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The 5th WaveThe 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Published by Putnam Juvenile
Pages: 480
Ages: 12 and up
Buy It: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | ISBN/ISBN-13: 0399162410 / 9780399162411
Publishers Summary:

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.

The Baker

Today our guest reviewer is none other than The Baker (ie. The1stdaughter’s hubby & baker extraordinaire)!

After the initial 4 waves of an alien invasion, Cassie finds herself separated from everyone she knows and loves. Many are dead, but she believes her younger brother is still alive. Cassie seeks to save her brother and try and reunite with him before he too is killed. The problem, she is not sure where he actually is.

A word of warning, throughout the book each time there is a section change, the point of view is changed to a new character. I was confused after the first section change, but once I was able to figure out that the point of view had changed, the book then became much easier to read.

In addition, for all those familiar with literary theory, if I was a high school teacher and wanted to teach the class about deconstructionism, this is the book I would use. What is a human? Who is the main person in the book? Etc. It is both a very entertaining read and a great example of a deconstructionist story. Sorry for the boring theory talk, on to the review.

The style of writing is what really stuck with me from this book. Although the book is near 500 pages, the plot does not progress as far as many other books do within the same number of pages. Instead, the plot is analyzed from many perspectives. One of the things that initially drew me to reading when I was younger was the desire to be able to see things from another person’s perspective. Reading allows me to be inside the head of someone else. This book not only allowed me to see inside one character’s head, but inside many. I really enjoyed being able to see and analyze the plot from multiple perspectives.

I love post-apocalyptic/end of the world books and this book fit right in there. This book is along the lines of the Rot and Ruin series, but instead of zombies, there are Aliens. I eagerly await the next book in the series and will definitely read it when it comes out.

The Baker Recommends: Ages 10 and up.

Be sure to visit The 5th Wave site, you simply cannot miss checking it out!

Find The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey at the following spots:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | Goodreads | ISBN/ISBN-13: 0399162410 / 9780399162411

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3 Responses to Book Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

  1. Great review! This is a book I’ve been eyeballing at my workplace ALL WEEK. lol I can never resist an apocalyptic novel. Thank you so much for sharing! ♥

  2. Rina says:

    I knew I wanted to read this book because of its premise. Now I’m super intrigued by the writing style, too. Thanks for the insightful review, I’m so excited for this one!

  3. PragmaticMom says:

    My kids might have trouble following the plot. Even flashbacks confuse them.

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