The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

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I’m going to be honest. This book was a total impulse buy. I picked it up because I like Chloe Grace-Moretz as an actress and I knew she was in the movie they were making about this book. Plus, I knew there was some kind of plague in this novel, which the pre-med student in me hoped they would go into some kind of detail about – spoiler alert: they didn’t.

It was a fun book, in a depressing sort of way. I mean, everyone is dying, so how could it not be depressing? But I did really enjoy it. As long as I didn’t think too hard about any of it, the twists and turns kept it exciting. Of course, as soon as you tried to guess what would happen, it all became a little too obvious; when I quit trying to guess what would happen, it was a wild ride.

Cassie was the redeeming quality for me. I enjoyed watching her struggle to maintain her humanity after the Crucifix soldier. I liked watching her inner struggle over Evan. I liked that she was still embarrassed about her feelings for Ben, even though he was dead and it’s not like she had a ton of hope that it would work out with Evan anyway. Even though she had lost everything else, Cassie kept fighting for her brother. She chose to believe that Sammy was still alive, despite the odds. I liked her chutzpah.

The Twilight-style romance was a bit much, but then again, Evan Walker was too. It was sooooooooo convenient that Cassie couldn’t run the moment she met him. I know I would have. The way he kept creeping around that damn cabin or that he never slept or that she didn’t have any kind of weapon or that he didn’t care if the Silencers saw the lights in his windows. Come on, girl. Something’s up!

Some things I don’t really appreciate in my published novels, but I dealt with in The 5th Wave: changes in character point of views and cliff-hangers. I recognize how the changing the point of view was necessary, but it’s hard for the writer’s voice to change enough that it actually feels like we’re reading a different character. Yancey’s performance in that area was average to slightly above.

Pertaining to cliff-hangers, I just don’t think they should be necessary. If you’re relying on my needing to know what happens next, then you’re probably not incredibly confident that you’ve written the best novel anyway. Also, I think they’re lazy. It’s like saying, “Why bother resolving any of my plot points right now? It seems like a lot of work to tie up those loose ends. And besides, I have two more novels to finish that.” Maybe it’s an unpopular opinion, but I just don’t appreciate cliff-hangers.


  • 3/5 stars; probs a book to get from the library
  • Fun read
  • Cassie’s great
  • Evan is not
  • Also, I rant about POV changes and cliff-hangers


If you really want to, you can buy this book off Amazon here.

Keep an eye out for my review of the sequel The Infinite Sea, sequel to The 5th Wave!