Monday, February 1, 2016

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

genre: young adult science fiction

Cassie's life is unrecognizable.  After aliens from outer space have sent four different waves of destruction to the planet, all she has left to believe in is that no one can be trusted - and that her little brother Sammy is still out there.  He has to be.  And she is going to find him.

I am of two minds about this book.  It totally caught my interest and although the writing was sometimes a bit repetitive, I was totally along for the ride.  My time on the treadmill flew by while I was reading.  Sometimes Cassie's skill set seemed a bit impractical, but whatever.  For the most part I could just let all the little annoying things go.  But the bigger annoying questions like, WHO the heck are these aliens?  HOW THE HECK did this all really work?  WHAT IN THE WORLD?  That part was harder to get over.  Maybe I just need to read the next book to have the backstory more fleshed out but it there were whole paragraphs that I would read and think, "HUH?"  But again, I liked reading it even if it did feel like there were a lot of familiar things happening (especially reminding me of The Host with some Hunger Games).  I think I just like this KIND of book and so I liked it because of its parts, not the book as a whole, if that makes sense.

I think I care enough to see what happens next.

1 comment:

Okie said...

I got this for my son Christmas 2014 and he read it that winter (I still haven't read it). He said he enjoyed it but he had some of the same sort of questions/concerns that you did as far as trying to figure out the backstory/reality of the whole thing...but that came after he was done reading. While he was caught up in the story he had a ball.

That said, I asked him if he wanted to see the movie and he says that from the trailer he thinks they "messed it up" so he's not really interested in going. We might pick it up as a rental later this year and see how it is (hopefully I'll read it before watching)

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