Sunday, May 12, 2013

Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

I just couldn't wait for my hardcover to arrive. So I had to read it on my iPad. Which I do not regret, because this book was amazing. And it was worth the few short months I had to wait for it. Now I'm just going to go die for a bit while I wait for the sequel coming out in August 2014 :) I've heard people not liking the cover. I don't get it. Because I think this cover is stunning.

I loved this book from the very beginning. And it's an amazing beginning. The book is sort of told from four point of views, but mostly by Cassie. I liked that. Although most of the time I just wanted the writing to get back to Cassie and Evan, hih. Yeah. The writing in this book is amazing. Truly amazing. Didn't find any faults with it, and I loved that. I really enjoyed it.

I'm not going to recap the plot and summary. Because I'm not like that. Just going to mention a few things about the story, just not too much, because I don't want to spoil any of the important big things. The 5th Wave is about an alien invasion. For the most part. There is this huge ship up in the sky, and ten days after they have all spotted it, the first wave happens. All power is out. Everything. Then the second and third and fourth wave. They were all pretty awful. and most of the billions of people died.

I loved the story in this book. I really, really loved it. It's pretty awful and amazing at the same time. It's seemed real. Which I loved even more. It creeped me out. It made me smile, which was kind of weird. Yet it was all so perfect. The book starts after the fourth wave, but we also get glimpses into the past about everything that happened. Before the waves. After the first and second and third. I loved those glimpses. They were amazing, and we got to know lots of important things. Sigh. It was all perfect.

The beginning of this book is told from the point of view of Cassie. A sixteen year old girl. And she's all alone. We learn the whys of that too. Which was all kinds of heartbreak, yet I loved every moment of it. Cassie is an amazing main character. She's strong and kind and so protective of her little brother Sammy. Sniffs. I just loved reading about her, and I also kind of wish the entire book had been from her point of view, but also not, because I loved reading from all the other characters too. Hmm. Mostly :)

There is a small part told from the point of view of a hunter. Kind of creepy, but I also loved it. We also see a bit told from the point of view of five year old Sammy. I loved that. But it also broke my heart, because it was awful to read. Then almost most of the book is told from the point of view of Zombie. Who's kind of a big deal to Cassie, kind of. Before the alien invasion. I did enjoy reading from him. Kind of. Still unsure if I like him or not. But he was very interesting, I suppose. So I did like him a tiny bit.

There is also this character named Evan. Who I loved reading about so much. There is some romance between him and Cassie. Which I loved. It might happen a bit fast, yet I wanted it to happen even faster. Because they are perfect together. Sigh. And the world is ending, lol. I loved Evan. He's sweet and caring and all kinds of awesome. Okay, he's keeping a few secrets. But I didn't blame him for that, and it kind of made me think he was even more badass and awesome. I just couldn't help loving him.

There is just so many characters in this book. We see Cassie's family a bit, and they were awesome, but also; heartbreak. Then there are the Others. We don't see too much of them, and I'm so curious. But I loved what we saw. Even though it was mostly awful. Loved it. There is also this Camp Haven. Not saying anything about it. But there are so many kids there.. And we get to know many of them. Kind of forgetting the names, but I loved reading about them all. Sigh. Especially Nugget and Zombie together.

There is just so much happening in this book. And yet not enough. I did not want it to end. And I just need the sequel right away. There is a lot of action and heartbreak and a bit of romance. I loved every moment. I just could not stop reading it, and I didn't want to. I'm not sure how I felt about the ending. Heartbroken. But I will hope. I must hope. I just cannot wait to see what happens in the sequel. Didn't talk too much about the plot, because it's so amazing, and you all need to read it yourself to see that.

I'm so glad I read The 5th Wave. Although the waiting for book two might kill me. I'm not sure if I can call the ending a cliffhanger. But to me personally it was one. I need to know what happened. To Evan. Yeah. I need to know. The ending kind of killed me. But it's also a good ending. Sort of. I just cannot wait to read book two and three. Hoping they will be just as epic as this one was. If you are nervous about reading this, don't be. Because The 5th Wave is amazing and you all need to read it. Truly.


  1. Brilliant review, Carina!! :) I loved this one too. Oh my heart, Evan was just lovely, even with his secrets, maybe more so because of them. I'm with you about the cover, I love it! The wait for the next book is sooo long!! It's like a year and a half. Agony!

  2. This book sounds so good. I loved your review. I also think it is great that you didn't want this book to end. The cover is AWESOME!

  3. Wonderful review Carina! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I love the cover too. I liked Cassie's POV the best too.

  4. Oh, Carina I am so happy that you enjoyed this! It has to be one of my fave reads of the year so far. I loved Evan, too. Great review!

  5. I've heard great things about this. The only negative I have heard is the multiple pov's. Glad you enjoyed it! Great review.

    YA Sisterhod

  6. The ending was definitely brilliant. I can't wait to find out what happened to Evan there! I did at times wonder if this would have been stronger being told from just Cassie's point of view, but then I don't think the plot would have been quite as exciting. I loved this one overall too and can't wait for the next. Awesome review, Carina! :)

  7. Yay, I'm glad you enjoyed this! I hadn't seen people not liking the cover. THEY MUST BE CRAZY, because I think it's awesome, too! :)

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  8. Wow, another awesome trilogy to be thrilled about! I hadn't planned to read The 5th Wave, but with all the excitement buzzing through the blogosphere, I can't resist a second longer! Awesome review, you really loved this!:)


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