Review: The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave #1)


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(blurb and cover from Goodreads)

By: Rick Yancey

Publication: May 7th, 2013

Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi

Synopsis: 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 thoughts:

This is a seriously addicting, fast-paced and exciting kind of book that leaves you wanting more.

Really wanting more. The sequel is coming out in September!

There are two POVS, Cassiopeia (Cassie) and Zombie. Yes, I did just say “Zombie”. You find out who Zombie really is as the book progresses.


Cassie is one of the last survivors on Earth. The aliens, or the Others as she likes to call them, have already eliminated billions of people with the first 4 Waves. The Waves are the Other’s creative ways of killing massive amounts of people.

With everyone in her family almost all dead, Cassie trusts no one. Her goals are a) survive and b) find Sammy, her younger brother who was taken to a base camp by “government officials”.


A boy solider who is training at a base camp and happens to meet Sammy…and tries to save him for his own reasons.

The POVs don’t rotate every chapter, you might get twelve chapters about Cassie and suddenly there’s one in Zombie’s POV. It threw me off for the first time, but I was able to pick up the story and understand things quite clearly later.

All I can say (without giving away major plot twists) is that you’re in for a treat if you pick up this one. Romance, bravery, little funny moments (Howard the log!), non-stop action, and revelations that take your breath away, Rick Yancey weaves together an amazing read. The writing is quick and descriptive-and definitely works for this book. Yancey makes things feel real, and a bit of fear blossomed into my mind while reading The 5th Wave. It seemed like everything that occurred was in the realm of possibility for the reality of Earth today.

I promise you, this book will not disappoint! And make sure to keep up with the news about the movie adaptation starring Chloe Grace Moretz that’s in the works.


My rating: 5 stars.




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