The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Title: The 5th Wave
Author: Rick Yancey
Publication Date: May 7th 2013
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.
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I could not put down this book, and I could've devoured this in seconds but because of exams coming up, I had to stretch out the time reading. And I'm glad I did that because if I didn't, I would've zoomed past and probably be dying over to wait for the next book.
This book took me through an epic fantasy, with an alien invasion (not those green slimy ones that we all see) and the survival of the humans. It wasn't all about the alien wanting to get rid of us, it was about us not getting rid of ourselves. I know that doesn't make any sense at all to those who haven't read this book yet, but when you pick it up, you will know what I am talking about. So please, pick it up NOW!
Of course, the first main character we get introduced to is Cassie, not for Cassandra or whatever, but short for Cassiopea. She'd lost both of her parents during the 4th Wave, and now looking for her brother while trying to survive in this apocalyptic world. I love Cassie, she wasn't the bad-ass type I was accustomed to, but she wasn't one of those stuck-up girls either. I love how she cares about her brother and her parents, I mean, if we were in an alien invasion right now, I would be running for my life. Cassie was brave, sometimes a bit selfish (but we're human, we have to have to flaws, right?).
Now the story didn't just go around the plot of the alien invasion, it rolls around the fact about trust, about survival, and about love. I mean, of course, we shouldn't trust a lot of people in an apocalypse, but when we give up trust, do we give up love?
There were other characters too, Ben Parish, who Cassie was in love with her whole life, and Evan Walker. There were loads of twists and turns about trust and how to survive while walking into a death trap. I love the whole plot, it was just so...awesomely epic. All of the fights and killings in this book made me just want to join in the journey of Cassie, even though it wasn't a journey at all.
Rick did an awesome job creating up this whole world of alien invasion, he didn't leave details out. Some authors try to include every single detail, but their language and words chosen just bore me, but Rick made it impossible to put down, and impossible to stop reading.
For those out there who haven't read this book yet, you have to get it NOW! And I cannot wait for the next Wave (the next book)!!!
About The Author
aka Richard Yancey
Rick is a native Floridian and a graduate of Roosevelt University in Chicago. He earned a B.A. in English which he put to use as a field officer for the Internal Revenue Service. Inspired and encouraged by his wife, he decided his degree might also be useful in writing books and in 2004 he began writing full-time.
Since then he has launched two critically acclaimed series: The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, for young readers, and The Highly Effective Detective, for adults. Both books are set in Knoxville, Tennessee, where Rick lived for ten years before returning to Florida.