The unthinkable has happened. After 4 previous waves that have taken out most of humanity, Cassie is seemingly among the few left on Earth struggling to survive. She has learned the hard way not to trust anyone so her survival instincts are put to the test when she meets Evan along the path to rescue her younger brother. The further Cassie goes along, the more she discovers that everything and everyone around her is not necessarily what meets the eye.
Right off the bat, The 5th Wave jumps into the action. The tension building starts right from the beginning and doesn’t let up all through the book. In fact, it amps up even more as the pages go flying by. At just under 500 pages, I thought it would be quite a trek to get through, but I found that I couldn’t put it down. I think I was expecting that it would be just another dystopian novel but this was so much more of an epic journey than I originally thought.
In all honesty, I was pleasantly surprised that a male author had a tough female protagonist in the book. I know Yancey isn’t the only one, but I personally have not read too many that have a female lead let alone such a strong one. This has been touted as Justin Cronin’s The Passage – for young adults and Yancey could easily have done just that and made the main character a male as well. The voices that are given to each character are so distinct and dynamic.
I loved all the twists, turns and revelations that unfolded. Some were done in a way to purposely illicit a response and other times it’s so subtly dropped that it makes you pause and do a double-take. I love stories that are able to shock without being entirely in-your-face about it. While there were just a few moments that seemed meandering, overall the novel is very well paced. It’s tough to review this book without giving away too many details so I will just leave you off with this: It’s definitely worth all the hype.