The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave #1) by Rick Yancey
The Passage meets Ender’s Game in an epic new series from award-winning author 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, 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.
The second character who tells his story in first person narration is Ben. Ben was more developed than Cassie, but I think his character needed the development more because he goes through a transformation. Ben starts out sick and weak, but becomes a strong leader by the end. Overall, he’s a strong character.
Then, there are a couple other characters that we get a third person narration of. One of whom is Sammy, Cassie’s five-year-old brother. I thought that Sammy’s character was very well-written. Overall, I thought the characters were good, even with their minor flaws.
I thought that Yancey’s writing was good. He definitely has a unique writing style that changed accordingly depending on the point of view.
The story was good. However, I don’t think it’s as good as a lot of other people/reviewers have been saying it is. There were a bunch of small things I didn’t like about it, such as the insta-love and Cassie’s chapters. I also found that it ended very abruptly, which was a little disappointing. There was no wind-down, just all of a sudden: BOOM, the story’s over! I’m also unsure of my opinion of Evan, which is why I didn’t bring him up in my character-breakdown. I don’t understand him or the decisions he made. The thought of his decisions and just him as a character frustrated me.
I think that teens would enjoy this one more than adults. I think that The 5th Wave is still enjoyable for adults, it’s just that Cassie’s chapters are a bit childish, which may or may not bother/annoy an adult reader (such as myself). I would recommend this novel to a younger audience or anyone who is a fan of Young Adult.