Book Review: The 5th Wave

Rick Yancey, The 5th wave, chloe moretz4-star

Title: The 5th Wave

Author: Rick Yancey

Series?  Yes

Rating: 4/5


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“How do you rid the Earth of humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.”

With The 5th Wave, there’s intrigue and action from the get-go as we’re plopped unceremoniously into the midst of an apocalypse. The human race has been decimated by four previous waves of attack by mysterious beings. The methods they used to dispose of us are ruthless, designed not only to kill but to destroy our spirit, I thought it was like a modern iteration of the Plagues of Egypt. But God wasn’t behind these destruction, instead it was an alien race with unknown motives.  At the end of the 4th wave, our narrator, Cassie thinks she’s possibly the only human left on Earth. After all the horrors she’s witnessed, Cassie is understandably jaded and mistrustful.  Her only mission left in life is to find her little brother, who became separated from her earlier on in the plotline.

“It’s hard to plan for what comes next when what comes next is not something you planned for.”

Here is a book that I was primed to love unreservedly, I was all ready to give it 5 stars, but the book did not quite hit its peak for me.  Apocalyptic survival story are one of my favourite storylines as it allows the question: ‘What are humans capable of in face of extremely awful odds?’ to be explored on a grand scale.  So I was a little bit disappointed with The 5th Wave, as I felt the plot did not reach its full potential despite the exciting opening chapters.  I found the middle part of the book especially hard to get through, while I understand that it was setting up for the finale – I felt that the writing could have been tighter.  Instead, we got quite a few wasted chapters of Cassie and Evan (designated-love-interest no.1) in a barn house that didn’t contribute to the conclusion much.

“But if I’m it, the last of my kind, the last page of human history, like hell I’m going to let the story end this way. I may be the last one, but I am the one still standing. I am the one turning to face the faceless hunter in the woods on an abandoned highway. I am the one not running but facing. Because if I am the last one, then I am humanity. And if this is humanity’s last war, then I am the battlefield.”

I did like all of the characters we were introduced to in this book. I admired Cassie’s determination and love she had for her family. Despite her less than ideal situation, she still retains a biting sense of humour.  However, I wasn’t impressed with how quickly she trusted (and even falls for!) Evan.  I understood that the love story was part of an essential theme through the book, what with all the questions about what makes us human – nonetheless, it developed out of nowhere and left me baffled.  Evan remains an enigma, his one defining trait is his love for Cassie.  I also wish we got to see other characters such as Zombie and his group develop a little more.  While I liked Zombie’s internal conflict, I admit that my eyes glazed over a lot of his middle chapters – too much military bootcamp for me.

“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.”

Speaking of Zombie and co, the aliens’ plan did not make any sense by this point, surely there’s better ways to annihilate the race than pitch children against one another? Yes, yes, the whole humanity thematic thing again- but I just didn’t find their logic believable. Not when they were readily disposing of us in previous waves.  Hopefully there’s a better explanation to their line of thinking in the next book, please?  However, I appreciated the strength the characters got to display thanks to this fail alien logic.  Despite all my ranting, it always warms my black heart to see that family, love, trust, strength. and all that good stuff prevail against all odds.  I am still rooting for these kids and hope to see them kick some alien butts in the next books.

“The harder survival becomes, the more you want to pull together. And the more you want to pull together, the harder survival becomes.”

Overall, this book has a very strong opening and ending chapters and left me wanting the sequel. This is more than enough to make up for the occasional lapses in logic and poorer middle chapters.  Plus, it’s going to be a movie starring Chloe Moretz, all the more reason to pick it up if you haven’t read it!

14 thoughts on “Book Review: The 5th Wave

  1. Neat review! 🙂 I picked up the 5th Wave last year and found it contained a lot of telling rather than showing and filters… So it ended up as a DNF :/ But I’m glad you enjoyed it. Maybe I’ll pick it up before the movie comes out.


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    1. Hi Kristy! Aw sorry to hear you didn’t like it, I hate the feeling of DNF-ing a book but def. have to cut your losses sometimes rather than soldier on. Hopefully the movie version will be more enjoyable for you 🙂

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  2. Your review is very spot on with what I felt for this book. I was so ready to love this one considering come release day everybody was raving about it crazily. Then I bought it and ended up so disappointed that I had to make a video review to rant about it dynamically. HAHA. I hated that Cassie was all, “I WILL TRUST NO ONE, I WILL TRUST NO ONE.” then Evan comes who acts like an A+ stalker and she lets her guard down and wonders what it’s like to kiss him. I MEAN THE FUCK?! WHY, CASSIE?! WHYYY?!

    Faye at The Social Potato

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    1. Ikr! For someone who’s meant to be distrustful, she certainly wasted no time lounging around his house, eating chocolate and chilling like a spoiled cat lmao. But I did like to rest of the book, so I’ll get the sequel.

      Thanks for commenting, Faye 😀


      1. The rest of the book were definitely okay, esp. when it came to Zombie and stuff (although the method the aliens used to “eliminate” humanity was pretty… bizarre), but Cassie and Even at that point of time I mentioned almost ruined everything for me.

        Faye at The Social Potato


    1. Yes and the movie is coming out soon so all the more reason to read it!

      Thanks for commenting, Jessica!


  3. THAT ROMANCE. SHEESH. It really angered me. WHY?! How could a badass like Cassie immediately MELT after the chocolate-caramel-marshmallow-gushy eyes from Evan? It was completely inconsistent with her character and I raged. And how obvious it was that it was EVAN who was her Silencer.
    I was more interested in Zombie’s chapter as soon as Cassie fell in love with Evan.

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    1. Haha Hilary your comment made me laugh, thank you.

      As soon as Cassie was like ‘his breath smells like chocolate’ I was screaming NOPE! why Cassie you’ve been so reasonable and smart until now.

      Excited to see more of Zombie and Ringer in the sequel.


  4. This has been on my readpile for ages – after reading your review I think it might stay there a bit longer – I’ll eventually get round to it but it doesn’t sound like I need to drop everything and read this one asap!

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    1. It was largely very good, just the instalove that mainly threw me off. Maybe you can wait til the theatrical release to see how you feel about reading it 🙂 Thanks for commenting!


  5. I completely agree with you 100%. This was such an intense and gripping read and I loved it. Glad to hear you did too, and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the sequel. 🙂 Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ❤

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    1. I will definitely read the sequel by the time the third book comes out. Glad you enjoyedit!


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