The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey | Review

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey | ReviewThe 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Series: The 5th Wave #1
Published by Penguin Young Readers Group on May 7, 2013
Genres: Aliens, Dystopian
Pages: 457
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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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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The 5th Wave had a lot of hype surrounding it, so I was a bit wary going in, but I’m so glad that I finally got the chance to pick it up. I haven’t really read any alien books besides Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Obsidian, so I enjoyed this one since the first page.

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The whole idea of different waves was really awesome. Each wave was a different thing that the aliens did to try to wipe out more of the population, and that is pretty much how history is marked now: by waves.

I really loved the characters in this book, especially Cassie. Cassie spends the whole book trying to find her little brother, because he was taken and she wants him back because he’s the only family that she has left.

Cassie has really good survival instincts and she has learned how to be by herself which is a pretty good thing in this world. It can be easier to be unseen if there’s one person rather than two.

Ben was a fantastic side character. I really liked learning his story and his connections to Cassie, though Evan would have to be my favorite character from this book. There’s so much that the reader doesn’t know about him, and it’s cool getting to know him as the story goes on.

His relationship with Cassie was just so heartwarming and I loved every single minute of it. Evan and Cassie are definitely one of my favorite book couples now and nothing is going to be able to change that.

This book was just such a wonderful start to a series that I assume is only going to get better. I’m definitely buying every book that comes next and I’ll be sticking with this series until the very end, and I suggest you do too!

Recommended for fans of:
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Gone by Michael Grant
Pawn by Aimee Carter

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Have you read this novel? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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  1. This book looks so good! I really want to read this one soon. I've heard lots of praise for it, although I have seen a few negative reviews for it, but the majority is still positive reviews.
    Great review 😀

  2. I've been debating this one for awhile. Been seeing a lot of good things about it lately so perhaps its time I jump on board!

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