Monday, May 6, 2013

The 5th Wave: By 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.


The 5th Wave is an absolutely rollercoaster ride of emotion and adventure. Readers of Yancey’s other series, The Monstrumologist and Alfred Kropp, will not be shocked with the fact that The 5th Wave, the first book in Yancey’s new trilogy will leave readers at the edge of their seats for most of this (not insubstantial book).

That said, while the 5th Wave has tons of action to keep readers entertained, it also invokes a number of deeper questions, that separate it from other alien invasion books, such as Stephanie Meyer’s The Host, which has a similar basic plot. Yancey is able to pull off these deeper philosophical questions while at the same time keeping readers engaged by doing one thing so incredibly well, and that’s character development. Cassie, Evan, and Sammy are absolutely fantastic. Yancey not only does a fantastic job establishing the hopelessness of the situation, he also will captivate readers through the different perspectives he jumps from, each one timed perfectly to leave the reader absolutely stunned and wanting to know more.

Speaking of wanting to know more, while readers will certainly be clamoring for the next in the series, Yancey was kind in his stopping point in the book, giving the readers some semblance of closure, while still dangling questions and uncertainties for the books to come.

All in all I loved The 5th Wave. Yancey has taken a story that has been done time and time again and made it his own. Hooking readers in with the action and adventure and then surprising them with the shocking amount of depth in the philosophical points as well as the strength of the characters. Perfect for readers 12 and up.


Publisher: Putnam Juvenile 

Published: May 7, 2013

Price: $18.99

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