Title: The 5th Wave
Author: Rick Yancey
Genre: YA post-apocalyptic, aliens.
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Publication Date: May 7th
After reading so many five-star reviews for this one, I was expecting it to be amazing, one of the best books of the year. I tried sooo hard to love it the way I expected, but unfortunately I just couldn't. The best I can say about this book is that if was good.
I'll start with what I did enjoy in the book, which was the idea. The author had a really great idea for a post-apocalyptic world, one I've never read before. He took the whole aliens genre into a new level, that's for sure. When someone says an alien, people imagine a green creature that travel in a spaceship and can't do much harm... well, not anymore!!! In this book aliens are extremely smart, are a thousand years ahead of us in technology and are dangerous, vicious creatures. Their plan was to wipe out the entire human population, and they did that in such a systematic way that that I was truly creeped out. They knew how people think and attacked them in their weaknesses, which made me think about some of the human natures, like finding comfort in groups, giving in to desperation, easily trusting.
I think that what made me disappointed with this book was mainly the writing. This book was written in a really weird way. I think it was supposed to resemble speech, with a lot of speech-like sentences, but it didn't really work. All the fighting and action scenes were hard to follow because of that. I had to re-read parts a lot of times.
The alternating POVs bothered me. I usually like getting different perspectives on the plot, but here it was done in a very confusing and hard-to-follow way. I didn't have time to really connect to any of the characters.
Talking about the characters, I had some issues with them, too. Cassie was okay. She was very brave and strong, just like I like main characters to be, but I just didn't really CARE about her. I can't explain why, really. She just felt too distant and didn't really pass as a teenage girl in the way she thought and spoke.
I liked the other main character better than her (I can't tell you who that is, because it's a spoiler) and that's why I enjoyed his parts better. His life story was described in a way that made me feel for him and unlike Cassie he really changed and matured during the book, .
The other characters were pretty unimportant, which was also not so good. I always enjoy great supporting characters, but in this book there weren't any.
The book started to get really good only 70% through. Finally I got some answers and everything became less confusing. That's when I started to really enjoy the book. Even the writing got better. This book gained one more star from me only because of the last 30%.
As I said, despite its flaws, this book was good and I don't get me wrong, I did enjoy it. I can see the potential it has to be something phenomenal and I really hope its sequels will be much better.
I don't think it deserves all the hype, but I do recommend you to read it and see for yourselves.
- Great, intriguing idea.
- The last 30% were awesome.
- Quirky writing.
- The action scenes are hard to follow.
- The main characters were hard to relate to.
- Shallow supporting characters.