The 5th Wave
By Rick Yancey
•Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
•Genre: YA, SciFi
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.
A TACO REVIEW
Hola banana chiquitas! Today I bring to you The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. I know, I know the movie came out like 6 months ago and it’s already on DVD better late than never. Amitright?! Of course I read the book before watching the movie because how else am I going to watch a book adaptation. Yes,the book was better. Duh. This Sci-Fi YA had it all. Action, romance, family love, sacrifices, turning kids into soldiers, a girl with an AK-47 and aliens. What more can you ask for?!
Cassiopia (Cassie for short) Sullivan is our main character and the story is told mostly through her point of view. She’s just your everyday average teenage girl just trying to get by, get the guy and then the fire nation attacked. I’m just kidding but five points to the person that can name what I’m quoting without Google-ing it. The Others did attack though, one “wave” at a time.
Forget what the zombie movies have taught you, safety is not in numbers. You’re just easier to kill. These aliens are here to take over and they are not fudging around. Not even a little bit.
Cassie ends up loosing both her parents to the Others. Her little brother Sams is taken to an army base where they’re rounding up the kids to keep them safe. Yeah, sure you are Colonel Alexander. You want them for perfect little soldiers, that’s what you want. She is left to fend for herself by herself. She’s a tough cookie. I would have gone crazy by week three. Maybe.
Cassie wants to forget any of this happened, finally go on a date with the hunky Ben Parish but the reality is she has rescue her little brother and not die. Do you see her problem? So much responsibility is dropped on her shoulders and she doesn’t know how to fully deal with it. Rick Yancey did an excellent job at keeping Cassie true to being a teenager without pulling too much angsty teenage crap.
I for sure thought that there was going to be some awkward love triangle between Cassie, Ben and Evan (the dude that nursed her back to health after almost bleeding to death). Thank you Mr. Yancey for not making me cringe through that. The love connections were genuine and complicated and made me smile. There was a scene where Evan totally Edward Cullen-ed Cassie by watching over her and rifled through her stuff while she was sleeping. I don’t want to defend it because it’s still creepy but in the end it kept Cassie alive. Even if Evan did shoot her to begin with. Like I said, complicated.
I give this 4 Tacos out of the Taco Scale of Awesome. It took sometime to get into the book. I don’t want to say it was slow but it lacked that something at the beginning that made me want to finish it in one sitting. It gets better once Evan comes clean about SPOILERS then I couldn’t put the book down. The point of view alternates between Cassie, Ben Parish and Evan Walker. It does so with a fluidity that didn’t leave me confused or annoyed. What I most enjoyed about this book was the way Yancey wrote the antagonists and how blurred the lines were about good vs evil. Are you fighting the aliens? Or are you fighting humans? Who’s side are you really on? Is Big Brother really looking out for you or is he enslaving you?
I recommend this for my fellow YA sci-fi lovers that want a little bit of romance and a lot of ass kicking.
Until next time. Mon, over and out.
P.S Did the people who made the movie even read the book?! The movie was not great not terrible, just good and they changed so many things. So annoying.