Book Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

I realize that I was supposed to do a different post today, but I didn’t have time to get the pictures I needed for it. Ugh work. So instead I bring you a book review!


5 Nerd Girl Rating

Plus Mustache

Release Date: May 7th 2013

Series: The 5th Wave (#1)

Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy/Dystopia/YA

Pages: 512

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books

Buy it here: Amazon (Other Options)

First Line: Aliens are stupid.

Cassie may very well be the last person left on Earth. Aliens have invaded and have been killing off humans in waves. The only thing that is keeping Cassie going is the promise she made to her baby brother. She has been running and hiding from the invaders, the ones that look like humans. Food and water is scarce and searching for food means being out in the open when the Silencers can find her.

It’s not long before her Silencer catches up to her and catches her off guard. She is shot in the leg and left for dead, but her will pushes her on until she can’t go any further. She gives herself up for dead, clutching bear and telling her brother sorry for not finding him. When she wakes again she is in an unfamiliar home and a boy who seems to be taking care of her. Evan Walker, the boy who will make Cassie question everything she once believed.


The reason I picked up this book was because of the cover art. It’s so pretty. The creator of the cover did an amazing job and it’s shiny…

This book is so amazing. I have now read it twice and I could possibly read it again in no time. It really makes you think about the world around you and the things you take for granted. Cassie is in this world with no power and no steady roof over her head. She has lost her mother to sickness, watched her father killed in front of her, had her brother taken from her, and she hides in the woods from the monsters responsible for it all. Yet, because of a promise she continues moving on. The hope that her brother, the only family she has left, is still alive and waiting for her.

There are so many novels with strong female characters, but when it comes to the Young Adult genre the girls are sometimes a little whiny and you just want to smack them. Cassie on the other hand, keeps her head up most of the time. She gives herself time to mourn what she has lost, but picks herself back up and keeps going. She is the perfect strong female character. Even when she is injured she keeps going.

The other character that this novel follows, Zombie, a guy the same age as Cassie. The very boy that Cassie was in love with in high school, Ben Parish. Zombie comes off as a little weak. Maybe I am just spoiled by the will and drive of Cassie, but Ben just takes orders. I didn’t really like him until he stepped up for Sammy, Cassie’s baby brother. They are both in a survivor’s camp where they are trained to take on the enemy. Children of all ages are handed guns and taught the magic of combat.

This might be the only problem I have with this book is the fact that a 5 year old is trained in combat, to mold him into the perfect soldier. Of course, the best way to destroy earth would be to brainwash the kids to do your evil bidding.

The love story between Cassie and Evan makes me a little giddy. I feel like it is perfectly done in this story. It’s not overly romantic and it gives them both this moment of peace in the midst of chaos. It would have been unbelievable had Cassie and Evan not developed any kind of feelings for one another. We all need a little love in the chaos.

When I first read this book I didn’t know that it was going to be a series. I thought it was a stand alone, but the moment I read the last words I knew that there would be another novel. I put the book on my shelf and almost forgot about it. Then I saw that there was another novel and I just had to have it.


This story is the perfect dystopian novel. I am so in love with this story. I think this is one of those stories I could read over and over again and never get bored with it. The drive of a sister trying to save her brother. The determination of a child soldier when he finds out the truth. The forbidden love. The only thing this book was missing was…yeah, I can’t think of anything.



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