Author: Rick Yancey
Published: September 16, 2014
Stars: 5 out of 5
How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.
Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.
Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.
This book is not at all what I thought it was going to be. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what I expected going into it but what I read was not it. This book changes almost everything you know, thought you knew, and understood from the first book in the series. I am honestly struggling to write a review without giving away any spoilers.
Just like the first book in this series, I am going through the chapters and find myself transfixed with the characters, the plot, and the emotional turmoil. I can’t turn the pages fast enough and I can’t read enough. At some points within the plot, I imagine my heart is beating nearly as fast as the characters are. And the plot twists are unexpected. I had no idea the book would come to the conclusion it did.
Cassie is still the determined, strong, scared character from the first book. She holds onto ideals that are fairytale-istic yet is clear headed enough to make rational choices… eventually. She isn’t really the focus in this book or maybe her character isn’t the one that stands out as much.
Ranger.. My opinion of her has changed so much. Even from the beginning of the book to the end, her character has changed so much. I have a new respect for her and an understanding of why she is the way she is. And poundcake… oh poundcake. My heart just breaks for some of the characters within this book. I love how connected I am to them and how the book has opened a side to many of them I didn’t know.
One thing that surprises me again and again about this author is how he isn’t afraid to take the story where it needs to go. Whether that means killing off loved characters or leading the reader one way for them to only discover what they thought was going on, it’s actually so much worse.
This is one of those books you want to scream at from the top of your lungs when you finish. Not because you are mad but because you just can’t believe what happened. It’s one of those books you stare at the last page of the last chapter and say- ‘no, it can’t end now! I need to know what happens.’
If you have read the first book In this series, you will love the second. But be prepared because you are in for a whirlwind of reading whiplash. And if you haven’t read this series yet, I highly recommend it!!