Review: The Fifth Wave

Jul •  19 •  2013

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Review: The Fifth WaveThe Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey
Series: The Fifth Wave # 1
Published by Putnam Juvenile on May 7th 2013
Genres: Young Adult- Dystopian/Post Apocalyptic
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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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.

Since this book has been getting such great reviews, I went ahead and read it. It was awesome!

Plot:. If you like end of the world plots, you must read this. It builds up nicely from the past, present and then the future. Every chapter aimed at the reader the outpouring of emotions as well as great character buildup.  Towards the end of the book, small pieces are revealed and I’m happy to say that I am excited to read the next book.

Drama: There is buildup between the character’s past life and families. Even though the parents weren’t in the present, they played a big role in the past and future. This book moved between multiple povs of Cassie, Even and her past crush. I really like how everything weaved together nicely. Nothing is left out so that the reader can understand what is going on from chapter to chapter.

Aliens: YES! It is alien invasions. In these moments, going through wave after wave it gave me goose bumps. It thrilled me with the different dimensions of the way people reacted. Some took it hard, others  didn’t care, and others got scared. Watching the world crumble at the mere tip of  my fingertips was the most exciting thing I ever experienced.

My only gripe is the pacing of the story. Some parts of the story were slow, but I also understand that, that was due to the building up of the world the author created. Really, it was me being impatient and wanting it to move to the next scene.

The Fifth Wave accomplishes what it set out to do- to WOW the reader. The world and it’s complexity of the invasion in both past and present, sets the reader in an uncontrollable wave of excitement.  Want to read something that will blow your mind? Check out The Fifth Wave. You won’t regret it.

I give it 5 BITES!


Happy Reading!


  1. Jenny
    Jul 19, 2013

    I really need to read this Savy. All the hype has me both excited and nervous to give it a try, worried that I’ll be the only one who doesn’t care for it. Fail. I’m usually not a big alien person, but I just feel like I can’t miss this one! Glad to know about the slow parts going in, now I’ll be ready for them:)

  2. Candace
    Jul 19, 2013

    I’m glad you enjoyed this too! It was super intense for me and sometimes hard to read, but once I got into it, I couldn’t look away!

  3. I’ve been wanting to read this one. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Makes me think I’m going to really enjoy it as well.

  4. I still haven’t read this yet but have been dying to! I haven’t read a good alien story in awhile and now after reading your review, I really can’t wait to get my hands on this one. I’m so interested to see how the waves of the attack play out.

  5. Aww I really loved this book! I did think the pacing was quite slow, but it was deliciously slow at that, and just made me really excited for the next scenes 😀 Rick Yancey’s prose was also amazing. Cassie was one of the few main characters who didn’t bother me in the least about anything 😀 Great review!

  6. Amy @ Book Loving Mom
    Jul 22, 2013

    I haven’t seen one bad review for this!! I am going to have to pick it up.

  7. Marianne
    Oct 10, 2014

    I totally agree with the slow pacing where in Cassie talked a lot about of what happened in the past instead of talking about on whats happening in the present. But overall, I did love the story and the alternation of the POVs