The Good, The Bad, and The Scary – Day 20






The 5th Wave

Rick Yancey


Time was flowing in reverse. The 1st Wave knocked us back to the eighteenth century. The next two slammed us into the Neolithic.

We were hunter-gatherers again. Nomads. Bottom of the pyramid.

But we weren’t ready to give up hope. Not yet.

There were still enough of us left to fight back.”


Aliens make the best villains when then are invading and destroying. Cassie’s world has been devastated by wave after wave of aliens in Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave. On the cusp of the 5th wave of attacks, Cassie Sullivan works hard to survive while trying, somehow, to save her little brother. Only it’s pretty difficult to survive in a devastated planet where the one sacred rule is don’t trust anyone. But when Cassie runs across another survivor Evan Walker, should she take a chance and trust him or kill first and ask questions later?


The heart of The 5th Wave lies in the word trust. It’s difficult to trust anyone when something that walks, talks, and looks like a human might not be a human. This is the aliens’ best weapon and one of Yancey’s best weapons as well. The suspense of not knowing whether the characters can trust each other and the internal guessing game of trying to play spot the alien all help in creating an air of tension; it makes The 5th Wave a hard book to put down.


We’ve seen the dystopian novel, we’ve seen alien novels, but Yancey manages to smash together both of those types together into a wonderfully developed book.


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