Book: The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1) by Rick Yancey
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books, 2013
Genre: YA, Sci-fi
Source + Date Read: Library + April 2015
Recommend: Great plot with amazing sci-fi element.
Book Pro’s: Strong characters.
Book Con’s: I didn’t like the alternating perspectives style.
Favourite Line: “Some things you can never leave behind. They don’t belong to the past. They belong to you.”
I got this at the Finsbury Library in Islington and the minute I saw the cover, I nabbed it. I’d heard a lot of talk about this book when it came out and I was living in The Bahamas then so, I had no chance of getting my hands on it. But yet! 2 years later! I find my chance! I find it! It was staring at me from the Children’s section. I didn’t care about that fact and I’ll get into that in another post.
OK back to the book. The 5th Wave had a rough start for me. I didn’t particularly enjoy it and I got really sick of hearing about Ben Parish (and now that I’ve finished it, I still don’t like to hear about darn Ben Parish) so I had to keep pushing myself to get into it, to get going. Finally, about a quarter into the book when Evan walks in, I get into it. Yancey writes pretty well and everything is described in such simple yet really rich detail. There is a bit where Cassie describes the stars, like that it’s so quiet she can hear the stars scraping. I loved that description! I remember mouthing it verbally when I read that part, it seemed so rich and so sensory.
The book is also told from alternating perspectives, this is a device that I do not enjoy. I have never enjoyed it and I will probably also, never enjoy it. I hate flipping between perspectives and protagonists. In the 5th Wave it is done well but I will admit that I skipped some chapters, like skipped the entire thing because that character’s perspective was not engaging for me. This is a personal choice and I’d like to hear from others as to what they thought of this literary device.
I greatly enjoyed this book’s plot- I don’t know how Yancey managed to twist everything around so artfully, but he did it well. Actually, if I had to sum up the plot for this novel, I’d say that it’s smart. Everything about this is smart. I’m definitely invested in this series and need to find a way to get the second book! I can’t wait till the third comes out as well.
All in all The 5th Wave is a great series with a rich plot and so many twists and turns that I was left enthralled and completely emotionally invested.