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.
This was a very quick, action-packed read, but I found it to be pretty predictable. I kept waiting for something to happen that would show something wasn’t as it seemed – or, preferably, someone‘s motivations weren’t clear – but it never really did. (Maybe in the second book?) The writing was very cinematic, and though the characterization was done pretty well, I never felt like I really got into it or was affected the way other readers have said they are. It was fine and I don’t regret reading it, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to recommend it, either. I know a lot of people loved it, though, so maybe it’s just me. As I told a friend after reading it, “maybe I’m just over apocalypses for now.”
As I mentioned last month, The 5th Wave is already being adapted for the screen, and despite my somewhat lukewarm feelings on the book in general, I think it will transition well to the screen. As I mentioned, the writing is very cinematic, and there were definitely times when I felt like Yancey was writing with a movie in mind. (Whether he actually was or not, of course, I have no idea.) It has many elements of a successful teen franchise – lots of action, a love triangle, a “regular” girl forced to become a heroine – but those same things will draw easy comparisons to The Hunger Games and Divergent, which may make this one seem derivative by the time the movie comes out.
Anyone else read this? Did you like it better than I did?