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.
Have you heard of a little thing called a book hangover? It’s a term I discovered online relating to books leaving lasting impacts on their readers, in a way that they can’t think about anything else but that one book for days after reading it.
That’s exactly how I felt about this book!
The 5th Wave follows the story of Cassie, a survivor of an alien invasion; the problem is she has no idea who they are, what they want and most importantly, what they look like. It’s her mission to survive in a world with no power, no people and no hope. The only thought that keeps her going is her younger brother and the idea that she will find him and save them both.
The invasion happened in waves, taking out the majority population of earth in just a few months. But another one is coming, Cassie doesn’t know when or how but she can feel it approaching and now with a strange boy bursting into her life, she begins to question what the 5th wave is?
Rick Yancey has down an incredible job with building a story that is equalling suspenseful and compelling but also emotional and thought provoking. The story is told primarily through Cassie’s eyes, but what makes this story amazing, is the change in perspective the reader gets, seeing the story from behind enemy lines and from the perspective of other survivors.
The big pull for this story is the great unknown, who are the aliens? Are they among us and if so, who can you trust? This question drives the story and is a great sedge way for more novels and more stories. It leads the reader down a twisting and winding path into the invasion, always keeping the reader guessing and shocking them at end of every chapter.
This book truly is a book that will keep you guessing and make you unable to think of anything else whilst and after reading it.
4.5 stars out of 5