Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
The 5th Wave

4.5 Stars

Book Info

Released: May 7th 2013
Series: The 5th Wave #1
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 457

Recommended Read!

“Rick Yancey’s young adult novel, The 5th Wave was a thought provoking story. ”
~ Under the Covers

Rick Yancey’s young adult novel, The 5th Wave was a thought provoking story.  Watching the movie a few weeks ago sparked my interest in this series that I had to read the book.   I was fascinated with what Cassie and the rest of the survivors would do to survive.  The possibility of circumstances bothered me, and it left a lasting impression invoking discussion among my friends and family.  How would things be, how will we handle it and will we survive?

Spaceships were hovering earth creating havoc.  Cassie and her family along with the rest of the human beings are attacked by Aliens eradicating them by a series of waves.  The last being “The 5th Wave” to fully wipe out earth of any human beings.  It’s obviously a survival of the fittest and the last of the humans still alive will have to fight to stay that way.

The movie interpretation of this book was pretty close as far as plot wise.  Several scenes were somewhat twisted and shortened.  I assume to reduce the length of the movie, but I think it stuck close enough to the plot.  I also think the actors did a pretty good job portraying the characters.   Most specifically, Chloe Grace Moretz and Alex Roe(what a hottie).  Seeing Cassie’s story in the film was both heartbreaking and enlightening.  I will admit, reading it was a bit more painful.  You experience all of Cassie’s thoughts.  The raw emotions and the clear narration of her situation just broke me.  Not to mention the suspense and heart-pounding moments had me turn the pages despite knowing what will happen.  It was really good!

I love that Cassie at her age is more mature than the norm teen making her pretty much kickass during the trying times.  Her brother, Sammy, her boy crush Ben and my fave Evan Walker were all great supporting characters.  Maika Monroe as Ringer didn’t do too bad either.  The touch of romance between Cassie and Evan, and possibly a love triangle with Ben was just too juicy not to mention.  Evan was to die for sexy and mysterious. Ben with his dark persona was intriguing and the fact that he is Cassie’s school crush makes me wonder if there will be anything between them.  There’s also a possibility of romance between Ben and Ringer, but we shall see.  Excuse the romance reader in me; I may be inventing things out of nothing, but one can try.

Hold romance aside, this YA/dystopian/post-apocalyptic genre and this book, in particular, is not to be missed.  The 5th Wave may be fiction, but Yancey brought the disasters, destruction, and the aftermath felt real enough that it will make you think twice of the possibilities.




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About Rick Yancey

Rick is a native Floridian and a graduate of Roosevelt University in Chicago. He earned a B.A. in English which he put to use as a field officer for the Internal Revenue Service. Inspired and encouraged by his wife, he decided his degree might also be useful in writing books and in 2004 he began writing full-time.

Since then he has launched two critically acclaimed series: The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, for young readers, and The Highly Effective Detective, for adults. Both books are set in Knoxville, Tennessee, where Rick lived for ten years before returning to Florida.


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I’m intrigued…Thanks Angela for sharing your thoughts

angela Carr

Thanks Timitra!!!

Amy R

Thanks for the review.

angela Carr

Thank you!


Great review…thanks

angela Carr

Thanks for passing by Elizabeth

After seeing the trailer for the movie I thought about trying the book. But with school reading I might have to wait and read it when the movie hits Redbox. LOL

I listened to the audiobook sample and it’s pretty good! maybe you can catch up during the break. the 3rd one comes out in May


I really liked the movie. Great review. I’ll get the book, too. Sounds awesome!

angela Carr

Thanks Darynda!!! I hope you give it a try. The 2nd book is even better!