The 5th Wave
By Rick Yancy
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.
Why I picked it up: I suppose I just can’t get enough of the apocalypse. Plus I read a lot of good early reviews about it.
Why I finished it: I’ve read a lot of post-apocalyptic stuff recently, but this one was my favorite in a while. I really liked Cassie a lot, and that can be hard to find in YA post-apocalyptic/dystopian novels. The leading ladies are often one-dimensional and honestly can get kind of annoying. But not Cassie. She felt genuine, and she made me laugh even in her darkest hours. The storyline was actually interesting too, aliens being for some reason often overlooked in plausible apocalypse stories. And these aliens are particularly interesting. I just hope the next book can live up to the standards set by this one!
I’d give it to: Basically anyone willing to read it.
I’d give it: 4 stars
Reviewed by: Nina (Haggard Library)