Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Title: The 5th Wave
Author: Rick Yancey
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic
Publisher: Penguin
Published: May 7th 2013
Page Number: 460
Rating: 4.5/5


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.

I had heard such amazing things about The 5th Wave, but my hesitance towards reading about Aliens really worried me. I'm not exactly a Sci-fi liker, not too bothered about them really, so I was completely surprised by how much I loved this book.
At first I was left confused because us readers aren't exactly sure what's going on, it was mysterious and creepy, and just a little exciting. Cassie isn't a new character in YA fiction, she follows a line after Katniss Everdeen, Tris Prior and Clary Fray. But the difference between Cassie and Katniss is that Cassie is extremely likeable. She's kick-ass, but still has the understand undertone. She knows loss, she knows life.
Rick Yancey's writing is extremely beautiful and detailed and I found myself adapting his writing style to my own writing, which is something that only happens once in a while, mostly in a good book. He writes so well, with the description that isn't too much or too little. He's mastered it perfectly. In fact, that's what I loved so much: there was something for everyone. However, I had one big problem with the story that knocked the book down by .5 stars. Insta-love. No reader likes Insta-love. No one. And while I liked both Evan and Cassie together, I also hated the way they fell in love. It wasn't just quick, it was extremely quick. I still ship Evan and Cassie though.
I honestly cannot recommend this book enough, and there's a movie coming out with Chloe Grace Moretz starring as Cassie. I cannot wait, it's going to be action packed and definitely a box office hit. It hits cinemas in January 2016.

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