Thursday, October 17, 2013

Book Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Despite my determination NOT to start another YA series that is not yet complete, I purchased and read this one for my local Forever Young Adult book club meeting - which I then missed because of being in Arkansas.  I can't say that I regret the read though (although I almost died when I realized I'll have to wait another year...and then another to finish the series).  This is the story of life on planet Earth following the first four waves of an alien invasion.  During the first wave, Earth lost all electronic power.  During the second wave, large portions of all coastlines were destroyed by tsunamis.  During the third wave, pestilence wiped out almost all of the remaining population.  Only three percent of the world has survived.  Now the aliens are gearing up for the fifth wave and our heroine, Cassie, is left searching for her younger brother and wondering if there is anyone left in the world she can trust.

There was writing in this book?  The story had me so captivated, I really couldn't be bothered by the whole "quality of writing" issue.  And I mean, really, isn't that kind of the point with this kind of book?  I don't think Yancey was aiming for character development, style, and a deep meaning when he wrote this (if so, I apologize for missing it).  This book is about the story, the action, the adventure, the suspense.  The entertainment value if you will...which leads me to:

Entertainment Value
This is far and away where the book shines.  It's a great story, full of all kinds of twists and turns and nail-biters.  There is, of course, a romance angle, but the real story is in the survival methods of this small portion of the human population left.  It reminded me a lot of The Walking Dead with the plot largely centering on how the remainder of the human population will make it without the use of modern conveniences and in the face of an overwhelming world-wide enemy.  Love!

I loved it and can't wait for the next book!  I'll definitely finish the series, although I may wait until it's totally complete before I keep reading.  It's compulsively readable and a fun science fiction dystopian take that feels fresh but also familiar.  I'm not sure that it's a change-your-life type of book, but it made for an excellent diversion!

1 comment:

  1. I have this on my to-read list! It sounds so good!! I'd love to hold out until the series finishes, since I hate waiting for things, but I doubt that I will.