Book Review #27: The 5th Wave- Rick Yancey


Title: The 5th Wave
Author: Rick Yancey
Publication: November 3rd 2015, Speak
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Pages: 457
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 014751908X / 9780147519085

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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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“We’re here, and then we’re gone, and it’s not about the time we’re here, but what we do with the time.”

Have you ever wonder if we are the only living creature that exists in the entire universe? Or have you ever heard of a theory that says our universe is just a single planet of another entire universe? And if it is indeed that massive in the galaxy, then I suppose, I can believe that there is a creature, somewhere out there, who’s breathing, moving and thinking the same way we do.

“You know how sometimes you tell yourself that you have a choice, but really you don’t have a choice? Just because there are alternatives doesn’t mean they apply to you.”

The book? It’s merely about an alien invasion. But not the classically viewed invasion where a green-like alien with big heads, oval black eyes and slimy bodies were depicted. It’s a 21st century kind of invasion where technology and mother nature’s revenge were all combined. It revolves in the life of Cassie, a teenage girl living a normal life with a complete family, a younger brother, a good friend, and an ideal crush. Everything was going fine until the invasion happened. First, the alien, which is called The Others, started cutting off the power and its magnetic thing. So the first wave- mobiles, cars, airplanes, and electricity are all gone. The second wave- tsunamis that took half of the billions of people. Third wave- a plague. Fourth wave- The Others lived inside the human, so technically, you can’t distinguish a human if it’s one of those Others or just plainly human. Fifth wave- is like the fourth wave with a big twist. Also, in this book, Cassie tried getting his brother back after being separated from him, and along the way she made decisions as to whether he could trust The Others or view them as enemy in order to save his brother.

“When the moment comes to stop running from your past, to turn around and face the thing you thought you could not face–the moment when your life teeters between giving up and getting up–when that moment comes, and it always comes, if you can’t get up and you can’t give up either, here’s what you do: Crawl.”

Well, this is the first Yancey book that I’ve read and it didn’t disappoint me. The science fiction and fantasy created in this one is just right- not too little and not too much. The descriptions were on point and since it’s a fantasy genre, it helped a lot in times of describing the scenes in the books. The characters possessed their own traits, weaknesses and strengths. But of course, I admire Cassie for her bravery. The writing style was easy to get used to. It used easy and common words. There would be no difficulty in getting the hang of the story. And lastly, the sequence of events are a little predictable but knowing and getting to those parts are still satisfying. Overall, I enjoyed the book.

“I don’t care what the stars say about how small we are. One, even the smallest, weakest, most insignificant one, matters.”

Okay, for the favorites, I think I’m more of a team-Evan because of his chocolate-y features. And of course because of his humane traits despite the circumstances. Also, Cassie is the genuine epitome of a human. She fought until her last ounce of dignity and energy to save our kind even though most of the people she loved is already gone. Also, I’ve watched the movie, and there are parts not the same as the book but both versions are good anyway. Can’t wait to start reading the next two installment of this series.



Rick Yancey was born in Miami, Florida on a Sunday. He is the author of fifteen novels and a memoir. His young adult novel, The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, was named a “Best Book of the Year” by Publishers Weekly and was nominated for the Carnegie Medal. In 2010, Rick received a Michael L. Printz Honor for The Monstrumologist. The sequel, The Curse of the Wendigo, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His latest novel, The 5th Wave, the first in an epic sci-fi trilogy, made its worldwide debut in 2013, and is now a major motion picture for GK Films and Sony Pictures. To know more about him, head on to his website. 🙂


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