Epic Recs Review: The Fifth Wave

Posted December 29, 2015 by Pixie in book review, Pixie / 1 Comment

Epic Recs Review: The Fifth WaveThe 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Series: The 5th Wave #1
Published by Putnam Juvenile on May 7th 2013
Genres: science fiction, post apocalyptic, young adult
Pages: 480
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased

"Remarkable, not-to-be-missed-under-any-circumstances."—Entertainment Weekly (Grade A)
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.
"Wildly entertaining . . . I couldn't turn the pages fast enough."—Justin Cronin, The New York Times Book Review
"A modern sci-fi masterpiece . . . should do for aliens what Twilight did for vampires."—USAToday.com

Well, I meant to post this review a little earlier but not only did it slip my mind some to write it up, I was still processing the entire thing after only just finishing some hours before my review had been due. Haha. I’m glad I had a little more time to sit and let it soak in because it blew me away really.

Why hadn’t I read this already? I can’t believe it myself. This book is right up my alley on what I’m into during the last couple of years… the whole post-apocalyptic/hold-your-breath suspense-type thing, the books that make you think afterward. The books of “what ifs…” you know, “what if that happened in reality?” or “what if our world got hit by something so terrible I was in similar situation (living off the grid, etc.)?” I don’t know why I’m so into these types of books so don’t ask. Lol. They just get fascinating.

The problem with many like this in particular though is that there’s always the unrealistic aspect that stands out, too. A reader can pinpoint easily what will often not happen or will happen in given survival situations and that’s what makes it the fiction we read. Nothing wrong with that, of course.

Yancey pulled some things out of his hat with The 5th Wave though that proved it was a bit different than the many I’ve read. The main character being female, she goes on tampon runs and has thoughts of the fall of the human race when faced with crisis. Right there from the start of the book, I was pulled in and felt a realistic connection to a book that could have been a ridiculous cliché or the millionth alien-human apocalypse that existed with the same ol’ storyline. I was grateful for the “new-ness” and fresh feeling I kept getting with every turn of the page. And Cassie’s character and personality only made it that much better. She packed a punch. The action was chaotic and tense.

What do I need now? The rest of this series and to see the movie (because I love Chloe Grace Moretz!)

P.S. Thanks Lyn for the Epic Recs on this one!




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