I absolutely LOVED this gripping, addictive, well-written, action-packed page-turner!
5 starts all the way!
It gets all my check marks: ✓ Writing, ✓ Characterization, ✓ Premise, ✓Plot and ✓World-building.
I can’t wait to watch the movie, which will be release next Friday the 22nd! 🙂
About the Book
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.
There was only one tiny thing that wasn’t perfect for me: the main female character, Cassie, in the first chapters. I was like… huh???
A sixteen years old, surviving all by herself, in a post-apocalyptic earth, plagued with aliens that want to kill her, with a M-16 hanging on her shoulder, killing people at “hello”?
No, no, no…
Rick’s strong voice [I LOVE Rick’s voice!] filtered into Cassie’s a little too much. Female characters written by male authors often have an edge that makes them seem off.
There is a scene where Cassie, a typical sixteen year old suburban girl [that was texting about parties just four months ago] is standing behind a soldier and watches him kill someone with a rifle. Then, the soldier spins toward her, rifle still up, pointed at her.
So what happens in that fraction of a second?
What does this sixteen year old have time to do? blink? Try to understand what she just saw? Wondered why the soldier did it?
In that infinitesimal fraction of time, Cassie decides that she is next, reaches for the gun in his back pocket and kills the soldier, point-blank, right in the head!
Ok.. again… a teenager girl, who had never fired a gun in her life, beats a trained soldier, who is already pointing a gun at her, in a shooting contest!
I’m like… Huh?? NO! NOOOO! Whyyyy??? The book was going so well until now! UGH!!!!
I hope this gets edited in the movie!!!! Make the soldier trip, or ran out of ammo, or make the rifle malfunction, or make someone else kill the soldier before he shoots Cassie. Anything. Anything is more believable than Cassie being faster than a trained soldier pointing a gun at her.
[end of spoiler]
Since I read a lot of dystopian I’ve seen my quote of not-so-believable heroines but at least they had been trained or had been allowed to learn some skills.
This… nope. Not in a million years. If I had not been so set in reading the book before watching the movie I may have put the book down.
Sorry, I tried but I couldn’t let that one go! Cassie surviving that scene is the only reason we have a protagonist for this story!
But that’s the only thing. After that, this book is flawless! I wanted you to know that you should not give up on the book!
The reader in me, the one that has read tons of books, is always a little over-critical. But the writer in me, the one that still gives birth to every sentence with pain and had found no voice, bows to Rick!
Let’s start with the voice. Oh, the voice! like a M-16 riffle that a soldier devotedly rubbed with an oily rag for who knows how long: metal stark and blunt with just the right glimmer of metaphor and poetry.
Second, the scene development! Outstanding! No wonder this book became a movie! It was better than watching a movie! Rick is like a movie director, carefully crafting every scene, every angle and picture of the camera. Topping the sunday with the cherry of great dialogues. He takes you in! You are IN the scene, in the setting with the characters, all senses engaged, experiencing the action with them. All done in a way that description masterfully blended with action without slowing you down. I tend to just skim through descriptions and I didn’t skip one word of this book!
Then is the writing style, elegant and engaging. The character development, the awesome world-building… what a class act! this book is fantastic!
The Silencer [an alien] is my favorite character! so well-developed! It makes you wonder “where does humanity lies? What makes us human?” One of my favorite alien’s quote:
A moment comes in war when the last line must be crossed, the line that separates what you hold dear from what total war demands. He couldn’t cross that line. The battle was over, and he was lost. His heart, the war, her face, the battlefield. With a cry only he could hear the hunter turned and ran
Then this scene, I that made The 5th Wave one of favorite books ever!
In the stillness of the world were the life we knew before the arrival died he tastes my tears before I can feel them. Where they would be tears, his kiss. ‘I didn’t save you,’ he whispers, lips tickling my eyes lashes. ‘You saved me’ He repeats it over and over until we fall asleep pressed against each other his voice in my ears, my tears in his mouth “you saved me
I thoroughly enjoy this book. Definitely, my kind of book. Action-driven, well-written, great world-building… and, the world is ending! If the world is ending, I’m in! [what is wrong with me? LOL]
I’m already reading book 2!
The Infinite Sea
Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.
Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.
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