Book Review: The 5th Wave

I have to be honest, this is not my usual type of book. It’s not. It’s YA. It’s dystopian. There’s a love affair between human and non human. It’s whiny, in parts. But for all that The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey is pretty kick ass.

I started it yesterday. Finished it this afternoon and still did everything I was supposed to do, play dates, home schooling, dishes, laundry, etc. So that pins it as pretty fascinating.

I don’t want to give too much away. But in case you haven’t heard of it, seen the movie trailer, or have been living under a rock…Aliens have come to planet earth and they want the extinction of the human race, so they can have our planet to themselves. They’ve thought ahead and came up with a few different ideas on how to kill us off and been very effective so far.

The majority of this book focuses on Cassie’s promise to her brother that she would come for him, say 60%. There are also substantial chapters from the point of view a male human who is taken to a military base and trained as a solider in response to the alien invasion. Say another 30% on him. The rest…I’ll leave for you to find out.

The book is fun. The book does twist. The twists are predictable, however. But they still please like that walk through the woods I’ve taken a million times and still enjoy because the path, while totally known to me, is still enjoyable to experience.

I liked the multiple points of view. I found Cassie’s incessant poor me mental diatribe a bit wearing at times. But the other characters were intriguing. I wanted to know more about them. In fact, I already logged on to the library and got in line for the second book in the trilogy.

℘℘℘℘℘ -Solid five pages, part of me wants to say six but I did actually put the book down while reading it and I’m not on my way to the library, not that it would do me any good since the wait lists for this series are obscene. Ok let’s compromise and say five and a half. LOL.

Quick update: I got and read The Infinite Sea before this post even came out. So much better than the first one. Yes I know I have the Fifth Wave five pages, Infinite Sea gets 6. Very little Cassie, a lot more of awesome characters introduced but not focused on in the first book. In line for the third one. Cannot wait. In fact when I saw I was 251 in line, I actually said, if this doesn’t kick in before vacation, I’m buying it on Kindle for the trip.

5 thoughts on “Book Review: The 5th Wave

  1. Good review! I thought this book was all right, but honestly I was pretty disappointed in it. I was a *huge* fan of Rick Yancey’s other series The Monstrumologist. But this one was a little too “paranormal romance”-y for me, and I agree with you that some of the plot twists were predictable. Additionally, I feel like the book’s synopsis is misleading and makes it sound like it’s all about Cassie being badass––but I feel like that was only a small portion of the book, so it was just not what I was hoping for. I never read any of the sequels though, so maybe I will give them a shot at some point and see if I like those better!

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  2. I just recently read this. It was in a box of castoff books I got from my brother. I didn’t know much about the book or the series. But it was fairly entertaining. I will admit I still am not clear on what exactly is going on LOL. That must mean there are plenty of twists.

    I will say the next book in my TBR pile after this one was Wolf Hall. I didn’t realize how much I missed a more adult-level story until I started it. Holy cow, it’s like going from a Big Wheel to a Rolls Royce.

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