Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave, #1)The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Putnam Juvenile
Pages: 457
Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure, Drama
Series: The 5th Wave #1
Source: Publisher

Goodreads Synopsis:

The Passage meets Ender’s Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey.

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 Thoughts:

I wasn't sure what to expect with this one. I am not usually a fan of sci-fi, but I had heard such great things that I had to read it for myself and I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I really, really enjoyed it. It was so different and intense and fast paced, that you can’t help but get sucked into the story.
Cassie’s world has been torn apart and the only thing keeping her going is a promise that she made to her brother. A promise to come for him. But when Cassie is saved by a mysterious stranger everything she thought she knew is blown apart, when she finally realizes that this is a war that humanity may not win. Ben’s life, along with every other remaining survivor, is all about beating the enemy. But who is the enemy? How can you take a fight against something you can’t see? Ben learns that everything he has been trained to do will help end the rest of humanity. But how can he fix it?
I really enjoyed this book. There is something about Rick’s writing style that will captivate you. I was able to fully submerge myself into the story and at times I felt like I was there, which is kind of scary. But needless to say, The 5th Wave is an amazing story and I am thrilled to have read it.

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