the Fifth Wave by Rick Yancy
I have to admit that for the longest time, I wanted to stay away from this book. although I read The Monstrumologist and really enjoyed it, books with a lot of hype surrounding it tend to frighten me off. but, eventually I caved and read this book. This book took a while for me to get into it, but once I did I really enjoyed it.
The fifth wave in a way reminds of the Host, the plot is a little similar with alien invasions, but what really made me think that they were alike was the fact that it feels like a sci-fi written for non sci-fi lovers. Which is fine, might I add, since it makes it really entertaining, but doesn’t include the thought-provoking and world building that books like Ray Bradbury’s do. Meaning, that this was a fun, entertaining read, but with no real depth, just pure entertainment. That being said, I still really liked it and am anxiously awaiting the sequel.
The story centers around a girl named Cassie who is all alone trying to survive in a world that is invaded by aliens. It took me a while to get it into it, since the beginning was all back story and not much happened. But, finally, about halfway in, things start to pick up and the action and suspense was a joy to read about.
My main problem was the romance. I felt it was too rushed and I had no feeling for Evan and Cassie’s relationship. It was just so unnecessary and at times nauseating. I’m also scared that there might be a love triangle coming up. I do NOT need that.
Also, like I stated, it took almost halfway to get into it. Up until then, it was rather boring. Even past that, there were times I was a little bored whenever it was Cassie’s POV. I wanted more badass butt kicking from her, and less “oh, he’s sooo attractive.” Good lord.
I did really like “Zombie’s” perspective though, and appreciated the suspense that was built within the alternating povs. His storyline seemed to hold the most amount of action.
I like Cassie as a character and thought she was very brave, yet could break down at times. I love her dedication toward her brother and how she never gave up. She also was a little sarcastic and could be a little mouthy at times, which I love. She was likable and real. But, please stop talking about Evan. I don’t care.
All together, The Fifth Wave has plenty enough action to keep you on your toes. If you’re looking for a fun, fast paced book, this one’s for you. But, beware, this has more romance than needed. (and once again, Harry Potter manages to display my emotions perfectly.)