The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (and its series titles The Infinite Sea and The Last Star) is my favorite sci-fi series. It was the first science-fiction series that I have ever read, and it has me totally hooked on the genre.

 

Goodreads summary for The 5th Wave:

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.

 

My Review for The 5th Wave:

Plot:

SO FASCINATING. Aliens have invaded earth and begun wiping us out in really crappy ways. There are only a few thousand people alive when the story begins. It’s heartbreaking and it puts you in a mindset of “what if this really happened?”

Characters:

Rick Yancey did a fantastic job of curating characters that we would sometimes grow very annoyed with, but always ultimately love. These characters have the strongest back bones ever, and are incredibly resilient to constantly combat the challenges put forward by their imminent death-sentence.

Tone:

Yancey is a mastermind of curating wit, sarcasm, intelligence, metaphor, heartache, disaster, hope, and despair. It’s the kind of writing style where you want to take your time and read every little sentence because he’s hidden away something clever and you’re afraid you’re going to miss something huge.

Ending:

Here’s the thing that kind of maybe slightly put me off about this series. There were tons of amazing plot twists and turns all throughout this journey, but by the time the ending rolled around, I found myself to be incredibly confused. I had some questions left unanswered, and I don’t know if it’s just because I was reading quickly because I was very excited about finishing the series, or what happened. But basically I have a hard time wrapping my mind around what actually went down, and I’m not sure if it was intentionally vague or if I’m just missing something.

I definitely give The 5th Wave a 4.5/5. I’m docking .25 points because I felt like sometimes when we switched around character POVs their individual voices sorta sounded the same and it took a bit to recognize who was talking, and .25 because of my confusion at the ending.

4.5 stars

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey Inside Cover Novel

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