FTC Disclosure: I received an advance copy of this book from the Amazon Vine Program in exchange for an honest review.
ARC Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Goodreads Summary: 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.
I am a fan of Yancey’s Alfred Kropp series. While the stories are very different, the writing in both are excellent.
The 5th Wave is an edgy story about alien invasion told from the alternating view points of Ben (Private Zombie) and Cassie. Most of the adult population has been wiped out and it is up to the children to save human kind. Not an easy thing to do when you can’t readily identify the good guys from the bad guys. That was one of the things that kept me on the edge of my seat – just who were the bad guys?
I found the characters to be strong and engaging. Ben’s and Cassie’s characters make significant growth throughout the story. There are plenty of secondary characters to both love and hate. Maybe it’s because I’m a mom, but Sams (Cassie’s younger brother) is one of my favorite characters. And maybe it’s because I’m a mom that I was bothered once again by the lack of likable adult characters.
Over all I really enjoyed reading this book. It’s a thick read, but the 457 pages flew by. I’m not sure if this is a series. I tried to research it to find out for sure, but couldn’t find any definitive answer. The story ends in such a way that it could be simply a stand alone or the beginning of a new series. I want to know more, so I’m crossing my fingers for it being the first in a series.
The publisher is marketing this book to readers aged 12 and up. Personally, I think it would be better suited for 14 and up. The book does contain violence (not gratuitous, but there all the same) that would be better suited for older readers. Though the main characters are young teens, I believe many adult readers will enjoy this story.
So, if you are looking for a bit of an edgy alien invasion story, this is the one for you. It will be released on May 7, 2013. Put it on your reading list now.