Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey was the hottest topic for quite a few months surrounding its release. I was definitely curious to read it, wondering how good a book can be. Perhaps it was because I had set such high expectations for this novel, but while The 5th Wave was a brilliant read, it disappointed me in a few areas here and there.
The first thing I noticed within the opening chapters of The 5th Wave was Rick Yancey’s writing. It’s exquisite and sophisticated. Throughout the entire novel, it flows very nicely and it’s easy to read. Yancey’s exceptional writing style stands out and helps supplement this action-packed story.
The one surprising quality – and downfall – of this novel is the multiple perspectives. Having stories told in more than one POV is usually a hit-or-miss for me, but it turned out to be in-between for me in this case. The story starts off with the main character Cassie’s POV, and after each “part”, a few others are introduced. I was taken aback by it, and I can’t say I like it very much. I was constantly confused in the beginning, but after awhile I grew accustomed to it. Needless to say, Cassie’s perspective is more favorable than the others, for some reason in which I cannot pinpoint. Her sarcastic voice? Her more interesting story? Either way, the various viewpoints is not something that is suitable for me, but I can see why it had to be done in order to make the story work.
Other than that, The 5th Wave is quite the exhilarating read with a complex storyline, since it follows many main characters. The way I think about this book is that it’s divided into a post-apocalyptic section as well as a dystopian/sci-fi section (which is much like Ender’s Game). Both are very fast-paced and intense, making this book a very hard one to put down, even for just a quick breath of air.
Finally, the character relationships in this novel is done expertly and realistically. You’ve got romantic, friend, family, and enemy relationships all in this complex book. Fortunately, I liked every one of them. The way each character interacts with each other is particularly interesting because in an alien-invaded world, you can trust no one. The deception and doubt of trust is spine-tingling and heart-pounding.
To sum up, The 5th Wave shines brightly among all of the post-apocalyptic/dystopian reads with its exquisite composition, action-packed story, and realistic character relationships. The one downfall is the multiple perspectives, but the story itself is still one that no one should be skipping out on. The 5th Wave is exciting, thrilling, and simply put, a page-flipper.