Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Review - The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

ISBN -9780399162411
Published by Penguin
Released 7th May 2013
Five out of five stars ***** 

Hi there guys :0)

For the past few days I have been stuck inside the world of this book. This world that is our world, or what our world would be in the event of an alien invasion! It is so real and so atmospheric, that there were moments when I wanted to make like Joey from friends, lock this book in the freezer and run away! 0.O
Here's what Goodreads has to say...

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.

This does not do the book justice! It is about so much more than Cassie and Evan. I mean Cassie doesn't even meet Evan until much later in the book. This book is not a romance book, it's not a love story, it's a story of survival. It's a story about the human spirit and how hard it is to break. It's a story about how far you would go to save the ones you love and how to keep your humanity in the face of annihilation. This book is EPIC!!!

It starts off with Cassie, who believes that she might be the last human left on earth. Through her we find out about the alien attacks on earth and what it's been like to live through it for the last six months. This is the part that freaked me out the most!! You see, to me, aliens are about the scariest things ever!! This really played on that little part in the back of your mind that *knows* that if aliens ever did attack, we would all be screwed. Yancey builds the tension one word at a time, layer upon layer until you just can't take any more. There were a few times when I had to put this book down because it was all a bit to much for me and my sensitive nature ;) I never left it for long though, as I just had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next. 

As you would expect from the author of books such as The Monstrumologist, this book is dark. It's gritty, graphic and hardcore. It is not for the faint of heart, (or for younger readers IMO). It doesn't sugar coat things and it never shies away from the events that unfold. In places it was truly creepy!

I loved the way that this was written too. Yancey writes like a girl! lol By that I mean that he can and does write from a teenage girls POV very well. I love Cassie. She is strong and tough and a survivor  but she also has doubts. She has weaknesses that are believable. She is flawed. You love her because she is flawed, that is what makes her so human, and in this world, it's being human that counts. 

There's not a whole lot more that I can say about this without giving spoilers. All I can say is this, I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! I am very much looking forward to the next one. Bring it on!!

If you are a fan of the action and pace of the Chaos Walking series then you will love this.
If you liked the tension and suspense of The Bunker Diary, you will love this! 
If you can read, you will love this!! 

See you next post,

Kaylie :0)

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