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.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.
(re: Goodreads @ The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey)
Should this book be picked up? the tl;dr spoiler-less review:
- The world and plot is quite familiar – aliens, post-apocalypse, aliens, world domination, romance. Cool beans.
- Story-telling through varying perspectives; a mix of characterisations (fresh and prototypical).
- The writing is purposeful, connected, and tension-seeking even in downtime.
- Formulaic YA romance; which ship to sail on?
I know what you’re thinking: a narrative similar to Meyer’s ‘The Host’. And you’re absolutely right. And wrong. At the same time. Page turn. But it takes the alien invasion we know so well—sort of well, and integrates it’s own spin on things.
Oh. The feeling of staccatos above is just how many sections read. You can love or hate it, but I wasn’t too bothered by it.
With trending YA post-apocalyptic dystopian literature, it is relevance that makes this genre of narratives all the more compelling and frightening. Relevance to world-building (especially if it’s of a contemporary nature); relevance to human dynamics; and relevance depicted through multifaceted storytelling. My superficial expectations.
So does the 5th Wave’s initial instalment hit most of the marks? Yes and no.
I’ll tell you why.
Disclaimer: Potential spoilers inherent to this review from here onward.