FINALLY -- The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey

Title: The Fifth Wave
Author: Rick Yancey
Pages: 457 pages
Published: May 7th 2013
Genre: Science Fiction, Apocalyptic
Source: Hardcover from Barnes & Noble
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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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HOLY. BABY. JESUS.

Envisioning what the world would look life after an invasion from otherworldly beings is not easy. And it's been proven many times in literature. We have Stephanie Meyer with The Host, Pittacus Lore's I Am Number Four series, and a whole lot of other alien-integrated stories. Aliens can either be a scary or funny topic, depending on which way you want to go. And, of course, Rick Yancey instead decided to take neither road-- he took a totally unexpected and brand new path in the world we know of aliens. 

Yancey's writing has a hint of seriousness. If you'd imagine what the world would be like after an alien invasion, The Fifth Wave is a very close chronicle of the events that would occur. He creates the tactic of the aliens,which are called waves. And after every wave, a huge amount of people die until there is no one left. The first wave is darkness, the second is chaos, and the third is pestilence (is that how it's spelled), which is an unstoppable airborne virus used to wipe out the humans. Ooooohhh aaahhhh, yes these aliens are very smart. Take away the power and it's the one thing any human on the planet can't handle or recuperate from. Because as tough and hard as it is to accept, we've gone way beyond our boundaries in technology and there is no un-discovering what we've discovered. Let's face it, we can't live without our technology. 

And if this romance isn't enough to start a fire, I don't know what is! I know Rick Yancey is man so how can he just write about such irresistible male protagonists in the story. Or perhaps I'm a little bias after seeing the roles that were cast for the movie. His characters do not disappoint and Cassie is the definition of female representation in YA literature. She's a strong and unwavering soul who doesn't back down from saving her brother even if it means she'll be captured and killed if she does something wrong. She puts her faith in trusting an alien when she knows that she shouldn't but it's the only way to save her brother.

We're granted with such a bright ensemble of characters of all different ages. Cassie, Evan, and Ben who are in their older teenage years. There is Sammy, who is 6-years-old, and he's just the most adorable character everrrr!!! I also liked how we were introduced to a lot of older and adult figures. It's really nice to see how authors make their writing so appealing to all ages.

If you haven't started The Fifth Wave series, you should drop everything and read it now before the movie comes out in January. Think of the end of the world meeting an alien-visitation-kind-of-thing. It's got a thrilling and kick-ass vibe that will leave you on the edge of your seats till the end.  


Are you going to start this series? If you've already read the first two books, do you plan on watching the movie?

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16 comments

  1. Great review , Alex! I love this series and I cannot wait for the movie. )

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  2. I also love the whole concept of the Fifth Wave although I'm not a big fan of the romance (okay, it's probably just because I didn't like Evan so much, sorry).. anyway, I'm really excited for the movie (and the cast looks great since they look almost exactly as I imagined them!)

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project

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    1. It's okay. *whispers* I didn't like Evan that much either. Or I just liked Ben a lot more.

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  3. I haven't read this book yet, but it's super high on my TBR list because the movie is coming out! I'm even more excited to read the book now :)
    Fantastic review!
    ~Erika @ Books, Stars, Writing. And Everything In Between.

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    1. I can't wait to see what you think when you get started on it!

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  4. I've read the first two books. I loved The 5th Wave, but I wasn't as impressed with The Infinite Sea. But... I am really looking forward to The Last Star.

    I'm really looking forward to the movie, and I kind of geeked out when Penguin included a bookmark with my copy of Wandering Star. :)

    Erin @ The Hardcover Lover

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    1. Oh really? Damn I've heard a lot of people saying the same thing. I was hoping I'd like it better of course. That's kind of awesome too about the bookmark haha :D

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  5. I can't wait to start this series! Everyone keeps telling me that it's right up my alley, which is probably true. I haven't read ANY dystopian or post apocalyptic reads this year, and I'm craving something new ya know? Now that the movie is coming out, I definitely have to read this asap! You can review the hell out of a book girl :)

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    1. Thanks xD! I know. I maybe 100% went into this book because of the fact that the movie was coming out. I definitely know that MockingJay is coming out, but i dunno if I want to reread that one ;P

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  6. I've seriously been meaning to read the 5th Wave for AGES now . . . but I just never got around to it. But after reading your review, I don't think I can wait any longer - LOL! I'm always up for reading about those "irresistible male protagonists." :-)

    Julia Anne
    Peach Print

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    1. Oh no the movie is coming out soon >_>

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  7. Ahh! You've reminded me how much I loved this book!! Why haven't I read the second book yet?!? >.< I think I need to get to it soon! I have the audio, and I LOVE listening to books with a lot of action like this. Glad to see you enjoyed this so much! :)

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