Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Book Review #440 - The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1) by Rick Yancey


The 1st Wave took out half a million people.

The 2nd Wave put that number to shame.

The 3rd Wave lasted a little longer, twelve weeks... four billion dead.

In the 4th Wave, you can't trust that people are still people. 

And the 5th Wave? No one knows. But it's coming.

On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs. Runs from the beings that only look human, who have scattered Earth's last survivors.

To stay alone is to stay alive, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be her only hope. 

Now Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death.

 My Rating: 3/5

I had heard nothing but positive things about this book before reading and so had pretty high expectations for it. Even though I had heard a lot of hype about the book, I didn't actually know that much about the plot and had been expecting this to be more dystopian than sci-fi. 

The Start of this book was very promising. It was very informative in setting up the plot and characters in great detail. 

I really liked the story when it was told from Cassie's perspective. Once it started changing between her and Ben I thought that it slowed down immensely and I found it rather confusing at times. 

Evan was a character that from the second he was introduced I was very suspicious of. Even though he redeems himself at the end, I still don't feel like I connected with him the way I was meant to. 

This story is set in a war zone so the abundance of action packed sequences was inevitable. It is because of this aspect that I can see this book successfully being adapted as a film.

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