The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey (Review)

Release date: May 7 2013

Publisher: Puffin

Number of pages: 457

My rating: 3/5

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you...

My biggest disappointment of the year. (AKA The Fifth Wave)

I was fully prepared to meet the unlimited awesome of this book. 90% of the reviews were positive, and it sounded like the type of book I would definitely love. When my copy arrived in the post, I started yelling, jumping around the house, and waving it in my sister's face. (Yeah... I can be a tad immature)

This book was not worth all that excitement.

It started off great. Cassie was awesome. The alien invasion was actually interesting. The flashbacks and her backstory were also awesome.

Then it switched POVs.

I had no idea who was talking and what was happening.

"My name is Zombie."

Wait, what?

The POVs changed so frequently, and while Cassie was the main character, we get to read from the POV of her brother and her love interest in high school.

Wait, what?

And then, the plot took a whole bunch of twists and turns while simultaneously switching POVs. My mind was all over the place, and I couldn't understand a single thing.

Who are the Silencers? What does the Eye do?

After reading it, I still have no idea.

Firstly, Evan pissed me off. We have no idea who he is, and the story he tells Cassie is full of holes.

And she still trusts him.

The romance sucked. Evan sucks. This weighed down on the rest of the book, and I found myself starting to skim.

I liked Cassie up until she met Evan. All the other characters sucked.

The ending was full of cliches, and it let down the entire book.

Despite all my problems with this book, it kept me engaged most of the way, and I have no doubt that many others will love this book. I will definitely be picking up the next one.

While this book had a good premise, it didn't deliver. A bunch of confusing terms, lack of explaination, and shitty switching between POVs killed this book for me.


  1. Hey there! I came across your blog through goodreads and am now following your blog!

    It's funny because I was just over on another blog who also reviewed this book and gave it the exact same rating you did. I've been wanting to read this before it even hit bookshelves because it was getting so much hype. And you're right, it's been receiving some really great reviews. But suddenly I've been noticing some reviews that have mentioned the same thing you did in yours-- the jolting POV changing and the mystery surrounding Evan. I worry that my expectations are too high right now to read it. I may have to wait a bit. But thank you for the awesome review.

    Feel free to stop by my blog sometime and follow if you like!

    Best Wishes,
    Mia @ The Muses Circle

  2. Aww, thank you for the follow and the comment! I'll follow your blog now, too. ;)

    It was ok, but nothing great. I think you should give it a go! A lot of people didn't like it (like me), but a lot of people loved it as well! Maybe try reading a sample of it online before you buy. Every book will have bad reviews, it's up to you whether or not you like it. :)

    Thank you so much for your comment, it means a lot. :)


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