Friday, 10 March 2017

The Fifth Wave [Book Review]

Hello there!

Title: The 5th Wave
Author: Rick Yancey
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Published Date: 7th May 2013
Rating: 3 stars

*Thank you to Jennifer Windram on Instagram for buddy reading this one with me, and for Agirlreads on Instagram for giving me the book*

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Synopsis:  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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Review: I feel incredibly harsh rating this one only 3 stars. If only I did .5 stars still L There were so many things about this book I liked, all at the beginning. But unfortunately the ending of the book kind of ruined things for me, and the middle. I was highly anticipating this one, despite having read a lot of mixed views about it. And it seems like the muddled feelings are the ones I connect to. I’m going to try and explain best I can.

The beginning of this book was brilliant. Immediately I was captivated by Cassie’s perspective. I loved the idea of the alien invasion and the ‘waves’ the aliens left behind. Slowly, it is revealed to the reader what these waves consisted of and I thought it was incredibly creative of the author to think up all of these things! I loved it. I also loved the guessing game about who were the humans and the aliens. Because in this world? The aliens look exactly the same as the humans. It’s impossible to tell which is which.

The suspense build up was brilliant and I was really connecting to Cassie. Not only is she busy contemplating what makes someone human (a pretty deep discussion to include in the book, if I think about it), we’re also seeing her trying to survive and keep strong despite the grief of losing her family. Despite the cloud of loneliness she is currently living in. I really felt the love she felt for her little brother, and I’m sure that is how I would feel about my little sister if I was in the same situation she was in.

Then we start to see some more points of view… and that was the beginning of where things started to go downhill for me. We are sort of bombarded with point of view after point of view, and each time we delve into a new one it’s a guessing game to work out who it is. Although Zombie and Cassie’s point of views are the ones we end up reading from the most, sometimes the author throws a random one in there.

I didn’t like the romance at all. It was so disappointing and very suddenly thrown in there. In my opinion, I feel like the author probably just included the romance because he partly wanted to extend the ‘what makes us human’ debate, but also because of the illusion that every YA novel needs a romance. Not every novel does need romance, and this one was short, too fast for me, and basically didn’t make me feel anything. So yes, I probably would have enjoyed this novel a whole lot more without the romance thrown in there. I guess that is one of the key things that ruined it for me.


I also never really understood the idea of the ‘eye’. I’m not surprised that the movie misses that whole concept out because it was so unclear to me in the book. I wasn’t sure what it could do, or why it did that and just… ugh. It was kind of sad to not be understanding what I was reading and yeah. That took some of the enjoyment from me.

The ending had me going “what?” in some places, and in other ways, it was also satisfying. So I feel pretty mixed there.

In my review I’ve mostly focused on the Cassie storyline, but that is simply because I never really cared for Zombie’s storyline and his gang much. It was interesting, but maybe I’ll care about his storyline more in the sequel? I’m not sure…


I’ll be reading the sequel at some point, for sure.

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Quote: “Late at night, I think I can hear the stars scraping against the sky.”

Links: Goodreads and Amazon!

Olivia’s Question: What do you think makes humans human?

Olivia-Savannah x 

21 comments:

  1. I agree that the romance was thrown in there just to hit all the points for YA. I haven't seen the movie and I don't think I plan to.

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    1. Yeah, it was random and sorta annoying. I would advise against seeing the movie >.>

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  2. I agree with you! While I loved the whole concept and the idea of the alien waves and such, the romance just ruined it all. I really wish the author had chosen to forgo the romance and just stick to the whole mystery of the human-alien dilemma and what the world is going to do about it. There would have been more than enough material. I also wish I could have rated it higher but unfortunately, it just didn't live up to it and I couldn't get over the romance. I hope you like the sequel more than this! Lovely review, Olivia!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. The romance was terrible in comparison to the alien theme of the novel! I really liked that aspect a lot of things. I'm curious about the sequel. Have to admit I haven't heard the best things about it though :(

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  3. I seriously had no idea what this book was about, pretty much everyone has read it and it's been huge, but it just never caught my attention. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy it that much. And you're right about the romance thing, it's like every YA book out there must have a little bit of romance just because, I usually like it but there are times when it's not really necessary.

    Lipstick and Mocha

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    1. I'm glad you've gotten to know a bit more what it is about now! Yeah... sometimes there are requirements authors feel it is necessary to meet >.>

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  4. FLAWS! Yes, flaws makes me utterly human.

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  5. This is one of those book that I think I should read but have never got around to actually doing it. I have seen some mixed reviews. My daughter loved it and I am sorry that it didn't work as well for you. I will probably have to give it a try at some point.

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    1. Yeah... I think I might feel that way about the sequel. I am glad your daughter could enjoy it so much though :D

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  6. I agree with you SO much! I looooved the beginning! It was haunting and very apocalyptic feeling- and I could almost put myself in Cassie's shoes because how she was feeling seemed so authentic! But I felt exactly the same, it got kind of... lost along the way. And I wasn't a huge fan of the romance either. But I do hope to read the sequels someday too- though I have seen mixed reviews about them too, so I am not quite in the biggest hurry haha. Great review! And I LOVE your pictures!!

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    1. The beginning was AHMAZING and even though it was an alien invasion I was relating to it all hardcover. But yeah... the ending kind of let things fall flat. Thank you, Shannon x

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  7. Awweh, how disappointing! From the summary I started thinking that I might pick up this one. But maybe not after your review...

    I hate that authors always feel the need to shove a romance into almost every single book!
    It's not needed!
    It's always my least favourite part anyway!
    Moan, moan, moan.

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    1. The beginning is really good and a lot of people love it, so maybe it's still worth a try? But yeah, unnecessary romance can be annoying!

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  8. I don't think I'll ever read this book. Also once started watching the movie but I never finished it for some reason. lol

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    1. It's not for everyone... maybe you'll finish the movie though hehe ^^

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  9. I've never read this book, but I know that a lot of people had mixed thoughts on it when it first came out. Most people seemed to like the rest of the series better.

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    1. I hope the rest of the series does improve! Because that's what I will be reading next ;)

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  10. The wave thing does sound unique, and I love thought-provoking books, like that whole "what makes us human" thing you mentioned. But the random POVs would bother me. I hate when authors throw in POVs that just aren't necessary. And I'm sorry the romance didn't work for you. Great review though!

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  11. I've seen this one floating around. Your review has put me off it so i probably won't be picking this one up!

    Thanks for the heads up. :)

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  12. Ugh. I hate it when romance is shoe-horned in, especially to make a point about humanity - some people are aromantic, and they're still human! Anyway, it looks like an OK read, but I'm with you - romance needs to be appropriate, not just thrown in for the hell of it.

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