Mind Invading & Total Awesomeness ~ Let’s Discuss The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

OVERALL FEELING

An amazing piece of sci-fi/apocalyptic YA that will freak you out and leave you gasping. The movie is going to be EPIC!

SYNOPSIS

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 on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. 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 saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

BOOK INFO:

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Format & Pages: Hardcover, 457

Published: May 7th 2013 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Source: Providence Public Libraries

Rating:  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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COVER REVIEW: It doesn’t really reflect the creepiness/horrorificness of this book, but the overall design is good.

THE CHARACTERS

Here’s a strange tidbit for you: even though I absolutely loved this book, I actually didn’t connect to the characters very well. Which is weird, because normally in a book that you really really really love, you also love the characters. But I guess that’s just not how it worked for me this time. I liked most of them, but there weren’t any that I particularly empathized with.

Our main character is a stranded 16-year-old named Cassie (short for Cassiopeia, which she is overly-proud of). Her parents are dead and her baby brother has been taken away to a camp. Her one mission is to get her brother back and to find some sort of refuge for them both. And I didn’t love Cassie. I’m not sure what it was about her… there aren’t any glaring deficiencies with her character, and she’s very realistic. I guess she seemed a little too perfect. It’s not a very good reason for disliking her, but… you know how you can just not ‘get’ with a character once in a while?

Then we have Evan, a farm boy who saves Cassie and also develops quite a crush on her. There’s a dark and very spoilery secret to his past, which really completes him.  He’s just the most complex and amazing character I’ve ever seen. I loved him!

Ben Parish is Cassie’s ex-crush from highschool, and he is now being recruited as a soldier. Ben was adorable, and just so brave and kind… *dreamy sigh*. The way he stood up for Cassie’s younger brother was awesome.

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Our last main-ish character is Vosch, the commander, who is *supposedly* training all of these teens and children to become soldiers against the war. Vosch was very strong and powerful as a character, and I enjoyed him very much. That guy that played Wolverine’s brother is playing him in the movie, and all I can say is OMFG THIS WILL BE PERFECT.


THE PLOT

This fucking plot. OH MY GAHD. It was so creepy and freaky and amazing and beautiful and MIND BLOWING!

44e1131dbb33f743719909df6ea41004Aliens have invaded Earth, but they’re not the normal kind of aliens. They know how we think, and they have created waves of destruction to wipe out humanity. The 1st wave was no power; the 2nd wave was earthquakes and tidal waves; the 3rd wave was the blood plague; and the 4th wave was Silencers. Now the remaining people on Earth don’t know what will come next… all they do know is that no one is to be trusted.

This was DA BOMB! Seriously, one of the best YA dystopians I’ve EVER read (and there are quite a few out there, like The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Selection, Uglies, etc.). There is so much more to be explored in the sequels (and I think this is going to be a trilogy), so I am really excited.

THIS WAS AWESOME…

-The plot

-The Commander

-The aliens!

BUT THEN THIS WASN’T…

-Possible future love triangle

-Cassie (as said before, I just didn’t like her)

-BASICALLY NOTHING ELSE BECAUSE THIS BOOK WAS PERFECT

FINAL THOUGHTS

Go and read this frigging amazing book. Hell, you don’t even need to like sci-fi, or dystopians, or aliens, or ANYTHING, you will love this book.

Rating:  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Author Info:

Rick-YanceyRick is the author of fifteen novels and a memoir. His books have been published in over thirty languages and have earned numerous accolades and awards from around the world. His young adult novel, The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, was named a “Best Book of the Year” by Publishers Weekly and was nominated for the Carnegie Medal. In 2010, Rick received a Michael L. Printz Honor for The Monstrumologist. The sequel, The Curse of the Wendigo, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His latest novel, The 5th Wave, the first in an epic sci-fi trilogy, made its worldwide debut in 2013, and will soon be a major motion picture for GK Films and Sony Pictures.

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