Book Review: The 5th Wave, by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave, by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Published by Speak on February 10, 2015 (first published May 7, 2013)

Series: The 5th Wave, #1

Genre(s): fiction, action, adventure, dystopia, science fiction, young adult

Format & Length: paperback, 457

Source: purchased

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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.

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A few days after finishing this book, I almost don’t remember why I rated it a four. It frankly didn’t stick in my mind all that well, but in the moment was quite entertaining.

I do recall liking the characters – Cassie, Sammy, Evan Walker, Ben Parish, even Vosch. If you don’t mind changing points of view every few chapters, you can glimpse inside each of their heads to more fully understand them.

Despite being quite violent in some parts, this story felt a bit watered down to me. Perhaps because it is so distinctively YA, it is lacking a certain grittiness I expect in a post-apocalyptic novel. I can’t help but comparing this to Justin Cronin’s The Passage (regardless of their obvious differences) and finding The 5th Wave lacking somehow.

The part of me the likes closure wants to continue the trilogy, but the rest of me is not so sure. If you read The 5th Wave, what are your thoughts? Should I try The Infinite Sea?


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