Series: The 5th Wave #1
Date Published: 2013-05-07
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Audiobook Narrator: Brandon Espinoza, Phoebe Strole
Description: 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.
The 5th Wave was one of those books that tries of offer a unique perspective on the human condition. I give it a very high 3.5 stars. I really liked Cassie and thought her reactions and behavior were relatable and real. She really gave a good understanding of what this type of alien invasion would feel like and look like. Her sarcastic attitude helped make the book enjoyable.
I also liked how smart this book was. There are some cool quotes you can pull and some good life lessons to be learned. The 5th Wave did not give away all the secrets at once. It let you wonder for a long time who the enemy really was, who are human and who are alien. I went back and forth on my predictions.
It was close to a 4 rating, but I felt the book bogged down a bit with unexpected multiple POVs and all the details of the military base narrated by Ben Parish. Those sections could have been a lot shorter in my opinion, as I found them a bit dull. Part of the book was about Cassie narrating survival and flashing back to telling how she got to where she was, and the other part of her story line was Cassie trying to get to her brother Sammy. I typically don’t like flashback narration, but I think it was done really well here.
This book wasn’t about the romance, and yet there is a bit of a triangle going on between Cassie, her high school crush Ben Parish aka Zombie, and Evan Walker, Cassie’s rescuer (can you really call him that?). Evan really grew on me, though I found him creepy and confusing at first, like Cassie did. He seems trustworthy tough, because of everything he did to help Cassie, and I’m curious to see where that story line goes in future books in this series. But I also wonder if the story with Ben Parish will develop any. Both Ben and Cassie want to protect Cassie’s little brother Sammy, so they will be seeing a lot more of each other as the series progresses I’m sure.