The 5th Wave left me feeling pretty drained and exhausted.
For the best reasons.
But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Let’s have a little synopsis, shall we?
Within a span of less than a year, the world has turned upside down. Sixteen-year-old Cassie saw how people reacted when alien ship first arrived. Some were excited, some panicked – but no one expected the truth.
Just how much smarter they truly were than humans.
First there was the 1st Wave, then a 2nd, then a 3rd and a horrifying 4th.
Each Wave cost humanity more and more until there’s very few left – and of those Cassie knows one thing above all else: trust no one.
A single purpose keeps Cassie moving – all alone, hungry, tired – a promise she made to her baby brother Sam.
That she would find him again. That they’d be together again.
Maybe it’s impossible – but that promise is keeping Cassie alive right now.
But on the horizon… the 5th Wave is coming.
Pretty vague, I know. But you really want to go into The 5th Wave in the dark as much as possible. Seriously, this is a book to go on a ride with.
The 5th Wave is compelling, gripping and intriguing from the start. I was hooked in less than 50 pages.
Cassie is a great character, providing some humor amidst the horrifying twists and turns. She’s strong but believable and altogether a great heroine.
As the story develops, it’s stunning, frightening, creepy and oh-so-suspenseful. Yancey provides addictive, dramatic writing that hypnotized me! It’s emotional and grounded yet very creative sci-fi.
The aliens presented here – in my opinion – are scarier than any I’ve seen in movies or TV before. If anything, I’d say the 70s version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Stephanie Meyer’s The Host have some similarities with The 5th Wave – and are two of my favorite alien based stories – but that’s about it.
The 5th Wave was actually difficult for me to read at times. Not because it wasn’t good – not by far – but because it disturbed me. It had moments that were so sad – so disquieting.
With shocking twists, intellectual complexity and even a surprising romantic element, The 5th Wave keeps you on your toes!!!
When I finished it, my thoughts were: WOW.
I am going to clamor for the next book – no doubt!!
Side note: In the Acknowledgements, Rick Yancey mentioned her lost his dog while writing The 5th Wave. I want to provide my deepest sympathies to his loss, which I have also felt deeply with my kitties Ritchie and Rusty whom I always miss. What sweet, loving creatures animals are!