Tuesday, 17 September 2013

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy

The Passage meets The Hunger Games in a gripping new series from Carnegie-shortlisted Rick Yancey. 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. 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, until Cassie meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be her only hope for rescuing her brother and even saving herself. Now she must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up. Cassie Sullivan gets up.

 Two thirds of the way through The Fifth Wave I turned to my husband and said "good grief this is worse that Mission Impossible for twists." True no one rips their face off to reveal they're Tom Cruise, but it is a very twisty turny type book. Which isn't a bad thing by any means, but I'm not entirely sure all the twists add up. I had a lot of "but why?" questions when I'd finished. Hopefully they'll be resolved in Book 2.

A plot twist too many aside, I enjoyed this book a great deal. It's extremely fast paced and well written and I flew through the pages. It was a great holiday read, even if parts did make me queasy (I have a low tolerance for blood and violence). 

The two main characters Cassie and Ben were really well done. They're likeable and their responses to events felt realistic, as did their voices.  I liked how they started off in the same place, had different experiences, and then their story lines came together in the end. I was definitely rooting for them. Cassie's baby brother Sam, who I think may play a big role in the next book, was adorably sweet too.

The other character were more mysterious, I'd love to know more about them, especially Evan. It's these other characters that have me excited for book 2. I know they're are going to be more twists and it's fun trying to work out who to trust and what everyone's motivation is.

The 5th Wave is a fun, fast read. It would be great for a book group as I really wanted to dissect the plot after I'd read it. Also it's fun to think what would I do? How would I react?

Have you read The 5th Wave? What did you think of the twists?

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