5th Wave: The First Book of the 5th Wave Series, The

Rick Yancey
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.


Reviewed: 2020-11-28

This book took me a while to get through with finals, work, and studying it was hard to find time to keep picking up this book. I got to page 80 when I got busy and set it down and it went untouched for a week or two but when I finally got time I picked it up again and couldn't stop reading it. I was staying up until 3-4am trying to finish the book trying to figure out what is going to happen next. 


The book switches perspectives and follows Cassie Sullivan and Ben Parish (Zombie) as they try to navigate their new lives. The "Others" which they are unsure of land a mothership on their land, and then it just sat there doing nothing for days until all of a sudden it released the first wave it was dramatic everything just went out, they had sent out an electromagnetic which stopped everything cars, planes, cellphones, etc. It only took out half-a-million people. The second wave took a metal rod that was twice as tall as the Empire State Building and three times as heavy, they dropped it over a fault line and by the time it has landed on earth it had been traveling faster than a bullet, it hit the surface with a force one billion times greater than the bomb on Hiroshima. This wave killed about 3 billion people. Then comes the third wave which is known as "The Red Death" it was a virus transmitted by birds, this wave killed 97% of what was left of the population. The fourth wave is silencers, the "others" killing off what is rest of the human population while remaining hidden. The Fifth wave is not disclosed until later on in the book towards the ending. 


The book demostarts great character development showing the weaks turning into strongest the human kind has ever seen. "If you don't kill all of us all at once, those who remain will not be the weak." (pg.446) You watch the characters losses, their struggles, their accomplishments, and even their victories. That what I enjoyed about this book the other captured both failure and success and growth among each and everyone of the characters. You have love interest thrown in such as Ringer and Evan for Ben and Cassie. You see their romance blossom but then be crumbled and that is heart breaking for me. 


Reviewed: 2017-06-28

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.

Reviewed: 2016-08-08

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.

Reviewed: 2016-02-29

3/5 - "Not too bad - could have been 100 pages shorter. Enjoyable if you like alien invasion type books/movies." - Kalman

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