what his squad wants.

After his squad graduates, they go on a mission and that’s when Ringer, the shooter in his group, shows him the truth about the camp that they are working at. So they come up with a plan to break out, but of course after Zombie gets Nugget.

As the climax comes, both Cassie and Zombie are looking to keep their promise but find that it’s not that simple.

One of the things that I like the most about this books is that there are a lot of short chapters. For me, I hate ending a reading session in the middle of a chapter. Having the short chapters makes it easier to keep up with the story and stop at ending points (say when reading at bed time).

One of the things that I didn’t like about it is that it was confusing at times when they would switch from point of view to point of view. I noticed that each section was a new point of view, but I didn’t know who’s point of view I was going into until a few paragraphs into some of the sections.

There is a bit of a love story in the story, which can be expected in any young adult novel. Evan and Cassie meet in not the best way but once they meet they have this attraction with one another that they can’t help but fall for one another, despite trying to survive in this world.

This book reminds me a lot of The Host, but I find it a lot more interesting because there is more action. It’s not full on action, but a lot of little action scenes that help quicken the book along.

The ending of the book had the potential to be great, but it was a little bit anti-climatic. There wasn’t much action. The climax offered more information then action. I guess I just had expected more.

Overall, it was a good start for a series. It developed the lead character Cassie really well and created a lot of questions that will probably be answered in the next two books.

Recommendations: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Wells, The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Next in the series:

The Infinite Sea out 5/6


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