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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

May 12th, 2013 by Debbie's World of Books

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Source: Purchased myself

Publication date: May 7, 2013

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Series: The Fifth Wave #1

Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary from Goodreads.com: The Passage meets Ender’s Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey.

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.

I’d been hearing people rave about this book for months before it came out so I was itching to get my hands on it.  As soon as my copy arrived I tore into it and it certainly lived up to my high expectations.  I know some may be turned off by the idea of an “alien invasion” and dismiss this book because they aren’t into sci-fi but it is so much more than that.  Watching how people cope and adapt to a world in which most of humanity has been wiped out and you can’t even tell who is the enemy any more is heart-wrenching.  Yancey does a wonderful job portraying characters like Cassie who really is your everyday teenage girl whose world has been turned upside down.  She has done things that she could never have imagined before the invasion of her home planet and it makes you question what choices would you make if you were in her shoes.  I love these books that make you really think that while we all may have these lofty ideals that we would never break away from when push comes to shove you never know which way you will fall.

Cassie herself was an amazing character who is a hot head but who realizes that is one of her flaws and tries to overcome it.  She also learns to kick some butt and her determination to keep her promise to her baby brother draws you to her.  The two male protagonists, Evan and Zombie, are also both equally fascinating.  Zombie went from being the popular jock who really couldn’t imagine anything horrible happening in his life, to being torn down to feel like the lowest of the low and then coming back even stronger.  It’s hard to talk about Evan without giving away any spoilers but let’s just say I am looking forward to learning more about him and what is going on inside his head.

The story itself is amazing though the constant switches in the POV threw me off a few times until I got a few sentences in and figured out who we were following.  The pacing was well done and I loved the action and intrigue.  My main reason for not going with the full 5 stars is the romance aspect.  We all know it would be there being almost every YA book nowadays has to have some sort of romance.  My problem with it was how suddenly the romantic interest forms between Cassie and Evan.  I wish we could have seen more of why Evan fell for Cassie before he makes himself known to her and what made her so different from everyone else he has run into.  Cassie’s feelings are much more believable as she doesn’t fall head over heels right away and does question everything about Evan as would be expected in light of everything that is going on.  So I’m hoping at some point in the next book we get to learn more of what drew Evan to Cassie.

Still this book definitely lived up to all the hype and has a little something for everyone – action, adventure, things blowing up(!), romance and intrigue.  This one should definitely top your reading list!

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