Monday, July 15, 2013
The 5th Wave
I'm a little behind on my book reviews (when am I not?), but today I'm going to go a little out of order and share a book that I juuuust finished...like an hour ago. Seriously. The 5th Wave. This book has been getting a bit of hype and when you look at the reviews people tend to absolutely love it or be completely and totally disappointed. Apparently, those that are disappointed have read previous work by this author (that I'd never heard of before this book) and say this book can't even compare to his other stuff. Well, alrighty then. This book was recommended to me by my good friend, Nicole. And she's a pretty darn good judge of character when it comes to books (no pun intended), so I decided to pick it up.
The main premise of this book involves aliens coming to Earth and essentially attempting to decimate all of humanity. With each "wave" more people are killed and it becomes more and more difficult for the survivors to...well...survive. The story begins around the end of the 4th wave and mainly follows Cassie, a teenage girl. It seems like all YA has a teen heroine anymore, am I right? Anyway, the story follows her and, in separate instances, her brother Sammy, her high school crush Ben and a teenage boy named Evan, who she meets during her journey.
So, where do I rank with all of these reviewers out there? I'm with Nicole, in saying that this is one of the best YA novels I've read in a while. It was on par with Insurgent/Divergent and the Hunger Games trilogy. It also has a bit of that The Host feel to it. Now, if you haven't read or didn't like any of those books that I've just mentioned, then this probably isn't for you. But, if you do like them...go and pick this one up!
P.S. This is going to be a trilogy, like most YA books anymore. Surprised? I'm not.