Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Review ~ The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Genre: YA dystopia
Series and number: The 5th Wave #1
Number of pages: 474
Edition: Kindle ebook
Link to Goodreads page

Goodreads description:

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.

My review:

Rating: 4 stars
Date read: July 21 to 24, 2013
Source: Bought

There wasn't much that I disliked about this book. Some parts were a bit slow, but they still interested because they built the new post 4th wave world. The other thingthe thing I had the biggest issue with was the point of view changes. The first time it switched, I barely registered that it was a completely different person for awhile. Then later, it switched to the "silencer," but in third person (the majority of the book was in first person). And later, again, it switched to Sammy in third person. I believe those two parts were the only ones that strayed outside the Ben or Cassie first person POV, and it felt a bit . . . uneven. Inconsistent too.

Despite that, I believe Rick Yancey is a good writer. He did a wonderful job setting up the series of waves that were decimating the human population. He didn't jump right in and explain "this was wave one, this was wave two, etc." but instead began with a creepy and chilling intro that gave hints to something revealed later on. Then it went straight to Cassie. Through a combination of her lonely survival and her memories leading up to that point, the world building and explanations were built into the story, making it more developed and less awkward.

The 5th wave itself was a well developed process. It was a scary idea the aliens had for it and I liked how it was built by a hint here, a hint there, and a lot of manipulation, brainwashing, and distrust everywhere.

It was interesting to watch the characters finally figure it all out because the Others did a fantastic job in disguising themselves as the guys on the good sidethe human side.Cassie, though, wasn't convinced. She learned a lesson, and she knew trust couldn't just be handed out freely. Appearances and statements could be lies. She had a bitter attitude that had developed when facing tragedy and dwindling hope. She pushed on, though, for her little brother.

I feel like Sammy was the middle point of the storyone where everything else revolved around. He was young, innocent, and oh-so-malleablea perfect type for the 5th wave. Ben made a promise to him because he broke the one he gave to his sister. Cassie made a promise, and she carried his teddy bear the entire journey to him. Sammy was able to inspire hope inside them in a hopeless world. He was able to remind them that all humanity wasn't lost. That little kid, without even trying, pushed Ben and Cassie to fight and to stay determined in order to keep their promises. Because of Sammy, they never gave up. He was the best addition to the story.

Overall, this was a great book. It had a nice assortment of characters that all coped (or tried to) with certain death in their own way. It had a brilliant concept and development of it. It had great action and great connections between characters. This book isn't for everyone, but I do recommend it.



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