Saturday, September 20

The 5th Wave

For a year, I've been having this internal debate on whether to read the 5th Wave or not. There's just been so many different opinions from raves to rants. About a month ago I gave in to my unofficial "rule" about me being the judge of my opinions about books and not letting others affect my own personal opinion. So, here is my review.

 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. 
This is a song I found on youtube that was inspired by the book. It kinda has spoilers but only if you really read into the lyrics. Give it a listen. I think it's actually very good.

 My Thoughts... It took a long while to get into the book. I mean those first 100 pages just dragged on! Not to mention how confused I was. There seemed to be very little context so I couldn't understand who, what, where...! Then when the POV changes and doesn't explain who's POV it is and expects me to be able to figure it out.. it's just - ARGHH!
On a better note I thought the actual plot was good. (Somehow) I had never read a book about an "alien invasion"... - wait, does The Host count as an alien invasion?  The second half of the book had a lot of action and suspense, but nothing that would keep you up at night alas. The first half, I felt, was written in such high suspense with absolutely nothing remotely happening that it got very tiring after a while. Everything about the first half I didn't like. I also didn't like how amidst an alien invasion the main character managed to focus her time thinking about some stupid, arrogant, superficial  boy!! I did like Evan though. And her brother. They were characters that I could tolerate and sort of understand.

I know that I sound like I really didn't like this book but it really wasn't all that bad. I just think it got a bit too overhyped and sometimes too degraded. It belongs somewhere in the middle ground.

★ ★ ★
Marian  ^_^


  1. I'd love to read this!

  2. Hmm. Great review, Marian! I don't think I'll be picking this up any time soon. In my opinion, there are too many *good* books in the world to spend time on those that are merely average.

    1. Yeah, I agree with you. There are definitely some far better books out there but still, I like to keep an open mind.
      Thanks Emily! ^_^


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