The 5th Wave – 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, just 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 may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother-or ever 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 only reason I read The 5th Wave was because John Green recommended it. This is not my usual type of book that i’d read. It turned out to be a really good book. I had a hard time putting it down. The 5th Wave had a very interesting story line. It was exciting, and suspenseful. I couldn’t tell what was going to happen next. I ended up really enjoying this book. It had a little bit of everything. It had the action and the fighting, that boys like. It had the romantic angle, for the girls. It had a strong female lead for readers who like that. I also really enjoyed all the twists and turns and the intertwining connections between all the characters. There are so many good things about this book.
The characters were fantastic as well. The female lead, Cassie, spends most of the book on a mission to find and rescue her younger brother. She’s very determined and follows through with her plans, falling in love and meeting a friend on the way. Cassie’s smart, she doesn’t go into anything without thinking it through. She’s also very caring. She is rescued and put into a very interesting situation. She absolutely loves Evan. And I kind of adore that about her. She takes risks for what she’s passionate about. Cassie is really just a great girl.
The male lead character, Ben Parish, goes through a lot when the Others came around. He ended up being drafted into the makeshift army. Ben is pretty much brainwashed by the army. He eventually straightens his head out, but he has to rescue his team member nugget before he can escape. Ben is a pretty good guy. He’s determined and focused. Because of this he succeeds in his mission.
Next is Evan Walker, he’s a hard guy to talk about without giving too much away. Evan really means well. He has good intentions. He never wanted this. Then he falls in love with Cassie. His whole life becomes about protecting her in all the dangerous situations she finds. Evan is strong and capable. He tries to be good and I think that’s what matters.
Last there’s Sammy, Cassie’s little brother. Sammy is a very brave little boy. He mostly just goes with the flow. But he never loses hope that Cassie’s going to come for him. He believes in his sister. Sammy meets a lot of people, some that help him in his future. Sammy is a very smart, very lucky boy.
As a whole, I really liked this book. It sucked me in. The 5th Wave is a good book to get lost in. If anyone else has read it let me know what you thought!

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.

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