Published in: 2013
Edition read: E-book
Book #: Book 1 in the 5th Wave series
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 had been meaning to read this for ages, especially once I heard a movie was being made about it. I was going to read it hell early on so I could then go see the movie as it was released in cinemas… but alas, other books came first and before I knew it, the movie had come and gone from the cinemas and I still hadn’t read the book. So I decided screw my to-read list that I had carefully plotted out for my summer break, I was gonna read this book instead.
It’s a good book. Long, but good. I feel the post-apocalyptic and dystopian genres have been overdone lately, but this is a damn good book and well worthy of being in those genres. The characters are mainly teenagers, on their own and trying to make it in a world that is basically screwed 9 ways to hell. The alien invaders are horrid and we still don’t know really why they have come, but the worst thing, the absolute worst thing, is that we can’t hate some of them because they aren’t them, they are us. It’s really messed up, but totally clever of the author.
Cassie and Evan are my two favourites, I like that the author put in a character like Evan who is questioning everything he knows because he’s discovered that the mission isn’t what he thought it should be, and that maybe they had it all wrong. And Cassie is kinda kick-ass awesome. I’m interested to see how this book translates into cinema, if it is true to the books or not. I’m also really keen on reading book 2 now to see how everything will go. I need to know if Evan gets out or not, cause although he says he will, we don’t actually know if he does.
The 5th wave rating: 8/10
Would I re-read it? Yes
Who would I recommend it to? For fans of young adult dystopian fiction featuring aliens. It’s a bleak book, but good.
Author’s website: http://www.rickyancey.com/books/the-5th-wave
I should probably mention here that reviews will be lacking for the time being as I am attacking a few big books at the moment- namely “The origin of species” by Darwin (at 571 pages) and “War and Peace” by Tolstoy (at 1,750 pages). Oy vey!