Book Review: The 5th Wave (YA)

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1) by Rick Yancey

Goodreads Summary:
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.

My Review:
This book sucked me in right away. I listened to the audio, and I loved the writing and the narrators. The story primarily alternates between first person POV of Cassie and Ben. Cassie is alone after her parents died and her brother was taken in the earlier waves of an alien invasion. Ben is being trained as a soldier to fight in the impending war. Both characters had such true emotions. I loved being inside their heads.

The story jumps around a bit because it starts after the 4th wave but then fills in the gaps with non-sequential backstory. That made it a little hard to follow, especially as I was listening while doing other things. But I really didn’t mind very much because I was so drawn to the characters and their struggles to stay alive.

Cassie’s father was such a great parent in the flashbacks. I loved his desire to protect his children from the awful truth, his ability to understand the motives of the aliens, and ultimately his honesty with Cassie about their situation.

I also was really affected by the character of Sammy, Cassie’s 5-year old brother, who is the plot point that brings Cassie’s and Ben’s stories together. Both Cassie and Ben are great older siblings with such love and attention to their younger siblings – and Ben to Sammy as well later in the story.

I can’t wait to see how this book translates into a movie. And I need to get the second book ASAP.

My Rating: 4 Stars
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