Review: The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1) by Rick Yancey


Rating: ** / 2 out of 5
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian
Expected publication: May 7, 2013 by Putnam Juvenile
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The Passage meets Ender’s Game in an epic new series from award-winning author 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, 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.




The video review says it all, but basically, to sum it all up, 2 stars because:

  • PREDICTABLE. Highly, annoyingly predictable. It didn’t leave much to the imagination because I already knew what was happening 6000 light years away. Usually I’m okay with this since there’s really not much originality before and it all depends on the execution, but this was hyped so much that it made me think there was something special about it. But no, there wasn’t. Been there, done that. A lot of other stuff were better.
  • ANNOYING HEROINE. Fickle, feisty, rude, reckless. A train wreck, if you ask me. She kept on telling herself to trust no one, over and over and over like an ancient mantra, and cue in the first guy she sees and WHAM! she wonders what his kisses are like, she gets lost in his chocolate brown eyes. Uhhh… yeah, where have I seen that before? There were other stuff, too, but she’s exhausting so I’d rather not bother. But if you’re tired of this kind of heroines, she’ll get on your nerves, too.
  • SITUATIONS THAT DIDN’T MAKE SENSE. Lots of bullshitry here, folks. Lots and lots and lots.
  • CLICHÉ TO THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF DOOM. The romance wasn’t a romance, it was bullshit. One love interest is of course something else… and he realizes after meeting the heroine that he doesn’t want to be a killing machine anymore, and she’s willing to do anything for her… yup, yup. *yawn*

Overall, I think the hype killed it. I expected too much and was just severely disappointed, that despite being a generally decent book, I couldn’t give it higher than two because of the bitter feelings that ensued. Sorry.

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  1. says

    OMG! Every review I’ve read is about how great this book is. I am totally not buying it, now. I’ll wait for my library to get it.

    • FayeFaye says

      IMO, it’s not that great. Pretty average and meh :( But maybe that’s just me D: So many people loved it and I’m still trying to figure out if we read the same book or what lol

  2. says

    Ha, I was disappointed too, because of the hype. I rated it higher, because I didn’t hate Cassie. I liked her in the beginning, but once the romance started just blergh. Also, the writing was pretty.

    I hate when I buy a book brand new and then it sucks. Hardbacks are SO expensive. If I spend over ten bucks for a book, it better be AWESOME.

    I’m glad you mentioned the predictability and romance, because those were huge issues for me too.

    • FayeFaye says

      OMG, Christina, I’m so glad I’m not the only one! I was a bit afraid to approach you about this because of your four stars :D HAHA. Indeed, the romance became pretty rocky, and frack, the LI was also creepy. Nevermind his blonde curls and brown eyes, you don’t stalk a woman like that T.T

      I think I’m going to have to follow that advice. I spent so much on this one and it just made me feel sad and disappointed. Every time I look at it, I get angry. =(((

  3. says

    It seems all these hyped up books or books everyone keeps loving, you just end up not enjoying it all. The Archived, Eternity Cure, now this… Sorry. At least your review knocks it down a few notches and I’ll expect a little bit less than the hype. Thanks for the honest review, Faye!

    • FayeFaye says

      Thanks for the comment, Katrina! Yes, you’re right D: I expected so much from those two and ended up being really, really disappointed. I sense a pattern here >_>

  4. says

    Yeah, definitely the hype killed it. I rated it 3.5 stars. Yancey’s The Monstrumologist is MUCH better. Love the Vlog review!

    P.S.: I’m not a stalker. I saw one of your tweets that linked to this review and I decided to check on it, lol.
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