Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Published: May 7, 2013

My Rating: 4/5 Stars


Goodreads Description:

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.


My Thoughts:

This was a very cool story. I have a soft spot for YA dystopian novels and this one did not disappoint…so if you are a fan of The Hunger Games or The Divergent Series, I think this will be right up your alley.

I loved the alien aspect of this story, which is one thing that made it quite different from other YA dystopian novels. While I’m not usually a huge fan of science fiction, I didn’t feel like this book got too “out there” with that aspect to lose me in the story.

The characters were all fantastic as well…Cassie was your typical strong, female heroine in these types of stories, but she was written well here.

I got through this book quickly, but it’s taken me a few days to get this review written. I’m hoping now that the holidays are over, that I can get back to my normal pace of reading and reviewing 🙂 While I did really enjoy this book and actually look forward to seeing the movie adaptation that comes out next month, I haven’t quite decided if I’m wanting to read the rest of the series. When I finished both The Hunger Games and Divergent, I couldn’t wait to get into the second book of each series. For some reason, I didn’t have that feeling after this book. Maybe it was because I feel like the first book had a clean and complete ending…or maybe I just have too many other books I want to read 😉

Either way….if you are a fan of YA Dystopian fiction, I have a feeling you will enjoy this read.


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