Monday, 9 June 2014

Review: The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1) by Rick Yancey

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17415470-the-5th-waveGoodreads Synopsis:
The Passage meets Ender's Game in an epic new series from award-winning author 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.


Review:
Going into this book I had no idea what to expect. I tried not to look too much into all the hype because it can be misleading and anyway there’s an exception to every rule. From the synopsis the plot looked mysterious with the classic trust no one line and with the mention of human lookalikes I was immediately hooked anyway.

The first few chapters continued this air of mystery because while you already knew about the alien apocalypse the details were missing and instead you jump straight to Cassie hiding out in the wilderness, alone. Gradually you find out everything that happened through kinds of flashbacks but never all at once, which added to the story as well as Cassie’s character when she told them (there were multiple POVs but it’s clearly sectioned not chaptered off).

Cassie is incredibly tough and not just for surviving the apocalypse, but everything that came with it. Even after going to hell and back while believing she was the last person on earth, she didn’t give up. She survived. And she did it to try and save her little brother who she’d made a promise to. Before everything went to hell that is. I mean come on; she has to get some kind of award for that. I admit that I am the person who would die first in an apocalypse (even after reading all these apocalyptic books) yet you wouldn’t expect her to survive either. She wasn’t exactly prepared with a toy bear and a toothbrush etc. Of course you never know what will happen; say you run into a hot boy who saves your life; if you had horrible teeth because you left your toothbrush behind in exchange for a knife it would be the end of the world, right?

What did annoy me about Cassie was her infatuation with the boy she only talked to once: Ben Parish. It becomes obvious why he’s mentioned so much and it even provides a little breathing space in an otherwise action-packed novel. But still, that didn’t mean it wasn’t annoying.

What it took me a while to understand was why the name Ben Parish continually came up yet the synopsis mentioned an Evan Walker? Once Evan does enter the picture his place is pretty clear, and while his identity is perhaps the most and only predictable part of the book I still loved him. He made a homemade burger for Cassie in the middle of an apocalypse, and if that doesn’t make him the perfect man I don’t know what does…

Overall this book was brilliant! It’s the kind where you try to read it slowly and savour every page but before you know it its dark out and you’ve finished (the ending by the way is a terrible but full proof way of getting readers to read the sequel the second it comes out, no spoilers). It’s not your classic sci-fi novel which is why I think such a wide variety of readers will love it much like I did.

Favourite Quotes (Warning: once again I couldn't limit it down!):
“We'd stared into the face of Death, and Death blinked first. You'd think that would make us feel brave and invincible. It didn't.” 

“How would you rather die?” she snapped. “Hiding under your bed or riding Thunder Mountain?” Good Question.”

“You can’t force yourself to trust. So you put all your doubts in a little box and bury it deep and then try to forget where you buried it” 

“If I had faced it then, I wouldn't be facing it now, but sooner or later you have to choose between running and facing the thing you thought you could not face.” 

“I thought I knew what loneliness was before he found me, but I had no clue. You don’t know what real loneliness is until you’ve known the opposite.” 

“He had given in to hope, and that will kill you. It kills you before you die. Long before you die.”

“I had it all wrong," he says. "Before I found you, I thought the only way to hold on was to find something to live for. It isn't. To hold on, you have to find something you're willing to die for.”

“In case you're an alien and you're reading this: BITE ME.”

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