The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

So I just finished reading. Literally. I finished the book two seconds ago and I don’t even know how to put this in words. Rick Yancey you got me fucked up. Not a bad fucked up but a good fucked up. Like I want to scream at the top of my lungs, grab my keys, speed my ass to the mall, and break into Barnes and Nobles to buy The Infinite Sea fucked up. Because stealing the book would be a little too fucked up. 

The last part of the book seriously gets you in a high speed read. You can’t book put the book down. It’s not a thing. Put the book down and you’re not human. You have no feelings if you put it down. The book is just too good. I’m pretty sure I flew by the last two hundred pages faster than light. It was too damn good. I’m literally in a frenzie of feels. A big fucking frenzie where I want to shout out yes and no simultaneously because the ending is just ughhh!!!!!!! I NEED TO BUY THE INFINITE SEA! 

EVAN. BEN. SAM. CASSIE. RINGER. Ughhhh all these feels. 

Okay, let’s put my little fangirling episode aside and get serious.

The book was fantastic. I think I am in love Rick Yancey’s writing. He is fantastic at shifting the point of views between the characters. The shifts are not jarring at all. You are immediately put into a different view but it doesn’t mess with you. It perfectly plays out throughout the book. With all the different views, he is able to skillfully construct a plot in which all of these characters intertwine and reveal the story’s full web.

The beginning half of the book took me a while to get through. That is only because I have been busy with summer class (yay for trying to get your minor finished up asap) and some other events. The very first thing that drew me into this book was Cassie’s snarky personality. She’s a total BAB (that’s Bad Ass Bitch if you didn’t know). Shoot, if I was a 16/17 year old girl with an M16 and a Lugger, I sure as hell be called a BAB. 

I want to be a BAB and I’m doing that by reading this book and being Cassie as I read. I’m sucked in as Cassie as she camps out in the woods. I’m Cassie when she’s swinging her M16 and emptying it out to who knows where. We all become Cassie as we follow her on her “promise” to her brother. 

I really love books where the girl isn’t a damsel in distress the whole time and she actually pulls her weight in dealing with the conflict. The 5th Wave definitely delivered what I wanted and more. Is that a YA love triangle I’m getting a whiff of? Yes, I think it is. But, oh, I feel a tinge of more complexity to it. I NEED THE INFINITE SEA. 

If you haven’t read the book, READ IT. Stop you’re canoodling on my blog and get your ass a copy of this book. You will not be disappointed. Just go. I can wait. You can always come back. 

About the book:

  • Title: The 5th Wave
  • Author: Rick Yancey
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • Published: May 7, 2013
  • Synopsis from Amazon:

“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.”


On a small side note, I just realized that the quote I had on my bookmark is a bit fitting.  

 I have one side of my bookshelf covered in sticky notes with quotes written on them. Who would have thought I would pick up a quote that can kind of relate to the book. 


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