Publisher: Penguin Australia
Release Date: May 22 2013
Series: The Fifth Wave #1
Genres: Post Apocalyptic, Young Adult
Cassie is the girl who lost it all. Her world ripped apart. Her mother and father dead. Her little brother captured.
On a lonely stretch of highway, she runs from Them. The beings that 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, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother-or even saving herself. Now, she must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.
Cassie Sullivan gets up.
In multi-award winner Rick Yancey’s gripping young adult epic, the most dangerous lie is the one that gives us hope.
There seems to be a new trend in the YA world: post apocalyptic alien invasion novels. Luckily, this is a trend I think I’m going to love. There are so many possible variations on how the aliens got here, the way they invaded, why they chose Earth. THE 5TH WAVE is one of the earliest books in this movement, and I think it’s going to remain one of my favourites.
Cassie’s voice was the first thing I noticed. She’s so… memorable. Funny, sarcastic, and determined, I loved her from the start. Cassie makes the most of what truly is a horrible situations. If I had half as much courage as her… well, I don’t know, but I’d probably be more confident and badass. Cassie is an amazing character I really admire.
Ben, Ethan and Sam are the other members of our cast. The story is actually told through alternating first person point of views, each character getting the opportunity to tell at least one part. I have to admit, the first time it changed I was thrown. Cassie was stuck in a troublesome situation when suddenly the voice changed. Great for creating attention grabbers between part, not so great for the readers following. I am glad the voices were distinctive enough for me to tell the difference though.
Another aspect that lowered the rating of this novel from 5 stars was Cassie’s giant flashback at the start. It was needed–we had to learn about the first four waves somehow–and I found it interesting, though there was possibly a better way to deliver the information. One that didn’t detract so much from the edge-of-your-seat action plot, which was slightly predictable at points but very enjoyable.
THE 5TH WAVE is something I definitely recommend for those who are looking for an action packed read with great characters and some emotional scenes. It had great thoughts on family, humanity, and survival, as well as a tiny bit of romance. Hopefully this is just a precursor for the greatness that is about to come from this series. I’m definitely going to continue the series and watch how the fifth wave develops.