Series: The 5th Wave #1
Published by Putnam Juvenile on May 7th, 2013
Genres: science fiction, young adult
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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 believe I was the last holdout for this book. A majority of the bloggers have picked this one up and declared their side – either it is the next big thing, or another hype creator. I’m stuck smack dab in the middle regarding The 5th Wave. The dystopia was great, bust some of the characters rubbed me the wrong way.
This book is very dystopian-y – scavenging for food, loss of human life, trust issues, etc etc. I am a complete sucker for the hardships the human race would face if our society completely broke down. That certain element of the book hooked me from the start. Sadly, I felt that the alien’s presence was completely unremarkable. It seemed that this was a novel written for the sake of writing for this genre with no clear purpose or explanation. Luckily, I’m pretty forgiving in this department. I’ll save my overall judgement until we get to the last book. I’m wondering if there is a clear explanation for the cloak-and-dagger approach to the Others.
Character wise: this is where the war raged for me. I’ll be open – I could have done without Cassie. Cassie was a no-go for me, and while I didn’t flat out loathe her towards the end, I sure never did care about her,and I am still not a huge fan. Evan was a creepy stalker and I had no warm feelings for him. He was weird and very clingy. I don’t do clingy and creepy. The instalove was painful to read as well. It wasn’t even disguised as a real relationship. It was flat out instant love – young adult female reading porn. Cute, heartbroken guy with a secret falling for a mediocre teen girl. No, thank you.
In the end, I did like the personal development, but the alien aspect seemed very removed from the story. I understood what they were, but it seemed a lot of jibber about the aliens, and we never got to really know them, or understand them. Is it worth the hype? Maybe. Will I read the sequel? More than likely. I’m not a rabid fan, but I believe that there might be something wonderful in store for this series.