The 5th Wave

**I posted this review over a year ago on my other blog. I loved the book so much (and still do) that I want to share this on my new blog with all my new followers!

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“Not Cassie for Cassandra. Or Cassie for Cassidy. Cassie for Cassiopeia, the girl in the woods who slept with a teddy bear in one hand and a rifle in the other. The girl with the strawberry blonde curls who stood a little over five feet four in her bare feet, so young-looking he was surprised to learn she was sixteen. The girl who sobbed in the pitch black of the deep woods, terrified one moment, defiant the next, wondering if she was the last person on Earth…”

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Author: Rick Yancey

Rating: 5/5

Song: Clarity – Zed

Normally, I shy away from alien invasion books. In my mind they are either completely ludacris, completely unrealistic, or there is just to much death rays and green eyed men for there to be any kind of a plot line. And to find a YA alien invasion book that is worth reading…that’s almost as completely unrealistic as aliens themselves. The 5th Wave, however, defies all of that. Cassie is possibly one of the strongest heroines of 2013 YA fiction. She is unflinching in the face of danger.

Fear didn’t paralyze Cassie Sullivan, like it did some humans. Fear crystallized her reason, hardened her will, clarified her options.”

The characters in this story are very real, and the reader easily can connect to them.

Cassie: She’s just an all around badass, but at the same time a scared teenage girl whose world is falling apart. Zombie: Because he is just as scared as Cassie, but he battles through it and learns how to survive. Nugget: Honestly, who doesn’t love this kid. He is the sweetest and most lovable little boy since SJ from the Blind Side movie. Ringer: She is my hero. Plain and simple as that. Kickass, and I’m pretty sure there is more to her than Mr. Yancey has decided to let on at this point. I believe there are great things in store for Ringer. The Silencer: (whose name will not be mentioned to avoid spoilers) this characters was one of those “WTF” out of left field things that left me reeling.

This book is very strong in the sense that it flows well. Even when switching POV’s, which happens frequently, the reader is never completely lost. They know where they are in the world of the book. Rick Yancey also does an incredibly good job of messing with the readers mind. He creates a sense of paranoia in the reader that they can never quite shake; they become as suspicious and on edge as Cassie herself. You live in the book with Cassie; you feel her pain and her desperation to find just one person she can trust. This book was filled with many “Holy sh*t did that really just happen?!” and “WHAT!? NO!” moments, which is what I love most about books. When I finished the book, I was left crying, for various reasons. One of those was that I did not know  that this was part of a trilogy, and there is so much that is left unresolved that I couldn’t believe that was it. But fear not, there is a second book, that has yet to receive a title, expected sometime in August 2014… I DON’T THINK I CAN MAKE IT THAT LONG. At least there will be a second one. And remember, good writing takes time. So patience will become my strongest virtue.

This book is a must read if you like Divergent or the Hunger Games. In some ways, I liked it even more than the Hunger Games and I feel it has the potential to be as successful and popular as the Hunger Games. So if you are looking for a quality YA sci-fi with a badass heroine and an unforgettable plot line, then grab the 5th Wave from your local bookstore.

“That’s the most human, most inspiring thing about our species, that somehow we endure.” -Rick Yancey

If you don’t kill all of us all at once, those who remain will not be the weak. It’s the strong who remain, the bent but unbroken, like the iron rods that used to give this concrete its strength. Floods, fires, earthquakes, disease, starvation, betrayal, isolation, murder. What doesn’t kill us sharpens us. Hardens us. Schools us. You’re beating plowshares into swords. You are remaking us. We are the clay, and you are Michelangelo. And we will be your masterpice.”

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