Two book reviews in one post! I recently finished reading The 5th Wave and The Infinite Sea, books 1 and 2 in Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave series.
The 5th Wave (Book 1)
“How do you rid the Earth of humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.”
- The First Wave: Lights Out – an EMP wave takes out all electronics / lights / technology and kills half a million people.
- The Second Wave: Surf’s Up – tsunamis kill over three billion people.
- The Third Wave: Pestilence – using birds as carriers, the Others unleash a virus that kills 97 percent of the remaining survivors.
- The Fourth Wave: Silencers – the remaining survivors try to survive and no one can tell who is human and who is not.
- The Fifth Wave: The survivors wait for the fifth wave, unsure of what it will be or even if it will come.
We meet Cassie Sullivan, who is all alone and running from the Others. Cassie is running from Silencers, which are Others who look human. They roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Cassie is determined to stay alone and search for her brother, who was taken by the Others. She thinks her best bet is stay alone, until she meets Evan Walker.
The book is told from several points of view. I liked the multiple perspectives because it gave me a better scope of the invasion. The book leaves you in suspense the entire time. I could not put this book down. You keep wondering who the Others are? Where do they come from? What do they want? So many questions.
The one complaint I have about the book is the romance. I was not interested at all, probably because it was so poorly done. Cassie’s character is weak and super annoying toward the end of the book. Just leave the romance out OR make it more interesting.
I haven’t seen the movie, but I really want to because it looks pretty good. Cassie is a redhead in the book, but they cast Chloe Grace Moretz for her part, which was disappointing. I always hope for diverse casting. If you’ve seen the movie, let me know if you liked it. If not, check out the trailer below:
The Infinite Sea (Book 2)
“Vincit qui patitur.”
Because I loved The 5th Wave so much, I picked up The Infinite Sea and read it right away. The Infinite Sea picks up shortly after the end of the first book. I won’t go into the summary because it will ruin the first book for you!
It has the same format with multiple perspectives. The second book has a slow start, but steadily picks up and gives the reader an excellent cliffhanger. There are a lot of plot twists, which made the whole series that much more interesting. My annoyance with Cassie picked up in this book, but thankfully she is not as prominent in this book. However, she does get more annoying. I didn’t think it was possible.
The third book, The Last Star is slated for release in May. Ugh. I don’t want to wait! If you like sci-fi and fantasy, I would highly recommend this series.
There are plans to make the last two books in the series into movies. But, the first movie didn’t perform as well as they liked. We shall see!