May 16, 2013

My Thoughts: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

4 frosted ginger cookies.

Cover Love:
Yes.  I like the simplicity of this!

Why I Wanted to Read This:
I didn't actually.  I wasn't ever able to get into The Monstrumologist, another of Yancey's popular series, so I wasn't overly interested in this one.  Until the week it came out.  I was bombarded with reviews and author interviews and tweets about the book.  So I decided to give it a try.  So glad I did!  Here's the synopsis from GoodReads:
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.
Romance?:   A little. But lots of characters that could end up in romances.

My Thoughts:
This was so interesting.  I had many, many thoughts while reading.  Of course, as a seasoned reader I was looking for clues and hints the whole way.  There ware a few things I missed and had to go back and re-read.  There were also things that I figured out ahead of the main characters, mostly because I was looking for twists, whereas the main characters were looking for hope.  It's easier to believe things and take them for face value when you want to cling to hope.

There were a few different points of views in this book--Cassie and Zombie were the main two, but there were a few chapters from Sammy (Cassie's little brother's point of view) and a few from one of the Others point of view.  Cassie and Zombie are amazing though--of course I hold out hope that these two end up together, but there are other factors to consider.

I read one review that said not to go looking for spoilers.  I took that to heart.  Very often I go looking, sometimes because I am bored at the current point in the book and sometimes just because, but I am glad I did not go looking for spoilers for this one.  There is one major twist that happens pretty early on and I think many people would put that into their reviews without really meaning to, so my advice is to go in blind.

This got me thinking a lot about alien invasions.  And that is not something I really want to do.  I like the Star Trek version of aliens, where we are all working together to make the whole universe a peaceful place.  Not this version where aliens view us as a nuisance to be destroyed.

To Sum Up:  Great action adventure with a lot of food for thought.  I think this one will be a big hit!

Book checked out from my local public library.


  1. I've been curious about this one too, it does seem like its gaining some popularity. I'll probably check it out especially since youve indicated how thought provoking it is.

    1. For me it really was. I like bright, shiny, alien stuff (like Star Trek) but really this is probably more or less what it would be like if another species came to take us over. It will be interesting to see how this trilogy wraps up because I just don't see how we could really fight these aliens!