The 5th Wave Synopsis: 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.-Goodreads Synopsis
The 5th Wave Review
I know I would have enjoyed this book had I read it as a paperback, but I got an extra special treat listening to the audio book version. I was immediately gripped by the (highly appropriate) voice of Phoebe Strole as she plunged me headfirst into the inner working of Cassiopeia’s (hereafter known as Cassie) mind. The combination of Rick Yancey’s writing talent, combined with Strole’s intriguing voice immediately made me invested in Cassie’s story. The vulnerability, defiance, terror, and determination of that one young girl … I can see exactly how and why this novel is so popular. The other characters were interesting too, but it’s Cassie who really stands out.
The story of the Waves in itself is extremely interesting, and disturbingly believable. I think that’s what partially what makes the book so interesting. Yancey takes a familiar scifi trope from something that we know is always going to result in an Alien ass-kicking, and skews it so that almost immediately the reader is thinking “Ah..crap…We, uh, might be screwed here.”
Its the little kid that unites the story, but also the idea that each one of us is important. Yancey bucks the biggest alien invasion cliche, but he falls inline with the basic one. That when the feces hits rapidly oscillating object, humanity will band together. Some things are cliche for a reason, yeah? In this case, though, Yancey does such a good job of drawing it out, of making the characters doubt themselves and others, that you have begun to doubt it’ll actually happen before it does.
In short: The 5th Wave is a unique alien invasion story that gives young adults both male and female leads that are heartbreakingly human, surprisingly normal, and breathtakingly strong.