Series: The Fifth Wave #1
Publicaton Date: 7th May 2013
Book Source: Penguin Books Aust & NetGalley
Synopsis: 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.
Alien invasion of earth and eradication of mankind is not exactly new, actually it's been done to death but The 5th Wave still felt new, or at least something I haven't read in a while. I read it blissfully unaware of reviews or hype and it's a pretty compelling number, just a little short of addictive. Move over zombie apocalypse ... the aliens are in town!
Cassie's resilient and she does get some kick-ass time, Evan I just didn't warm to and Zombie ... Zombie carried the story for me. I liked the ominous undercurrent topped with paranoia and a good helping of fear; lots of death, destruction and cruelty to small children ... what did you expect? It is the alien apocalypse.
The trust-no-one mantra got a bit old (what else can you do when the enemy looks like you and not *cough* little green men) but it had me wanting to *head desk* when survivors tended to eventually ignore their gut instinct.
I'm not gushing but minor issues aside I really liked The 5th Wave and the questions it raised regarding humanity. I'll definitely be reading the next installment ... good enough recommendation?
Watch the trailer, it's pretty wicked.
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