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REZENSION: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey


author: Rick Yancey
title: The 5th Wave
publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
publication date: April 14th, 2014

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.

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The 5th Wave was sitting on my book shelf waiting to be picked up by someone who would enjoy and love it for like – I don’t know – maybe two years? I can’t even remember to be honest. My brother gave it to me for christmas a couple of years ago, it might have been the year the book came out but anyhow. When I saw that the movie was coming out soon I decided to read the book first before I watch the movie because I just loved the trailer and there was no way of not watching the movie.

The 5th wave was quite an enjoable read. It started off very slow, like the first maybe 100 pages were so boring. Like nothing really happend, I mean I really enjoyed finding out more about Cassies past and what has actually happened but still I just couldn’t get into it that much. But the more pages I read the better it got. So I was totally gonna give it like 2 stars until the last like maybe 30 % of the book where things actually started happening.  The story follows a couple of different POVs, which would be Cassies (and Evans), Bens and Sams. So when the seperate POVs became one it actually got very interesting and exciting but well that was like the last part of the book so …. I mean let’s be honest. Wasn’t that all we’ve really been waiting for? For them to meet?

Sill not sure if I find the story that interesting. I mean of course the whole alien stuff was quite exciting and creepy and whatever, but there was no actual plot. I mean the plot basically was „I’m gonna go save my brother“ and nothing else really happened.  I’m also not sure yet if I like Cassie or not. She annoyed me so friggin much soo many times. But I definitely like Sam, he’s so adorable. I also like Ben, a lot and Evan … yeah, there’s Evan. He’s awesome. I love him. He’s soo mysterious like there was that one little chapter that kind of gave away who he was or what he was but still when Cassie met him I was like „Yeah, he’s definitely one of them.“ So time flies by and they get to know each other and I’m like „Okay. maybe he’s not alien“. So I read a couple of more pages and then I was like „Fuck. I was right. He’s totally an alien“ and like two chapters later again I was like: „Okay so what the hell is he? Is he an alien or not?“ Evan is soo cool and I love the romance between him and Cassie. I love the fact that he is basically one of the BAD GUYS. I like bad guys so yeah I am absolutely TEAM EVAN – just in case you were wondering.

I am not sure if I’m gonna read the sequel maybe some time in the future but not right away since the story didn’t interest me that much to be honest. But I’m sure there are many people out there who loved the book. Maybe it just wasn’t my thing.


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