Book Review: The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1) by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave, #1)Title: The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1)
Author: Rick Yancey
Publication Date:  May 7, 2013
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Pages: 480
Source: Bought/Personalized
Format: Hardcover
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Dystopian

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've had The 5th Wave since the first day it came out.  Rick Yancey had his launch party at Books & Books and of course, we were all there front and center.  I hadn't heard about the book, but after hearing Mr. Yancey talk about it and describe it in his own words, I was SOLD! Mr. Yancey is hilarious and super nice. I really hope he comes back down for The Infinite Sea!

Where to begin with this review?  This is what I can say, IT ROCKED, now go and buy it ASAP! Ever since I was a little kid I have always be scared yet intrigued about aliens.  Hollywood has so many movies out there that make them out to be either friendly, like E.T. or evil like Independence Day.  I would like to think that they would all be like E.T., but what if they are not? What if they want to kill us all to take over Earth?  Call me weird, but I think about stuff like that. So of course, when I finally started reading The 5th Wave, I started to freak out! No friendly E.T. here. 

The story is told in three different POVs and it's really easy to follow along.  Each transition is flawless and each character is very distinctive.  You can feel everything they go through; all of their heartaches and fears. And believe me, there are a lot of emotions being felt in this book. There isn't really a "love" story here, but there is a little "something" and it's just perfect.  I mean, it's the end of the world so how romantic can you really be?  Everything was done flawlessly.  I was captured from the very beginning and I couldn't put it down until the very last page.  I have become a huge Yancey fan after this masterpiece!     

So for all of you dystopian fans, or even the ones that are kind of burnt out of dystopian books, you have to read this book.  I know that a lot of dystoian books are all about the same thing and are starting to blend together, but The 5th Wave is on a whole different level.   


  1. Ooo I love this one! I reviewed it here: Are you getting ready for the sequel to come out in just a few weeks? I'm excited for it!!


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