The 5th Wave

Yancey, Richard

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The 5th Wave
"Cassie Sullivan, the survivor of an alien invasion, must rescue her young brother from the enemy with help from a boy who may be one of them"--

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2013.
ISBN: 9780399162411
Characteristics: 457 p. ;,24 cm.
Alternate Title: Fifth Wave


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Jan 12, 2015
  • Nymeria23 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I gave this 3.5 stars cause, well I liked it. It wasn't my favorite book of all time, but I wasn't struggling to get through it. All-in-all, a very good story line; (Spoilers) I love (is that really terrible of me?) the plot twist where the human kids are the trained 5th wave- I thought that this and the other wave sequences really made the aliens seem intelligent, strategic and cruel. Which is what the author was going for... so good job Yancey!
I thought that Cassie was a little immaturely sarcastic at times, or made comments that I gave the "Really? He wrote that?" look to. But otherwise, she was a pretty good character.
I love little Sammy! He's so darn cute!
I'm not sure how Ben Parish (or the other members in his squad) are going to play out in this next book, but I hope that they remain good, strong characters.
Evan! I don't care about what you are, You're amazing! I really hope that this is not the last we see of you- the next book needs a continuation of your mysterious point of view and loyalty struggle.

Dec 23, 2014

This was not really my type of book, plus she said that evan smells like chocolate, how does someone ALWAYS smell like chocolate?!
read the monstrumologist!

Nov 20, 2014
  • GhostWriterAt221B rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A bit confusing at parts because the point of view is not established. This drawback forced me to reread excessively, skimming the pages for clues to which character's point of view I am reading from. Otherwise, the plot was enthralling, the characters identifiable and likable enough. Some really deep thoughts were tossed in that would occasionally catch me off guard, forcing to take a break to ponder the concepts. Honestly, I enjoyed the novel and would recommend it to any science fiction fans.

Nov 14, 2014
  • Emma_Sophia rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

In a post-apocalyptic USA, humans are being destroyed by aliens, called “The Others.” This destruction comes in waves: while the first wave removes electricity, the waves quickly become more deadly, including plagues and earthquakes. The book is told from the perspective of two survivors: Cassie, who is searching for her brother after her parent’s deaths; and Ben, who is in one such facility and is being trained to fight the Others.
Read this if you like:
-Dystopian science-fiction/post-apocalyptic stories
-Strong female leads
-Survival stories
-The Hunger Games

Oct 31, 2014
  • digitaldaggers rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Well written book, great characters, and many plot twists. It's probably one of my favorites.
However, the plot was practically based on the monsters are due on maple street (A twilight zone episode). The similarities are too close to call the plot original. Twilight zone episode: the power goes out, a rumor goes around that there are for aliens that look like humans on earth, the humans begin to accuse and murder one another.
The fifth wave: the power goes out, the aliens walk among the humans, the humans kill each other. (See what I mean?)
But anyways, this is still a awesome book to read.

Oct 29, 2014
  • StephFurlan rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The aliens have come to claim Earth, and through a series of planned waves of destruction, humans start to lose hope and their lives. The first wave consists of shutting down their power, making their electronics and means of communication useless. Earthquakes and tsunamis were wave two. For wave three, the aliens used birds to spread disease among the humans to decease their population more rapidly. Then there came the Silencers, alien agents in human bodies, who were assigned to hunt down the remaining humans in the fourth wave. In the novel The 5th Wave, readers find out what the aliens have planned next for humanity.

The story is written in first-person through several characters’ points-of-view, but primarily between two protagonists, Cassie and Ben. Some authors who choose to tell their story this way don’t execute it well, and I find myself wanting to skip some characters’ chapters to get to the ones I favour more. But, Yancey does an excellent job using this method. Every time there was a shift in perspectives I always wanted to learn more from the character, but was eager to get back to the other character too. During one moment in particular, it created a perfect and heart wrenching episode of tension.

While I love that the heroine, Cassie, takes center stage during most of the story, I feel like she didn’t have much character growth. She felt like the same girl from beginning to end. The only way you get a sense that she grew as a person was through a series of flashbacks, from shy school girl to cautious survivor. Most of the time, I felt like Cassie was telling me how things happened rather than Yancey showing readers. I believe I would have had a better sense of any character growth if I had gone on the same journey with the characters, experiencing each wave and their losses.

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Oct 14, 2014
  • JCLSarahM rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great fast-paced read! Oh and ALIENS!

Sep 17, 2014
  • sweekgrrl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read this book as an advanced reader and couldn't WAIT for it to come out so I could share it. It's a gritty and believable alien invasion story and I couldn't put it down. Meals were skipped and chores were neglected, but it was worth it. Wow, what a ride!

Jul 28, 2014
  • AlphaVeil rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an amazingly, thrilling book!

Jul 23, 2014

an awsome book

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Jul 05, 2014
  • selinerrr rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“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.”

Jul 05, 2014
  • selinerrr rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Some things you can never leave behind. They don't belong to the past. They belong to you."

Dec 18, 2013

“Why did they come billions of miles just to stare at us? It's rude.”

Dec 18, 2013

“I don't move. I wait behind my log, terrified. Over the past ten minutes, it's become such a dear friend, I consider naming it: Howard, my pet log.”

Dec 18, 2013

“I will teach you to love death. I will empty you of grief and guilt and self-pity and fill you up with hate and cunning and the spirit of vengeance. I will make my final stand here, Benjamin Thomas Parish.”

Dec 18, 2013

“God doesn't call the equipped, son. God equips the called. And you have been called.”

Dec 18, 2013

“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.”

Dec 18, 2013

“I didn't save you," he whispers, lips tickling my eyelashes. "You saved me.”

Dec 18, 2013

“There's an old saying about truth setting you free. Don't buy it. Sometimes the truth slams the cell door shut and throws a thousand bolts.”

Dec 18, 2013

“What doesn't kill us sharpens us. Hardens us. Schools us. You're beating plowshares into swords, Vosch. You are remaking us. We are the clay, and you are Michelangelo. And we will be your masterpiece.”

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Mar 14, 2015
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Jul 23, 2013
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Jul 15, 2013
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Feb 19, 2015
  • KingSalomon rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: This is a thriller. Its intense!

Feb 19, 2015
  • KingSalomon rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Talk about sexual relationships

Feb 19, 2015
  • KingSalomon rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Violence: Quite a bit but nothing to graphic. People get shot in the head. Blood Splatters some brutal deaths ect...

Feb 19, 2015
  • KingSalomon rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Ya know. Some uses of F bombs and SOB (frequent) and sh*t and some other stuff.

Jul 15, 2013
  • stepha89 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Violence: Nothing overly graphic, but enough that I wouldn't recommend to younger readers.


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