by Rick Yancey
“THEY’VE TAKEN EVERYTHING worth living for. Now they’ve come to take the things worth dying for.”
I woke up to a start the first night I read The 5th Wave. At some point in the mist of reading about the 4th Wave—Pestilence—I fell asleep on the couch (it was a terribly long day), and my mind must have continued the story into my dreams. There I was in REM, living through an apocalypse. And, I’ll admit; my survival skills were pathetic.
This is my first book by Rick Yancey, and I highly regret letting this book sit on my nightstand for as long as I did. Quite simply, this is one of the best books I’ve read this year. Mr. Yancey’s prose is superb—each paragraph is lyrical and laden with emotions to weave an intricate and gripping epic tale of catastrophic loss in a world on the cusp of extinction. It is told through the thought-provoking narratives of four compelling individuals: Cassie—the defiant, Ben—the courageous, Evan—the enigma, and Sammy—the hope.
It’s the dawn of the 5th Wave, and Cassie has only two missions: stay alive and rescue Sammy from the Others—beings who only look human, who kill anyone they see. How can she fight an enemy she can’t detect? To stay alive is to trust no one, until she meets Evan Walker. Charming as he is mysterious, Evan may be Cassie’s only hope to stay alive and rescue her brother. But, can she trust him?
I enjoyed all the characters, but the most memorable one, the one that still lingers in my thoughts is Evan. He is extremely complex. The depths of his struggle, the torment he endures, and the shocking final revelation that he makes by the end of the book are profound, heartbreaking, and enlightening.
So much more than an alien invasion, this is a beautiful and captivating story about humanity’s rise above disparity, hopelessness, and hatred. Mr. Yancey writes an original and remarkable tale with characters whose hope, courage, and above all—love—forge the blade that will cut deeply into our souls and leave a lasting memory long after the last page is turned.
I have a deep admiration for Mr. Yancey’s writing. I can’t wait to continue this series with The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave 2).
DISCUSSION: I was so smitten by this series that I actually sent Mr. Yancey a fan mail right after I finished The 5th Wave. This is rare for me. I hope I didn’t sound like a stalker. =) When was the last time you were so touched by a book that you reached out to the author? What book was it? Who was the author?