The 5th Wave (book) Review

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The 5th Wave is a truly fun read. It features a cast of relatable characters thrown into some pretty crazy situations, who somehow manage to get out of it all relatively unscathed. (Some scathing may occur.)

The main story line follows along with Cassie, and later switches perspectives between her, Ben, and her little brother Sammy. Reading the 5th Wave there was always an intense sense of tension, like anything could go wrong, literally at any moment. I loved this, and it made for a book I could hardly put down!

I loved the character development, the world building, the aliens, and of course the plot. Everything came together seamlessly for a truly enjoyable read. I never once found myself questioning a character or why he/she was doing this and that, which to me creates a very realistic person – especially when their choice isn’t always the right one.

For the 5th Wave, I give this book a 4.5/5. I know I put a 4, but unfortunately I don’t get the option to choose .5. The only reason I didn’t give this book a 5/5 was because about 1/3 into the book, just as I was falling in love with Cassie, and truly feeling for her and her crazy situation, something weird happened. Suddenly we switched POV. I was JARRED to say the least. I was confused and upset and had to flip ahead to see when Cassie would be back. I think I would have been less jarred if I knew more about the book before I read it. Honestly I didn’t know before reading it that it had multiple points of view. So safe to say I was a little bit thrown off when Ben came out of nowhere.

That being said, I did get used to the multiple points of view and even grew to love them and their separate sets of characters. Rick Yancey did a fabulous job with this book and I look forward to devouring the sequel, the Infinite Sea!

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