Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Review: The 5th Wave

The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave, #1)
Title: The 5th Wave
Author: Rick Yancey
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Source: Hardcover, 457 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Fantasy, Post-Apocalyptic, Sci-Fi

SUMMARY: 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.


Who can you trust when your enemy looks just like you?

The 5th Wave  is The Stand meets Ender’s Game meets The Hunger Games meets--ah, just read it!

This. Book. Is. AMAZING! You know the type of book that makes you forget that you exist and that you need sleep and food and social interaction and… general movement? This is that type of book. 

Yancey’s supremely crafted apocalyptic alien world had me fully absorbed, right down to the very nucleotides in my DNA. I haven’t read a book that rocks this hard in a while. 

It has everything. Expertly executed atmosphere and world building---dark, gritty, and suspenseful, with just the right amount of creep-factor. Realistic character development and a full spectrum of POV’s. Perfect pacing and killer plot twists. 

Oh, and did I mention the butt-kicking? Because there is 


Thank you Rick Yancey for restoring my faith in the future of this genre! 

I think the only reason I couldn't recommend this book to everyone I know would be the profanity. It's not overwhelming and doesn't detract from the plot, but I wouldn't give this book to a younger reader because of it.

I will definitely be reading the next books in this series--and everything else by this talented author.


Moderate (occasional swearing, F-word used)
Violence: Moderate-High (military violence, guns, explosions, one graphic scene)
Sexuality: Mild (kissing)

This review also appears on Goodreads and

1 comment:

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...