Thursday, June 2, 2016

Book Review: "The 5th Wave" by Rick Yancey

The aliens are here, and are systematically wiping the planet free of humans.  Cassie has somehow survived the first four waves of alien attack, and has no idea when the 5th wave will come.  She just needs to get to her little brother Sam before that happens.  The soldiers took him to their base - they took all the children and Cassie was deemed "too old", but that is all Cassie knows.  She's travelling through some dangerous territory, always afraid of being detected by the alien drones or the snipers.  Can she do it alone?  If she found another human, could she trust enough to accept help?

People have been talking and talking about this book, and I've put it off until now.  The recent movie has made it all the rage once again, but I don't really get it.  It is an interesting enough story - and I say that knowing that science fiction is not my usual cuppa - but it isn't outright amazing.  In fact, it was rather confusing in parts.  Then, there was this "big reveal" that caught me off guard, only because I had already understood that plot point to be a done deal in the story and NOT a major twist.  Not even a little bit.

I did enjoy the narration in multiple points of view.  This allowed us to see what was going on in different geographic areas at the same time as well as feeling closer to a couple of characters who were not Cassie.  But on the whole, eh - I could have passed and been just fine.  I don't think I'll read the rest of the trilogy.  I'm also not going to go out of my way to see the movie, but I have heard some terrifically horrible things about it so if I get the chance, I might catch a scene or two.

*****
The 5th Wave
by Rick Yancey
Penguin, 2013
460 pages
Series:  The 5th Wave #1
Source:  Purchased New
*****

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