Book Review: The 5th Wave

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Rick Yancey
Published by: Putnam Juvenile
Published: 2013
Young Adult, Post-apocalyptic, Science fiction
3/3 (Buy-It)

                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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                The 5th wave is the first in a new Young Adult Science Fiction series, it takes place in our reality, in our time, with our technology and we are devastated by the arrival of strangers that have yet to say why they’re here.  The 5th wave is a fantastic start into the science fiction genre, a fantastic book to wet your feet with.
                I’ve read quite a bit of science fiction in the past year or so, and have come to really, really enjoy it. Young adult science fiction is quickly becoming one of my favorite genres as it’s not usually as intimidating as adult science fiction can be, and it is usually written at a level that all peoples reading it could understand. That being said, if you’re a full blown, I need complicated science fiction mumbo jumbo and everything explained out the wazoo, this probably won’t be the book for you. Also, if you’re not interested in this plot then I would also suggest not reading this book despite the hype. Read what you enjoy only.
                Thought the characters were fantastic, the world building was great, left me feeling fulfilled and excited for the next installment. I don’t have too many complaints regarding the plot or development at all. Found little to no errors within the writing itself, and though there were a few things I did figure out before revealed thought the author did a great job with all the twists and turns.
                I fully recommend this book. It does have a romantic sub plot (but seriously what doesn’t?) but it’s not overly in your face and is not the main focus. It’s a great story about survival, sacrifice and family (Something that I don’t think is focused on nearly enough).

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