The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey is a quite realistic and grim portrayal of a hostile alien invasion, where the aliens aren’t little green men that you can easily shoot and the mystery of why they’ve come isn’t something you really want to solve. I bought The 5th Wave as soon as it came out and then of course it sat all pretty on my shelf for over a year before I got the audiobook and finally read it! The 5th Wave is a crazy intense book and listening to it while driving might not be the best plan, but if you like alien invasion then you should definitely check it out!
Note: I listened to The 5th Wave on audio and this definitely changes my opinion on the book.
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Narrated by Brandon Espinoza, Phoebe Strole
(The 5th Wave #1)
Published by Putnam Juvenille on May 7th, 2013
Genres: Post Apocalyptic, Sci-fi, YA
Page Length: 457 pages
How I got my copy: Purchased
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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.
- I’m honestly pretty judgmental of alien apocalypse stories and have a little checklist of realistic elements that I look for. The 5th Wave passed with flying colors and I’m very much convinced that hostile aliens might just use this book as a battle plan in the future >.>.
- The 5th Wave has a fair amount of joking and humor in between the fights for survival, and that comic relief was just enough to keep me from getting really depressed about Cassie’s life!
- Sammy is Cassie’s little brother and the flashbacks about him were SO CUTE. The narration for Sammy’s voice made me just want to hug him indefinitely. I enjoyed the other characters as well, but Sammy will always stick with me (I blame my maternal clock ticking).
- There is some point of view switching as you get into The 5th Wave and while I was at first surprised, I thought it was a good touch to give us a better idea of what all is going on in the world.
- The 5th Wave has a lot of intrigue and plot twists, which I love. I actually had to talk to a friend afterward to try to get it all sorted in my brain in preparation for The Infinite Sea :D.
- The female narrator was fine for the audiobook, but the male narrator had a weird whistle that cropped up on some of his S’s. It was like he was a little too close to the mic or something, but it kept making my ears hurt and I couldn’t get my volume at the right level to avoid it :(.
- There is a fair amount of crying opportunity in The 5th Wave which isn’t all that great when you are driving. It might be better to read this one just to prevent accidents >.>.
- I have gotten into darker stories recently, but The 5th Wave was still a bit too depressing for me at times. It does a great job of capturing the feeling of “most of the population is dead and we are probably doomed,” but there is only so much of that I can take in a book before needing a break. Hence, it took me a while to finish this one.
- After finishing The 5th Wave, I was still confused about one major plot point, which annoyed me, but I’m really hoping it gets addressed in subsequent books.
The 5th Wave is a book I had meant to read for a while and I’m really glad that I was finally able to fit it in. I loved parts of the narration and didn’t like other parts, so I’m conflicted as to whether to recommend the audiobook or not. If you are okay with a pretty bleak story about an alien invasion (keeping in mind that there is a second book coming), then you should definitely pick up The 5th Wave. Just don’t expect it to be particularly happy most of the time….
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
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