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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey Review

I bought this book only because I liked the look of the movie and I hate seeing a movie if it has been based of a book. So I went to my nearest Waterstones and bought it, lucky for me it was in a buy one get one half price sale so I also got another book but we will talk about that when I have finished that book.

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Story

fter 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.

Taken from Goodreads.

My opinion

I liked this book but it did take me a long time to actually get into the book and make the effort to start reading it properly. At the beginning I would normally only read about 5 pages of the book before I got bored. But after the 200th page it really started to kick off and I actually started to enjoy myself and make myself stay up late in order to get the book finished. It was a shame that the first 200 pages were a bit bland as I might have finished the book in a day instead of two weeks.

The story is told from two different points of view, we are given Cassies point of view and another person but I can’t tell you as that would be spoiling things. However it is not until the last couple of chapters that the two points of view actually meet and for a quite long time I thought we were just going to be reading two different points of view of the story and they would never meet or mean anything. Even though they don’t meet for a long time there is a character that both of them would do anything for in order to save them and that is Cassie youngest brother Sam.

It has been some time since I read a sci fi book and it was a good feeling being able to read about aliens and space again. Recently I have been in a horror and fantasy spree but I thought it was time for a change. In my opinion this book makes a really good sci fi novel and if you like the idea of a female main character kicking arse and killing a few aliens then this book is for you as it does all of that. Another part of the book I really enjoyed was how in detail the author goes into the thoughts of the character. It gives us the reason to why they are making the decisions, such as why does Cassie stay in the same place and doesn’t move and why doesn’t she trust the person she is with. For me this is something I haven’t seen while reading a book and I loved it and think a lot more authors should do the same thing.

It does take a little while before you realise which part you are reading as it doesn’t tell you which point of view you are reading and it normally took me about a page to realise where the point of view last left us in the story and how it has picked up from there.

I like the new idea of the aliens, im not going to spoil anything but they aren’t green and have big heads so it was another new idea I really liked.

This book has a lot of suspense and it makes you want to turn the page in order to find out what is going to happen next to cassie or another character, overall the last 200 pages of the book are fantastic and I can not find a single fault with what the author did at this point but the first 200 were just boring and took a while for me to be able to start reading it properly.

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