ARC Review: The 5th Wave

May 23, 2013 Review 16 ★★★★

ARC Review: The 5th Wave
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
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Publisher: Penguin Australia
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 474
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.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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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.

Rating Report
Overall: 4.2

16 Responses to “ARC Review: The 5th Wave”

  1. Pink Lady 631

    This book looks amazing and I can’t wait to read a copy. Cassie sounds like a character that I would easily love and one I think we need to see more of in YA. The 5th Wave has recieved absolutley brilliant reviews from everybody so I’m very curious to find out more about this alien apocalyptic world Rick Yancey has created. Lovely Review!

    • Bec

      Cassie is definitely fantastic. The world is amazing, and worthy of all the glowing reviews it has received.

  2. Sara @ Forever 17 Books

    I’m glad you liked this too! I also had an issue with the first pov change. It took me like 3 pages before I really understood and then I had to start that part all over. lol I wasn’t so sure I was into the alien invasion thing, but after this book I think I am! Great review. :)

    • Bec

      haha, yeah… I think if I was reading the paperback it might have been easier to pick up, but in the eARC the parts weren’t separated as well. Alien invasions are always interesting. There’s so many ways it come happen.

  3. Kelley

    Glad you liked it! I got the free chapter sampler and was gobbling it up so fast! I really need to get the whole book so I can finish reading it.

    • Bec

      I’d actually call this post apocalyptic, as it’s after a catastrophe and there really isn’t much society left to run things. Though I guess some aspects are slightly dystopian… It is great! I wish it happened more :)

  4. Kezia D

    I like anything about aliens (really >.<) and I've seen this book around lately so I'm totally excited to read it! It's good to have distinct multiple POVs cause sometimes multiple POVs can sound similar to one another which leads to confusion. Glad to know that it doesn't happen to this book :) Great review as always, Bec! :D

  5. Aman

    Oh, I missed this on NG, but I’m going to buy a copy soon and I’m really excited to read it next month. Hope it lives up to the expectation! Seriously, I’ve yet to read a negative review on it and that does say something. I’m glad you enjoyed The 5th wave, Bec!

    • Bec

      It’s definitely worth owning a physical copy. I’ve been trying to hunt one down myself. That says something too :D

  6. Sunny

    I just…AGH OH MY GOSH I CAN’T WAIT TO READ THIS ONE! I have to check my library ASAP but I know if I do and it’s there, I’ll abandon all the other books I need to read. What I’m looking forward to most is Cassie, especially how you described her. I love a great MC heroine and I love the fact that she’s memorable. Great review!

    • Bec

      ahahaa, that’s one of the problems I had with libraries. I’d get too many out and then if something new came along I’d read that before the others.


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