Rick Yancey's Novel The 5th Wave
a book review by Molly Looby
“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 is the dawn of the 5th wave.
On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs. Runs from the beings that only look human, who have scattered the 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.”
Strangely, this book seemed to come out of nowhere. It was recommended to me and I was surprised to see that it had ‘NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE’ written on the front, although I’ve never seen the film advertised anywhere, nor have I heard anyone talking about it.
Everyone should be talking about it. The 5th Wave (the book at least) is—in one word—immense.
In fact, it’s so immense, I hardly have anything to say other than read it, read it, read it!
The narration is funny and engaging. Cassie’s personality just bleeds through onto the pages and it doesn’t take long until you feel as though you know her personally. She made me laugh out loud more than once. This incredible narration had me in utter awe of Rick Yancey’s skill.
Most of the book is written in short chapters and that had me turning pages faster than I usually would. I’d sit down to read a chapter, and a hundred pages later I’d put the book down. Or would I? Once picked up, The 5th Wave is almost impossible to put down. The book is split into 13 parts and I’d find myself reading entire parts in one sitting.
I can’t sing Yancey’s praises enough. The 5th Wave is just so intense. The action will have you gripping the pages and getting closer and closer to the words. I was so involved in the story, I was no longer in my living room. I was running alongside Cassie. Even when the action died down, I was still curled round the book in total reading bliss.
So yeah, excellent. Fast-paced and gripping and intense. Bring on book two, The Infinite Sea.