Book Reviews

I will be posting reviews of books. Let me warn you they may contain spoilers. I just post opinion and I hope no one gets offended by it. Feel free to discuss the same-just comment below.


3. The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey


My thoughts on The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey

2.5 stars

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.

The interesting blurb on the back of the book was enough to convince to grab this book. Here’s my review:

I love the concept of aliens and the whole plot of them taking over our planet blew my mind. It started off as a unique, solid story.

Characters aren’t bad. Cassie’s a bit cocky in the beginning but I began to like her later. Ben’s narrative is unambiguous and transparent. Evan’s, well, ‘chocolaty’ and Sammy or Sams is an innocent kid. I liked Cassie’s father too. I got confused at times-keeping track of the narratives that switched between Cassie’s point of view and Ben’s version (and there’s a third person narration covering Sammy’s story) but I got used to it.

The plot moves in a credible, convincing manner and it’s one of those rare books which made me turn pages with curiosity and eagerness but just like the others it disappointed me in the end.

I couldn’t somehow stop comparing this book with The Hunger Games. I found a lot of similarities between Cassie and Katniss. The assault made by Zombie’s squad strongly reminded me of The Hunger Games (Remember Mockingjay?). The awkward sort-of a love triangle-ish thing or whatever that lingers in the story too looked familiar. Heck, even the writing style reminded me of The Hunger Games.

The twists and turns were predictable from then on. I felt cheated, to be frank.

It’s the kind of story that fascinates you and almost makes you believe that the future of the entire world can actually lay in the hands of a couple of teenagers and when you look back, you can’t stop thinking how dumb it was and what was the hype all about.


2/4 stars

It starts well but well-begun is half-done. Cliched. Forseeable and expected.


2.5/4 stars

The narratives are unequalled but the characters give me a I-have-seen-them-before feeling.

Style and Pace-

¾ stars

Barring the fact that it was so much like The Hunger Games, I have to applaud this one-it was a real page turner. Writing was simple, but effective- written in present tense which increased the apprehension. 

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