This book has all the crucial makings of the best of the best: strong & independent heroine, global devastation, little hope for success, an impossible love and a force strong enough to make the impossible possible. Yancey is a master at world-building. This is not your typical "alien invasion" novel. I constantly felt as if the walls around this story grew, expanded, pulsed with life and sharpened with every word written. I could feel the cold concrete and taste the gritty earth. Amazing! The beginning could feel a little slow if I hadn't been falling in love with the world-building, but there were so many moments where I found myself thinking, "whoa, what?" or "Ah? OoooOOO!" The twists and turns and revelations will keep you guessing until the very end...and even after will leave you wondering!
Yancy also creates a dynamic read by telling this story from a few POVs. At first this may seem a little confusing, but this style really helps to give the reader a 360 view of the story and adds increasing depth, much more than you would get from a first-person only point of view.
This is not your mama's alien invasion story. This is a story of survival, trust, love, and humanity. The 5th Wave has amazing potential on the big screen as well. Action packed through and through and for you fans of Sci-Fi, this is definitely one not to be missed. Sony has purchased the movie rights to this epic series! If you have not done so yet, add this one to your readers!
Summary courtesy of Goodreads:
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.