The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey


To put it bluntly, this book terrified me. The first few pages had me captured, I was wrapped in suspense and immediately I knew I was going to love it. This book had me hooked from the very beginning and I cannot wait to finish and upload the second book in the series, The Infinite Sea.

The 5th Wave explains a series of attacks on mankind that have rapidly decreased the population and as the attacks have been unleashed in waves, the remaining members of the population wonder what the 5th wave will bring. I am hesitant to say more than that about the plot as I don’t want to spoil it for any potential readers, all I can say is if you haven’t already, buy this book.

The setting is predominantly in America with main cities being referenced, however because of the waves of attacks, the majority of the places mentioned are described as unrecognisable and unhabitable. The majority of the book appears as a ghost town and any mention of people such as family and friends are in the form of flashback, set before a particular attack. The world in this book does appear apocalyptic and the reason I was hooked and the reason it terrified me because it was portrayed in a realistic style.

I found the characters in this book likeable and interesting. Due to the worldwide attacks and need for survival it was interesting to read about a world as advanced as our own suddenly losing any use for the technology every human being is dependent on. I found it fascinating to read how the characters had to return to natural instincts, those which are long gone, since the wake of evolution. The characters in The 5th Wave are fighting for survival and therefore hunting, finding shelter and treating themselves medically plus many other skills are all brought into play. Yet I found it interesting to read as this is set around a generation like our own where mobile phones, laptops and iPod are our everyday necessities.

Another point on characters is that as I was reading the book I pictured Cassie Sullivan as Chloe Grace Moretz. This is entirely my own fault for having seen the casting list for the movie which I am so excited about and incredibly impatient about as it is in talks for being released January 2016. I think Chloe Grace Moretz suits the part of Cassie however it has dominated my imagination of the character and I will always see Cassie this way now. I would be interested if anyone has read the book at an earlier stage and if they thought Cassie looked different or would be better represented by another actress?

I found Rick Yancey’s writing style for this book to be gripping, fluid and enjoyable. This is the first book I have read by Yancey, however I can guarantee it will not be my last. I am keen to get my hands on another book so does anyone have any recommendations or know of any books being released that would be worth looking into?

I am giving The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey a 5 out of 5 stars on goodreads as it was in my opinion a phenomenal read. This book is a brilliant, tense, suspense laden plot that is perfectly written and with an array of exciting and likeable characters. Any fans of the dystopian or sci-fi genre would definitely enjoy this; I would even go as far as to say this book blends into many other genres too and shouldn’t be assumed as just another YA apocalyptic, sci-fi novel. It is definitely one to add to the Christmas list.



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