DNF Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (So Much For Being Excited)

Posted May 19, 2015 by Sophia

DNF Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (So Much For Being Excited)The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
The Fifth Wave #1
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on May 7, 2013
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: Physical
Source: Library

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.

I really wanted to like The 5th Wave. The synopsis sounded fantastic, it’s becoming a movie – the book just sounded like one of those that I would probably read quickly, enjoy it, demand the second book (in other words, snag it straight off Lupe’s shelf), read through that quickly, and pretty much have another favorite book this year (there’s really only two so far that are special).

I didn’t even last thirty pages. Thirty pages, which says a lot, because while I may give up on books more often now, I don’t usually give up THAT early.

The premise wasn’t what made me give up reading The 5th Wave – characters trying to fight for survival? Sounds like Hatchet, only with the “aliens” attacking with “waves.”

I only stopped because of Cassie. Cassie, short for Cassiopeia, the main character of the book. I couldn’t stand her for the life of me.

She’s materialistic – in a world when the world is literally falling apart around you, who cares about hygiene being top priority? It’s great she cares (because you can’t just walk to a job interview smelling like horse poop), but by the whatever wave that’s past the first, I’m pretty sure you’re too busy making surviving the day your priority.

She’s rude – if there’s one thing I don’t like, it’s texting while in a conversation simply because you’re bored. Then, she says, “Oh, and in case you’re an alien reading this? BITE ME.”

Totally. I’m totally willing to bite Cassie… in a review, that is.

Basically, there was a vibe about her I didn’t like early on. But with all of the flashbacks at literally every chapter, I not only got to know the world before the 1st Wave, I got to know Cassie as a person. And Cassie probably tops the list of the most annoying characters I’ve ever come across in a book.

Someone please tell me I’m not the only one who couldn’t stand Cassie. If I am, I’m willing to cry in a little corner alone with my lonesome self…

Sophia is a socially awkward Communications major who has a GIF for nearly everything and is frequently in a Hogwarts House Crisis. More of her bookish reviews can be found at The Arts STL.

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