Review | The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy

5thwave
Format: Paperback, 512 Pages
Published: May 7th 2013
Genre: Dystopian, Futuristic, Action
ISBN: 9780142425831
Age Range: 13+
Rating: 4/5

When I first heard that Rick Yancy was publishing another YA series, but focusing more on the apocalyptic side of things, I was intrigued. Doing books (and movies/tv shows) that are about an apocalyptic event, rather than the aftermath (dystopian), can occasionally fail to be properly executed.

After the book was released, I frequented a bookstore checking for the new Richelle Mead and Kelley Armstrong titles, and each time, The 5th Wave was always a recommendation of one particular book seller.  Now, I have a variety of lists, and depending on my moods and tastes, books can be raised or dropped depending on a few things. Interest, reviews, and what I consider to be, harping: Constantly telling someone they need to reach or watch something, to the point that you no longer have an interest in it.

This is exactly what happened with The 5th Wave. Each time I went into this store, no matter how I tried to explain otherwise, or ask for other recommendations, this person would not let it go. It got to the point where I began shopping online in order to prevent myself from being accosted, and I lost all interest in ever wanting to read the book, because of the consistent badgering.

Now clearly that’s changed, as you’re sitting here waiting for me to get to the *actual* review portion of the post. Late last fall, I attended an event with Rick Yancy’s publishing house, and the way that the book was presented and discussed, suddenly piqued my interest again. It took me a few weeks to go and buy it, and then actually get to it as well, but I have to admit, it was actually well worth the hype.

Cassie Sullivan is alone. Her brother Sammy has been taken; her father is dead. She is completely and utterly alone and can trust no one. On her journey to find and save her brother, she is attacked, and believes herself dead. Until Evan Walker rescues her. As she heals, and begins to find herself trusting and even loving Evan, things are not what they seem.

The aliens who’ve taken over earth? They’ve disguised themselves as us. With this terrifying realization that  you can no longer tell alien and human apart, Cassie agrees to let Evan accompany her to find Sammy, and nothing more.

But, it wouldn’t be a dystopian YA novel, if the storyline ended with the rescue of Sammy and nothing further. With an intriguing love-triangle (of sorts), a cast of characters that tug at your heartstrings, and the idea that this is a novelized (and better) version of ‘War of the Worlds’, it’s a book that I’ve now begun recommending to all my friends to read. A movie is scheduled to be released sometime in 2016 starring Chloe Grace Moretz as Cassie.

Sequel’s: The Infinite Sea (2014); The Lost Star (2016)

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