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But if I’m it, the last of my kind, the last page of human history, like hell I’m going to let the story end this way. I may be the last one, but I am the one still standing. I am the one turning to face the faceless hunter in the woods on an abandoned highway. I am the one not running but facing. Because if I am the last one, then I am humanity. And if this is humanity’s last war, then I am the battlefield” – The 5th Wave by: Rick Yancey

Initial Thoughts: About three month ago, I watched the movie adaptation of The 5th Wave. The movie ends on a huge cliffhanger and I was desperate to find out what happens to the main characters, and so, I decided to read the book. The 5th Wave is a trilogy of three books, (The 5th Wave, The Infinite Sea, The Last Star).


The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)

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” – Goodreads

The Review

The first wave: all electricity is shut off for ever. The second wave: destruction and disasters. The third wave: disease. The fourth wave: Infiltration. The fifth wave is coming…

Before the arrival of “the Others,” Cassie Sullivan was just an ordinary high school student with a huge crush on Ben Parish, the most popular boy at school. Now, she must find a way to stay alive and keep her family safe. All of a sudden, Earth has been invaded by mysterious visitors who wreck havoc on humanity in waves. With each wave, the human population quickly dwindles. With over 97% of the population dead, the remainder are left wondering when will the fifth wave will hit….

After watching the movie, I realized… wow, I already know the huge plot twist. So, I was a little underwhelmed. Mind you, the entire novel is intense, and even though I knew how everything was going to play out (more or less), I was completely captivated.

The 5th Wave is part alien-invasion and part post-apocalyptic dystopia, a cross between The War of the Worlds and The Maze Runner. Like The War of The Worlds, the aliens (for the large part of the novel) remain hidden and an unknown threat from afar. Their lurking invisibility makes them all the more frightening, the fear of the unknown about to strike at any time.

I was very surprised how the story was divided up into alternating perspectives with two main perspectives. The first main perspective is narrated in the perspective of Cassie Sullivan, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been separated from her brother. Cassie desperately tries to find her brother, but a silencer (an assassin) is watching her from afar. Any wrong move, and she is dead. The second main perspective is narrated by Ben Parish, Cassie’s crush from high school. Ben has lost his entire family, and he is fuelled with rage. He decides to enroll in the army to train to take down The Others on a futile mission. Usually, I don’t typically like alternating narratives because I tend to be more invested in a certain character’s narration than the other (or others). Both Cassie and Ben have completely different experiences with their survival, and I was equally interested in both perspectives. 

I would recommend The 5th Wave to fans of dystopian novels such as The Maze Runner, and The War of the Worlds.

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About the Book 

Title: The 5th Wave 
Author: Rick Yancey 
Series: The 5th Wave (Book #1: The 5th Wave, Book #2: The Infinite Sea, Book #3: The Last Star)
Year Published: 
Recommended? Yes
Similar to: The Maze Runner by: James Dashner, The War of the Worlds by: H.G. Wells
Received: Borrowed - Library 
Genres & Subjects: fiction, young adult, dystopian, aliens, science fiction


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Until Next Time,