Author: Rick Yancey
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Description: 457 pages, Young Adult Fiction
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.
Trust No One
Honestly, I don’t possess ardency enough for the science fiction genre to have truly delighted in any novel labeled as such. However, I do admit to devouring this book immediately– it was, in my opinion, such a gripping tale of love and loss, friendship and enmity, hope and tragedy, that sent me into a world I immediately embraced despite the pandemonium. It was, comprehensively, impossible to feel the most trifling desire to put the book down and save the story for later. Though sometimes I don’t appreciate feeling an intense need for resolve, I was largely impressed with the way Yancey approached his own definition of dystopia. The flashback scenes and the multiple POV’s backed the story immensely in terms of world-building, and it helped that the protagonist, Cassie, was a very rational thinker who never lost hope and didn’t try to commit suicide every time the opportunity presented itself. Both her male leads, Evan and Ben, were also audacious but not foolhardy, cautious but not completely distrusting, and I admired all three almost as much as I did the entire book, which was fantastic. And because the sweeping carnage in Cassie’s world was the sort of exodus I’d pick last for a preferred apocalypse, I found myself completely entwined with the world of the characters– the book was riveting and interesting despite the fact that it was almost entirely heartbreaking. There was a sense of hope for the light at the end of the tunnel, as well as an undying faith in humankind that I find hard to grasp even in reality, and I guess that in itself made me love the book and the story behind it.
Cassie Is For Cassiopeia
Cassie was a witty and defiant girl with a spunky attitude, who might have deserved a bitch slap because of her constant sarcasm. She was far from anything like that, however, because she was completely believable and altogether human, and I found it easy to connect to her emotionally. I never could imagine going through any of the things she had to, and I guess that aided me in excusing her rash behavior, seeing as though she was in the middle of an alien invasion. I found myself completely agreeing with all of her decisions, whether it was to hold back or to completely open up, especially in terms of Evan. Because of the betrayal that lead to the death of many of her loved ones, she tried to shut herself out from the rest of civilization by adopting the strategy that brought her to trusting no one. Though a kiss from an otherwise gorgeous boy would not have made her any surer that he wasn’t secretly plotting her brutal murder, I was quite satisfied with the romantic build-up and excited by the tension that existed between Cassie and Evan. Though I was bothered by the semi instant love, the back story on the mysterious rescuer who never seemed to get hurt was unfolded and brought before me, and the resolve I got by the end of the book was highly satisfactory. Even though a thousand other questions were brought to the surface, this only increased my anxiety for the next installment in this phenomenal series.
The Zombie and The Silencer
Both Ben and Evan seemed to me the most drop-dead gorgeous and excruciatingly good-looking male leads on the planet, which shouldn’t have been saying much since they were in the midst of a mass genocide. However, I found myself more attached to Ben Parish’s character, who, despite being a former playboy and Cassie’s not-so-former object of desire, evolved into a disciplined and independent person who tried his best to attend to the needs of the people around him. Though it was hard to understand him at first, because of his glorious star status, I found myself increasingly attracted to him. I of course, could have done with a little less confusion in terms of the transition between his POV’s and Cassie’s, which, unless I am blind, did not actually exist. Evan Walker, on the other hand, was a mysterious and beguiling boy whom I was intimidated of at first. I didn’t get him as much because of his feelings for Cassie, which seemed to stem from a total void, though I was glad to find out that the end of the book explained a lot of the things that needed explaining. The rest of the characters were also quite interesting (and there weren’t many of them really). Overall, I held no complaints in terms of the personalities of any of them, save for Sammy, who was a kid that could not help but feel superficial. In the greater scheme of things though, his depth, or lack thereof, was hardly even accounted for.
The Dawn Of The 5th Wave
In conclusion, this book was an amazing read that kept me on my toes for pages and pages on end. Though many found the book lackadaisical, and all too gradual in terms of the build up of plot and tension, I was relieved that it had the opposite effect on me– it wasn’t stagnant, but compelling, and the lack of immediacy didn’t serve to make me grow increasingly impatient as it did make me increasingly enthusiastic. Consequently, the action and suspense climaxed greatly for me, and I thought the way the main characters maneuvered themselves out of trouble was exciting.
This book is definitely a recommended read for fans of science fiction and dystopia, as well as for those who don’t mind a slow but delicious build-up into an ending that isn’t as extravagant as it is emotional and heartfelt. But for once-skeptics like me, I encourage you to try out as well. Consider me indoctrinated 😉
On a side note, I feel wholly apologetic for going AWOL– I didn’t mean to disappear without warning, but like I said, I’m in the midst of a high school life, and am quite burdened by tons of homework. I just took my College Admissions Test this morning, and had to brush up on past lessons in preparation. Additionally, I had to study for long exams during the days I was away, so if you’re willing to forgive me my absence, please do, as I’m back! 😀 Periodical exams commence next week though– so wish me luck! And please don’t forget to fill out my blog survey (sidebar) if you haven’t already.