5th Wave: The First Book of the 5th Wave Series, The
Unique idea, great story, flat characters.
I couldn't relate to the characters. It was like I was reading a cookbook instead of fiction. The story intrigued me enough to start book 2, but ended up abandoning it about a quarter of the way in for simple lack of interest to continue reading. Oh well, on to the next adventure.
I loved this book and I'll probably read the second one to continue my interest in the plot line. This book was the most unbelievable story in the most believable way. The story itself is fascinating and absolutely captivating. I didn't exactly like all of the different plot lines and odd timeline of flash backs and present time, but when the story lines started crossing paths it all made sense. It was hard to follow at the very beginning, so I would recommend to anyone to make sure to get past the initial background to the story to really get into the meat of the plotline. The story itself is about an alien invasion (I know, so cheesy) but it's a very intelligent new take on how highly intelligent species would interact with our civilization because, the truth is, they would be much more intelligent than us and we wouldn't see any of their attacks coming nor would we be prepared for it. This is a wonderful story of a girl who was lucky in the beginning to survive and then quickly realized that she then needed to be strong and ruthless, as luck would run out for the few survivors very soon. Heads up: the ending might make you angry, as it is abrupt and leaves much to be desired. Hence why I'll probably be reading the second book in the series.
I wouldn't use this book in a K-6 classroom. There is some mature content in it in the beginning of the book and I wouldn't want to recommend it to a child. I would, however, recommend it to a 7-12 student. The mature content is minimal, only spoken about, and wouldn't need to be explained to a teenager. There is also a lot going on, so for younger crowds this book would only cater to someone with the patience and attention span to follow all of the different timelines and separate narritives, on top of the abstract content itself. If I were to use the book in a classroom it would be for studying stories that have different perspectives and why the author does this. Again, only for PG-13 audiences both intellectually and maturity-wise.
In the first part of The 5th Wave, we are introduced to Cassie who is all alone in the wilderness after an alien invasion that has killed most of the people on Earth including Cassie's parents. From Cassie's perspective, we see the memories of her family and how they died. The point of view shifts several times after the first half of the book. Ben Parish and Cassie's brother, Sammy are taken captive and trained to kill the alien invaders. There is also Evan, who is one of the "Others." Evan saves Cassie's life and from that point on, the story really takes off. There is lots of action throughout the story and it is very well written. It just isn't my type of story. I probably will not read the sequel.
3/5 - "Not too bad - could have been 100 pages shorter. Enjoyable if you like alien invasion type books/movies." - Kalman