The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

I read this book for the first time the month after it came out a few years ago, and then I reread it now since the movie came out and because the third book is coming out soon.

I’m not going to do a summary of this book, chances are by now you have already heard about. However, if you want one you can follow the Book Outlet link to the book here. (Where it is only $6.99 for a hardcover copy at time of posting).

Favorite things:

The humor. All of the characters are sarcastic and they have this great kind of dry humor. There were several times in the book that I found myself actually laughing, even though I was screaming “Nooooooo!” in my head.

The POV (point of view) changes. I have to admit, at first this threw me for a loop. I hadn’t expected it and the first chapter from each characters POV was a little confusing since I didn’t know who was talking. But after the first page or so I knew what was going on. I loved how Yancey changed it every part instead of every chapter. It gave me so much more time to get to know and have a feel for the characters voice before changing to a new one.

Cassie. She’s strong, stubborn, and just very real. Yancey has done a great job with that, there were so many times while reading this book that I was thinking “That is something that I would say if The Others were attacking.” Sometimes she does stupid things, but who wouldn’t in the apocalypse?

The guys. No spoilers as to what role each of these guys play. Evan and Ben are so caring my heart melted several times. Sammy (Sam), is such a cute five year old and little brother. I loved the part from his POV.


Some favorite quotes:

“The stars seem a lot closer now. Closer than the three hundred trillion miles that separate us. Close enough to touch, for me to touch them, for them to touch me. They’re as close to me as his breath had been.”

“How do you rid the Earth of humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.”

“Even the most sensitive person can get used to the most insensitive thing. Cruelty isn’t a personality trait. Cruelty is a habit.”

“Some things you can never leave behind. They don’t belong to the past. They belong to you.”


The quills:


There is a fair amount of cursing, it’s not full of it; but there is use of the f word.

Physical romance?

Kissing mostly, I’d say it was PG-13. Nothing too bad in my opinion.


Not really. People are dying, lots of people have died and there are some parts that might make you want to cry, but it’s not what I would call gory.

Will you cry?

Maybe, I didn’t. You might.

Overall rating?

Five out of five hedgehogs

But I will say that there is a part towards the end that’s a little odd. I can’t say what it is or it will spoil things, but if you have read it you know what I’m talking about.

The Author:

Rick Yancey, who you can follow on his website.

Unfortunately, I have not gotten to meet him yet. The day I finished reading The 5th Wave for the first time I closed the book and went to the website to see if he was on tour with it still. I missed meeting him by three days. Three. Days.

He has a pretty awesome and up to date Facebook page.


This book has been made into a movie, you can watch the trailer here. At time of posting it is still in theaters go and see while you can or you’ll have to wait until it comes out on DVD, and who wants to wait that long?

You can follow the movie on its Facebook page.


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