The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Score: 4 stars
Page Count: 457
Book #1 Of The 5th Wave Trilogy
Publisher: G.P's Putnam Sons
Release Date: 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, just 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 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.
1. Pretty much as soon as I heard that this book had aliens in it, I just had to pick it up! I loved a lot about this book from the sci-fi and action to the romance and of course, the aliens. This book is one for a sci-fi lover for sure!
2. I loved the characters, especially the main character, Cassie. She is such a powerful and tough female protagonist and really brought a lot of the main story alive. Even the side characters were all tough and hard like Cassie and created a really awesome line of different characters that were both loved and enjoyable to read.
3. I really loved all the sci-fi aspects of the book. Like I said before, it had aliens but not in a way I was expecting. They weren't exactly the little green men we all know. The action in this book was also pretty cool and so were the descriptions of the drones and flying saucers, well, more like giant spaceships.
4. I also enjoyed how the story was told in 3 different points of view. It rarely works for some books and this was a game changer. I liked how all points of view weren't the same in any way, they were told by different characters but in different places and mind sets as well.
1. Even though I enjoyed this book, it took FOREVER for me to read. I've read longer books in the past but for some reason, this book took way longer to finish from beginning to end. It never really hooked me enough to keep me enveloped in the story and didn't really pick up until a good fourth of the way into the book for me.
2. I also didn't like the romance in this book. Yes, it added something extra to the story but at the same time, I felt like it just didn't blend well enough with the story. There was so much going on in the story that I felt like the romantic aspect was forced in a little.
Age Recommendation: 13+
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