Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th waveVerdict:
Title: The 5th Wave
Author: Rick Yancey
Publish Date: 5 May 2013
Publisher: Puffin
Pages: 480
Genre: YA, sci-fi, dystopia
Source: Spinebreakers (Penguin), finished copy

An apocalyptic thriller that genuinely makes you unable to put down the book. At first I was quite sceptic of The 5th Wave as I felt the writing style was pretty overdramatic (obviously it’s not going to be a bag of laughs when you think you are the last living person on the planet). But, what I mean to say is that what was annoying was how Zombie’s narrative voice primarily sounded the same as Cassie’s. That was pretty off-putting. Although eventually Rick Yancey found his voice for each individual narrative and The 5th Wave transformed into a very clever approach to a genre already established by many.

Cassie has only one reason to stay alive after aliens attach our planet Earth. The 4th Wave installed that no one could be trusted and now the 5th Wave is coming. What is it? You’ll have to read to find out.

I loved how this book switched between different characters so you could gain an insight into the invasion from different perspectives. Although, not every twist was unexpected, there were some shocks that I couldn’t stop myself from gasping out loud (even when I was on a bus packed full with people).

My only other irritation for this book was that I wish it was a bit shorter. It is a pretty quick read when you get into it, but there is some description here and there that could have been skipped out.

I’m extremely excited for the 6th Wave. There. Better. Be. A. Sixth. Wave. And I hope more characters from Cassie’s past make an introduction.

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