“I thought the only way to hold on was to find something to live for. It isn’t. To hold on, you have to find something you’re willing to die for.”
When my copy of “The 5th Wave” by Rick Yancey arrived, I was taken aback by the beauty of my hardback edition. The pages in between each section of the book are also stunning, showing space and stars. I was eager to see if the story could contend with the appearance of the book, and I am pleasantly satisfied that it did.
The only other story that I have read including an alien invasion was “The Host” by Stephanie Meyer. I loved that book, and although the storylines differed substantially, I really enjoyed this book too.
Cassie is a survivor of the 4 Waves of the alien invasion so far; she is one of very few. Her brother has been taken from her, and her sole mission is to rescue him.
I quite like that Cassie was so determined to rescue her brother, as it made me consider what I would do in such situation; a quote that I found really powerful is “I don’t care what the stars say about how small we are. One, even the smallest, weakest, most insignificant one, matters”.
The narrative was very readable and believable. I enjoyed the switches between Cassie’s and Ben’s points of view, as it allowed me to see what was going on on both sides of the war.
[spoiler] The revelation that Ben and his fellow soldiers were the 5th Wave came like a shock to the system; it was difficult to comprehend that all the other child soldiers were recklessly killing the remaining human population, with no clue as to what they were doing. [end of spoiler]
I like the fact that the last section of the book is titled The Infinite Sea, as I know that that is the title of the sequel, which I am eagerly anticipating to read. It allows the story to continue without stopping; it’s as if this book hasn’t ended, it’s just pausing until it can be continued. However, [spoiler] I really need to find out what happened to Evan!! Although it took me a while to like his character, I have grown attached and feel a need to find out if he is alive…
If you are interested in action, science fiction, strong storylines, believable characters and an emotional thrill ride, then definitely pick up this book soon!