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- ASIN : B009VMC7UO
- Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (May 7, 2013)
- Publication date : May 7, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 6348 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 494 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #59,579 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story unfolds nicely. It is a YA novel, but I thought it was pretty good. We don't find out what the 5th Wave is going to be until near the end of the book (because, folks, this is a trilogy series), but things unfold during he book that helps you guess where it is going. Cassie, the main character, is a strong female lead (and a 16 year old) whose love for her little brother keeps her from giving up.
Yes, there are mushy teenage moments, but what YA novel doesn't have that? I don't think it took away from the story at all. I am anxious to see where this series is going. I think I am going to have to sneak in reading the second book even though it isn't on my challenge list.
While the set up in this first installment was really quite articulate and left a great deal of promise, I must rate it as part of a whole and so doing must rate it to reflect the wandering ineffectual second installment which had no real beginning or end but just simply was as well as the third installment which seemed to accept the eventual destruction of man but ended with sacrificing the character I probably most liked in the entire series. At times the motives of the characters was nearly indecipherable. And the author was so willing to kill characters that in the end I felt like I was Quentin Tarantino film - there were so many deaths, they stopped feeling like tragedies and became merely plot devices to move forward a story that didn't seem to know where it was going until it got there.
If you enjoy reading alien invasion, end of the world, doomsday books then you’ll definitely enjoy this one.
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That having been said, at first I loved it. Starts with Cassie, who is 16, in the later stages (the 4th wave) of the takeover of Earth by aliens. Back to when they first appear - a ship, hovering near us in space for 10 days, while the entire country is in uproar about what it might mean.
The 1st wave is an EMP blackout that wipes out the electrical grid. The 2nd is a spate of tsunamis around all coastal areas, forcing survivors into the centre of all countries. 3rd, a plague that wipes out 97% of humanity. The 4th is discovered only gradually - apparent humans who are 'infested' with something that alters their brains to make them think like the aliens.
First we see what happens to Cassie, from the 1st-4th waves. Next, a chapter from the POV of a teenage boy, who actually survives the plague. Thirdly, one from the POV of one of the soldiers whose was impregnanted with whatever it is that the aliens put there - this happened 4 years before. This part, in particular, I found most absorbing.
Then we go forward a little and find Cassie trapped in the snow, almost dead. This is where the book fell down for me. Her saviour just happens to be an amazingly hot-looking guy of around 18, who is living in a cabin alone. Somehow, he has all the equipment and know-how to save her from certain death. Despite them having lost everything, being in horrendous danger and, no doubt, deep shock, the two engage in flirtatious teen banter, and it becomes more like the sort of romance I would have abandoned even when I was at the younger end of the book's target market. So I stopped reading it, which was shame, because the rest of it was SO good. I might go back to it, and just skip-read the romance bits. I'm not sure.
"They are coming for us.
All of us..."
Whoa, what a journey! Like, seriously, I'm not sure my world has stopped spinning yet it's so bloody fantastic.
I'm a little late to the party, especially considering that the last book in this trilogy has been released, and not too long ago (don't worry, I picked it up, which was brave considering I hadn't read the first entry yet). I've seen the film, which I think is fine, and, accidentally (curse you Google!), while perusing online for some info I spoiled the end of the series for myself (what was I thinking?).
But, neither do anything to rob me of my enjoyment. The 5th Wave is a tremendous story of survival, loneliness and trust; three themes that author Rick Yancey perfectly portrays in a plot rife with action and emotion. The apocalyptic landscape is a wonder to behold and the characters that populate it are all diverse and layered.
A smashing foundation for a trilogy.
Synopsis (This time round, I'll be using the blurb that comes with my edition of the book.)
THE 1ST WAVE
TOOK OUT HALF A MILLION PEOPLE.
THE 2ND WAVE
PUT THAT NUMBER TO SHAME.
THE 3RD WAVE
LASTED A LITTLE LONGER, TWELVE WEEKS...FOUR BILLION DEAD.
IN THE 4TH WAVE,
YOU CAN'T TRUST THAT PEOPLE ARE STILL PEOPLE.
AND THE 5TH WAVE?
NO ONE KNOWS.
BUT IT'S COMING.
On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs.
Runs from beings that only look human,
who have scattered Earth's last survivors.
To stay alone is to stay alive,
until she meets Evan Walker.
Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be her only hope.
Now Cassie must choose: between trust and despair,
between defiance and surrender, between life and death.
Plot - 4.5/5 Stars
The 5th Wave is one of those novels that has you right from the start. Yancey mixes the present with the past, showing us where characters are and the trials that they went through to get there. It's not seamless, but it's pretty darn close. It's not an easy balance to achieve, especially when tenses are switching so often. The stage is set with emotional scenes that depict an Earth ravaged by alien invaders, and the quality is on point.
Action offsets the exposition, and once we're past the past, the present is a hooking ride. The way the author imbues his novel with so many dark themes but still manages to keep a sliver of light is remarkable.
There is a lull in the middle, I will admit, but, for me personally, with such an interesting story of survival championed with such an exceptional cast, I can't muster any annoyance.
There are a few things that I'm not entirely sure of or understand, but they're small things that border on being completely inconsequential. And when we reach the explosive ending, Yancey answers enough to satisfyingly close the novel while keeping a few cliffhangers to make sure we're salivating for more.
Pace - 4.5/5 Stars
While The 5th Wave has its fast-paced moments, I wouldn't necessarily call it a fast-paced novel, and that's not a negative. The delicious themes demand time and effort, and both are apparent. The depth of the cast eclipses the overall plot, but that plot is still a wicked ride. The beginning might prove difficult for some considering the rapidly switching tenses, but a little focus during that part should prove invaluable.
As a whole, it's consistent. Aside from that lull in the middle, it's riveting.
Characters - 5/5 Stars
The 5th Wave's cast is my favourite aspect of the novel. It's phenomenal. The chemistry and development are intricately woven throughout this alien-infested landscape. With trust out the window and isolation most people's only friend, the unpredictability of scenes is a definite highlight.
I adore Cassie, our marginally predominant protagonist (we do get other viewpoints). She's a screwed up human being whose morality has been completely splintered. Her compassion wars with her fear, and that palpable inability to trust makes the romantic relationship with mysterious Evan all the more sweeter. Her progression from scattered victim to capable survivor is wonderful, and is only bolstered by how much fun her sarcastic voice is.
Zombie, or Ben, is likely second when it comes to the time given to the various viewpoints. And the fascination doesn't dim. Where Cassie is driven more by the sheer determination to understand and fit in a new world, Zombie works more from undiluted guilt. He has a heart of gold, but that hasn't stopped him from making choices that haunt his every second. His beginnings are a realistic look at someone in such a contentious environment; a merciless gut-punch that asks the reader to be honest about what they'd do in a life-or-death situation.
Now, Cassie and Ben know one another, with both having attended the same high school (plus Cassie had a major crush on Ben, while he largely only knew her in passing). But in this new world you just don't trust anyone, and while most have adopted the mindset of never hoping again, little Sam, Cassie's young brother, becomes the novel's link between worlds, and I love that. Sam's development follows him toughening up in a world gone deadly, but he also keeps the ideal of hope alive when it's missing from most.
Our last main, main character (in my opinion, there are more people) is Evan, the stranger steeped in the unknown that saves Cassie from certain death. I won't go too much into it, because I don't want this review having any spoilers, but his identity crisis and personality are two fantastic elements to the story.
The way the characters are placed and moved and worked around one another is a thrilling experience.
Writing - 4/5 Stars
There's a certain philosophical aspect to Yancey's writing in this novel that really has you contemplating everything. While the world is in the middle of an alien invasion, the parallels between the fictional and the real really have the reader absorbed.
Scenes, for the most part, are clear and built well; the switching tenses at the beginning can jar a little, but keep with it, it evens out; and be wary for swapping viewpoints, because I know some folks absolutely hate that (I don't, especially when each character rocks, like here).
Overall - 4.5/5 Stars
Better late than never. I am so glad to have finally started this trilogy.
Keep up the great work, Mr Yancey, I shall see you all in the next entry!
In 5 months the would has changed. Humanity is all but been wiped out in 4 terrifying waves. With Humanity facing extinction the story follows Cassie who could by the last human alive. She has seen her species and family destroyed. She is even too beaten down for revenge, all she has is a promise to fulfill. This is a chilling emotional stroy of that made me want to just keep reading till it was finished. I enjoyed every moment of the book. Comparing Cassie to other the main characters of book like Twilight or the Hunger Games, Cassie is tougher then Bella and more likeable/relatable that Katniss. She is more like Tris from the Divergent series. I just loved this book I can't wait for the next in the series.
I understand this has been made into a movie. I can totally see why Hollywood choose to do so. I, myself, will NOT be seeing the film. Books turned movies are always such a disappointment, and Hollywood always change to much. Mr Yancey has written a beautifully 'illustrated' book, you can see the pictures in your mind. I don't want a movie to ruin that for me.
The last book of this genre I read was The Hunger Games trilogy. I didn't think anything could beat it. The 5th Wave has knocked it right off my top spot!!
Congratulations Mr Yancey.
Bring on book 2!!!