Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave (2013) is a YA sci-fi post-apocalyptic novel. In it, aliens have reached Earth. They have attacked humans in a series of attacks, or waves, if you will. There has been 4 waves so far and everything has been calm so far. The few survivors of the attacks are waiting for the next calamity to happen. This is the world our protagonist, Cassie, is living in. When her family gets threatened, she has to do everything in her power to prevent them from dying.
The most notable thing I noticed about the book as soon as I finished was how well balanced the story was. Yancey did a fantastic job at weaving between the present and the past. Flashbacking in any story is a dangerous proposition. If done incorrectly, the reader can get lost, but Yancey got it down right. The result is Cassie’s story being presented in a way to make her likable. There’s also enough information presented about the secondary characters that makes the reader care about what happens to them.
The other great element is this book are the difficulties Cassie has to overcome. They feel real and believable while at the same time impossible to overcome. This makes it more satisfying when she overcomes them. The world the story takes place in is perfect for the story. It feels real and not too different from the one we live in right now. This made the story even more relatable.
I highly recommend this book. The journey Cassie takes will make your heart race and will leave you breathless. The stakes get raised and the conclusion will leave you feeling satisfied. I guarantee you’ll like this book.
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