Book Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Title – Author: The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Series/Standalone: Series – The 5th Wave #1
Format – Source: ARC – Borrowed

The fifth wave of an alien attack that has decimated Earth’s population is about to begin. Sixteen-year-old Cassie, who has lived through terrible tragedy, doesn’t know what will come next. What she does know is that she can’t trust anyone and she must stay alone, because anyone she meets could be one of Them. When she meets Evan Walker, she realizes she may have found her only chance to rescue her brother. Against insurmountable odds, Cassie must decide: to fight or to give up.

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I was a bit worried going into this one. I mean, The 5th Wave has been hyped like crazy, with basically everyone on the internet saying this was the NEXT BIG THING. I’m always wary of these kinds of declarations because I’ve been burned by the hype machine before. Let me tell you…it one hundred percent lives up to the hype. Believe it, people. This book is amazeballs.

In its blurb, The 5th Wave is described as “The Passage meets Ender’s Game” and the publishers really hit it spot on with this description. Those two books are two of my favorites and good things from both come together in The 5th Wave. From The Passage, we get the tight, terrifying action as Cassie’s world dissolves around her and she fights to survive. From Ender’s Gamewe see the close-knit groups of child fighters, one of which is led by the other narrator, Zombie.

Cassie and Zombie experience the fifth wave from two very different perspectives and I loved how their narrations and stories differed. Through them both, we see the whole picture of the horror that’s happening on Earth. Even with their unique voices, I couldn’t help but see the similarities between the two: strength, resolve, loyalty, fierceness. Both struggle with the morality of this new world. Both have been changed by the events of the attacks and lost sight of their former selves. When their paths finally collide, it’s a tense moment that had my heart racing.

The action is fast-paced and compelling. It’s a hefty book at 457 pages, but I barely even realized it was so long, I was reading so quickly. Every chapter keeps you on your toes as secrets are uncovered and truths revealed. This is edge-of-your-seat, omg-what-happens-next action.

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Intense and gripping, The 5th Wave is a must-read. It will easily make my top ten list for 2013 and may even claim the top spot. Go out and buy it. Tell everyone you know to read it.

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9 – seriously great – Sirius Black

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