Author: Rick Yancey.
Published: May 7th 2013 by Putnam Juvenile
Sort: Part one of ‘The fifth wave’
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.
This book failed to impress me. Whether it were my high expectations, the hype surrounding it or just this story, I had a hard time reading it. It’s a shame that I wasn’t able to connect with the characters, because I still think it’s an unique setting and promise. I like the story that is created, but the plot could have used some interesting twists.
I’m first going to start with the things I liked. The world-building is pretty good and Rick knows how to paint a good picture of a destroyed world. Cassie is lonely and she believes she might be one of the last survivors after the first four disastrous waves. I like the explanations behind the ‘Silencers’ and how they were able to infiltrate our daily lives without any effort. Those aliens are smart cookies.
But this is where it stops. The thing I disliked the most was my disconnection with any of the characters. Cassie showed some infuriating behavior at the start of the book and that prevented me from bonding with her. She definitely developed and she has some good qualities, but I couldn’t overlook her earlier stupidity.
She just got shot in her leg and this boy Evan saved her from dying. The first thing she thinks about is:
"I'm worried my hair might smell. I want some chocolate... What did he think about my body? What did I think about my body?"Like that’s the most important part to think about. Perhaps you should worry for the fact that this guy is a stranger and your world is under attack by aliens who might look like humans? Not to mention the fact that she has some strange anger issues. This boy did save her in the end and he takes care of her, but the only thing she can do is acting like a bitch.
"Did I ask you go to get me anything?" I want to pop him right in that perfectly shaped mouth. Why do I want to hit him? Why am I so mad right now?"The worst thing is that she throws food at him without ANY reason. She is mad that he is giving her the silent treatment after her whiny bitch fit and then she has the nerves to attack him with food because he says that he doesn’t want her to die. Yes, how dare he?
Evan.. He is practically drooling over her and not very late in the story he is kissing her and telling her he loves her. She is acting like a spoiled brat and there is zero chemistry between them, so I could have done without this romance. He is also the perfect example of a dominant man, because he truly believes that she needs him. HE is the only reason she could possibly survive the search for her brother. Imagine that the girl might be capable of doing it herself. Cassie has survived on her own so far, I think it's legit to say that she is able to do it herself.
What also bothered me was the constant switch between POV’s and even writing-style. It was very confusing and often I found myself lost: whose chapter is this? It shows that there is hardly any difference in voice between the characters. It’s a pity, because I was excited for this book and I’ve seen many positive reviews. I’ll not be reading more books in this series.