Review: The 5th Wave

 5th waveTitle: The 5th Wave

 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.

my thoughts

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.

Design A

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.

Design A

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.

“But if I’m it, the last of my kind, the last page of human history, like hell I’m going to let the story end this way. I may be the last one, but I am the one still standing. I am the one turning to face the faceless hunter in the woods on an abandoned highway. I am the one not running but facing. Because if I am the last one, then I am humanity. And if this is humanity’s last war, then I am the battlefield.”   

Design A

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 😉


 “I thought I knew what loneliness was before he found me, but I had no clue. You don’t know what real loneliness is until you’ve known the opposite.” 

Design A

my rating


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.



17 thoughts on “Review: The 5th Wave

  1. I’m happy to see that you enjoyed this one! Reviews have started to come out all over the place since release, although initially they were all overwhelmingly positive, so I didn’t know what to think anymore. It’s waiting for me at the library & I’m looking forward to it, though apprehensive over the instalove/love triangle…

    Great review, Jasmine 🙂

    • Thank you Paola! I actually picked this book up because I got encouraged by the positive reviews, and I’m happy that it worked out well for me too 😀 The insta-love factor wasn’t too bothersome, since Evan’s abrupt behavior was explained most reasonably somewhere in the middle, and the love triangle with Ben wasn’t hinted at that much, though I do expect something to stem from it. Again, I highly recommend this one! I’ll wait for your review when you get to read it 😉

  2. I totally agree about this being a gripping big. I couldn’t put it down, because the writing is so engaging. If anything, this book is entertaining. My biggest problem with the book was Evan Walker. I just couldn’t stand the guy. I mean zombie was ok, but him? no no no. He was too attached and naive for his age. I don’t know, I just didn’t like whatever it is he had with Cassie. didn’t feel healthy. Ok, in all fairness, they were in the middle of an apocalypse, but still..

    • Haha! Well this is the first time I’ve ever heard someone complain about him! Though I know a lot of people prefer Ben to Evan, I didn’t think Evan himself was all that bad 🙂 But let’s see..maybe it was the insta-love factor? Or that he appeared out of nowhere and just clung to Cassie? Or the fact that he never seemed to get mad even if you Cassie was being deliberate about it? Was he too robotic? :O Either way, I think I get your sentiments, although he probably just appeals more to me than you. 😀

  3. I honestly wasn’t a fan of this book (DNF) but so many of my friends are so I can definitely understand your love for this book! I agree with the comment before me, Evan was kind of creepy and it was predictable to me what his true identity was (and I only made it to page 154) Great review, though, I like how you broke it down!

    • Oh, I see 😀 And yeah, I wasn’t surprised at the big Evan reveal either– I didn’t think he was creepy though, just a little weird XD I just didn’t get him at the very start, but I guess he was fine by the end. And I’m sorry you didn’t get to finish! 😦 But thank you for the feedback! 😀

    • Thank you! Hmm… maybe I’ve been desensitized to the creepers? Haha! Or maybe I felt fine since he’s supposedly attractive, anyway XD Excited for the next books though, mostly cause of Ben and Cassie. And thank you so much for the wish good luck Eveline! I’ll try not to fail.

  4. Okay, first off, your blog is so cute!
    Great review! I’ve been dying to read this books for a couple months now and it’s been sitting on my shelf for a few months now. The more I read reviews about it, it gets pushed higher and higher.
    The plot of this book is so interesting!

  5. I just adored this book! The way that Yancey introduced the two male leads didn’t feel like a love triangle. Cassie was just a fantastic protagonist to read about. I do agree about Sammy, he needed to have some more personality than just “little kid”. Maybe if he had been precocious or clever he would have held my attention more steadily.

    • AGREED! I actually loved how he made us think it was a love triangle but then it wasn’t, because relief flooded my veins when I realized it HAHA! I loved how he wrote it too, though I wish Sammy were more adorable and kid-like XD

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