"The Fifth Wave"

"The Fifth Wave"

The Fifth Wave

by Rick Yancey

Series: "The Fifth Wave" #1
Genre: YA Science-Fiction
Published: June 7th, 2013
by Penguin




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 17-year-old Cassie is on the run. 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 herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death.


“If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much like when Christopher Columbus landed in America. And look how well that turned out for the Native Americans.” Stephen Hawking

The 5th Wave is a solid addition to the young adult genre. It is filled with constant, non-stop action and a dash of romance, making it a sure winner to teens and adults alike.

Forget about flying saucers and little green men and giant mechanical spiders spitting out death rays. The truth is, once they found us, we were toast.

The aliens have finally found us, and are killing humans by the thousands through a series of waves.

  • The 1st Wave: Wipe out electricity
  • The 2nd Wave: Natural disasters
  • The 3rd Wave: A deadly plague
  • The 4th Wave: “Silencers”

When 17-year-old Cassie Sullivan’s brother is kidnapped right in front of her eyes, Cassie is determined to get him back. But, with the 5th Wave looming, will she survive long enough for them to be reunited?

Cassie herself is a very strong heroine, physically and mentally. She is loyal to those she loves and completely determined to reach her goal, and these qualities make her extremely easy to root for.

My only criticism is that there are some aspects of the world building that aren’t thoroughly discussed. We never learn about the alien’s motivations or why they even came to Earth in the first place (to colonize? To simply kill of all humans? To use the land?), and this makes it hard to see both sides of the story.

In the end, this is a thoroughly entertaining and action-packed read that I’d highly recommend to fans of Divergent (same action-packed writing style) or I am Number Four.


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