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Review: The 5th wave by Rick Yancey

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 Thoughts

I'm going to say it .....

I did not get the hype at all that surrounds this book even though I wanted to dearly.

I must say for me I found the whole story a little bit samey as other books and TV series on a similar theme and I actually found myself skimming pages as I was getting bored. Yes there were some nice twists that kept me reading but even so they weren't enough to wow me in any way. I didn't really feel like I connected with any of the characters which meant I really didn't care what happened to them.

I got really confused because I didn't realise that the book was split narrative which meant when the voice changed the first time I was utterly confused and really didn't have a clue what was going on and them by the time I twigged I was actually a bit cross at the book for confusing me.

So not really the book for me. I did enjoy it enough to finish it but I'm not sure I'll actively seek out any sequels


Wasn't the different perspectives differentiated in any way?? That makes it confusing to read for teens.
I've been using this one in library lessons (the trailer really catches their attention) Shame it didn't live up to its hype
Donna said…
I felt very similarly about The 5th Wave. I liked the first few chapters of the book as the world was introduced but I definitely agree that the characters were bland and the story got rather boring.
I thoroughly enjoyed this, but it still didn't blow me away like I was expecting. I think this book was definitely damaged by all the hype for me.
Anonymous said…
I just wrote up my review of this book today. I found that the book started off strongly but weakened as it went on, with a tacked-on and unrealistic romance and a fairly sizable plothole that made most of the story collapse in on itself. If the book had stayed strong throughout, I would be able to understand the hype. As it is, I find it an average book at best, one to borrow but certainly not to buy.