Book Review: The 5th Wave

By Jahiris Jauregui

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.

 

www.commonsensemedia.org rates the fifth wave appropriate for 12 years of age and up.

Age: classified as Young Adult (YA); may be strong content for 12 year olds; appropriate for 13 and up.

Genre: Science-fiction

General review:  out of 5 stars and highly recommended.

Extra Info: This book is being made into a movie and it is set to be released in 2016. This is the first book in a trilogy (3 book series); The next book in the trilogy has been released and is called the ‘Infinite Sea.’ The third book is still in motion to be published.

Page Amount: 480 pages

Part 1: No Spoiler Review

‘The 5th wave’ is an amazing book! One of the best I’ve ever read to say the least, if you enjoy science fiction or reading about aliens, I totally recommend this book to you. Books about the extraterrestrials usually aren’t that great and I feel that the reason for that is readers have a hard time believing or emerging themselves into the story. In contrast to all those other books, ‘The 5th wave’ is very believable. If aliens were to take over Earth, the way it’s described in the book is most likely the way it would happen.

The book is divided into parts and each part is narrated by four different characters/point-of-views. This may be confusing and may become annoying to some people because the book doesn’t tell you who you’re reading from which adds more mystery to the book. If you prefer to know which part is narrated by which character then see the list at the end of this article, although be warned that this list will somewhat spoil the fun of finding out for yourself who is who.

I loved the book nonetheless and I think it’s amazing. I loved the unknown characters mystery and the writing style made it amazingly easy to immerse into the book. The character (especially the main one, Cassie) is very relatable and is a lot like teenagers in real life. She may be going through a tougher time than the readers but she sure has the same thought process.

There is also a romance aspect in the book although it is not the main focus, its more like a sub-plot. I personally loved it. It was cute and realistic in the events that were occurring at the time in the book. Cassie is a very humorous character and I found myself laughing at her sarcastic comments and thoughts.

At almost all times during the story I was on the edge of my seat even since the beginning. The reason being for the mysterious aspect of the book as I have mentioned before that really keeps you wanting to know more and trying to create theories as to why something happened. I couldn’t put the book down and read it really quickly. Overall it was amazing.

This book is one of my top favorites. I promise it isn’t scary at all. It’s a really enjoyable and a fun read. I hope you decide to read this book and if you do please comment and let us know what you thought about it. Remember these are my personal opinions and what I thought of the book. You can buy this book in most bookstores such as Barnes and Nobles and Amazon.com.

Spoiler Filled Point Of View Chart: names of characters that narrate the part of the book.

Part 1: Cassie     Part 2: Zombie     Part 3: Silencer     Part 4: Cassie     Part 5: Sammy

Part 6: Zombie     Part 7: Cassie     Part 8: Zombie     Part 9: Cassie     Part 10: Zombie

Part 11: Cassie     Part 12: Zombie     Part 13: Cassie

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