I’ve just finished reading this book and I’m in a state of shock. The stunning amount of detail and time it must have taken for this writer to create and mold this world and plot into such a believable story for us as readers, is so inspiring that it reminded me why I want to one day write a story. I want to make as much of an impact on other readers as Rick Yancey’s story has made on me. I have to be honest the main reason I bought this book was because of the amount of publicity it was receiving online and on Tumblr and Youtube. I’m not normally one of those people that buy books just for the sake of reading the same books that everyone else is reading but this one was an exception. Why? You may ask. Well I loved the cover. Holding the book in my hand and the simplicity of that stunning image on the cover just persuaded me to get my mother to buy it for me for Christmas. A month after Christmas the book finally arrived and I put it on my pile of everlasting books to read. It was actually underneath 4 other books but it was as if I could hear it calling to me to reach out for it and pull it closer to me.
For those that are now interested in this beautiful book let me give you a summary from GoodReads on what you’ll be getting yourselves into:
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 in simple terms is a book about an alien invasion on Earth and the events in which occur as they attempt to destroy the human race. After reading that I guess you though “ugh this isn’t that interesting after all let me just go read The Hunger Games or something like that” WRONG. When I got a hang of what was happening I believed I was going to hate it as well because Aliens are…eh not really ‘my thing’ but let me tell you this book is so realistic that I started panicking for my life. I started grabbing my things, doubting people’s true selves and almost ran to the door. The way in which these creatures are able to seem so innocent and like-us made me realize how this could be happening right now and we don’t even realize it. The characters that are left and relatable and adorable and the way in which the generation of children are the ones that are affected the most and the ones that are left behind to discover the truth is truly amazing.
Okay enough of the spoiling part. If you haven’t read it by now…GO GET IT AND COME BACK AND TELL ME HOW AMAZING IT IS 🙂
Now for the spoilerey-ful review. As you can probably tell from above…this book made a dramatic impact on my reading life. I got to the end of the book and thought ‘but wait..no…it can’t be over…I’M NOT DONE YET!!!’. Yancey leaves us with an ending that seems complete and satisfying yet there is so much that we still don’t know or want to find out. The result of Evan is unknown as to whether he escaped…died…survived…there’s no idea. We don’t know how the camp survived or if there were any surviving people or if the children managed to escape on the plane. We still don’t know if there is any hope for humans or if the ‘Others’ have truly destroyed mankind to such an extent that there is no going back.
The choice to have the story in different view-points was clever and I had to give Yancey props to that. As a reader we were able to place events occurring at different points and see the world at a full view with all the different pieces fitting together. We could see the survival instinct of Cassie as she attempts to find Sammy. Through her we are also able to see the damaging affects on humankind that the ‘Others’ are leaving especially when relating to her Father and Mother. We also see the more human side to the story as we learn about her crush on Ben and the way she falls for Evan.
Then we get the viewpoint of a soldier who is being tricked by the Others and brainwashed into destroying his own people. Ben (who is coincidently the guy Cassie liked for so long) is the human who runs when things got tough, abandoning his sister and family to hide. There we see the regret and the way some humans at times of most danger prioritize themselves above everything. We are also able to see the Others from a point of view in which they seem to be like us, and like Ben we are brainwashed alongside him until the revelation of the truth occurs.
Then we get the viewpoint of the innocent character of Sammy. The way in which during a war a child would be placed in a position of fighting and is tricked into killing a child his own age under the assumption of them being an ‘Other’. The way in which they can get him to do it is so scary that it makes you question what you would have done if placed in the same situation.
Then we are placed with the point of view of an Other. Evan Walker. I know he’s quite a popular character throughout the fans of this book but I disliked him strongly. He was a bit pathetic and almost a bit…creepy. The way in which the relationship between him and Cassie develops was weird as it definitely felt like he was more into her than she was in him. I sort of hoped that Cassie would fall for Ben and they could go take care of Sammy but then I also liked Ringer and her relationship with Ben.
Just the way in which Yancey is able to brainwash us alongside the characters of the book is amazing enough to me. I enjoyed the different sections of the stories we were told and the symbols he places inside the book such as the locket that Ben carries and the bear that Cassie has which ultimately then symbolize the promises they make to Sammy.
Plot: 10 points
Characters: 8 points
Originality: 9 points
Language/Style: 10 points
So in total I give this book a marking of 37 points of of 40 which is really high. I recommend this to everyone who is into the Hunger Games or the Gone series by Michael Grant or even Ready Player Go. I promise you it is definitely a book that you will least expect to enjoy and then he sucks you in until your on the last page begging for the next book which comes out THIS SUMMER!!!
Favorite Part: How do you rid the Earth of humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.