Book Review: The 5th Wave

Author: Rick Yancey | Publisher: Penguin Group


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.

Sometimes in my tent, late at night, I think I can hear the stars scraping against the sky.


I absolutely devoured this book — and I cannot wait to get my hands on the rest of the series. Considering it took me forever to get my hands on this book, and even longer to finally pick it up, I’m quite angry at myself for having put it off for so long.

I read this book in 6 hours, on a Sunday I happened to have free. And I do not regret anything about that day. Although the book is almost 500 pages long, it’s a book you feel compelled to read in one sitting (or in one day).

How do you rid the Earth of humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Yancey’s writing is impeccable — his writing makes the characters feel real, sophisticated, and human. Nothing about his writing style ever feels like I’m confused or annoyed with the language of this book.

Yancey’s characters are so multi-faceted and their choices, thoughts and mental processes are so clear and conflicting, that you have to pause and question your own being. Each character will have their ups, downs, and in-betweens, and that’s the kind of character you root for. Although you will never love a character 100% of the time, you will find yourself on the edge of your seat.

The 5th Wave’s plotline, interestingly, is exceptional. And although the “alien invasion” trope feels worn out, Yancey makes the idea feel newer and much darker than shown on some other platforms. You’re afraid, you’re nervous and anxious because the entire ordeal is different. 

Everything about this book is amazing and you will definitely not be disappointed with reading this.

Make sure to get your hands on The 5th Wave and let us know what you think. Or if you’ve already read it, let us know what your thoughts are on the book over @Fuzabble.

Written by gloria

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