Saturday, June 25, 2016

Review: THE 5TH WAVE by Rick Yancey

Rating: 3/5 stars

I still don't really understand this book.

It started off so strong in Cassie's perspective, describing the current situation of her world and what exactly was happening with these waves of alien invasions. I was almost positive it was going to be a five-star book in the beginning. But then the point of view switched to that of Ben, and it kept alternating between Cassie and Ben throughout the book. I honestly only cared about Cassie's story, so I didn't like these alternating perspectives. But this wasn't all. There were random places where the point of view switched to that of Evan and to that of Sammy, whose stories were told in third person perspectives. So there ended up being four different narrators, two in first person, two in third person, who switched around in no particular order. This was the weakest part of the book. I'm sure it wouldn't normally be that hard to follow along, but there was one male narrator on the audiobook for the three male points of view without introducing who was speaking when each new character's section started. Often I wasn't even sure who was talking for a few chapters.

This novel didn't feel particularly special compared to all the other dystopian books out there. Overall, the idea of the story reminded me strongly of The Host. The 5th Wave is an alien novel about aliens that come to this earth and take over by invading the human hosts. I loved The Host, so I was a little disappointed when I started noticing the uncanny comparisons. It would have been nice if the second alien novel I read would have not been really similar to the first I read. But it is as it is.

I'm still not sure what's happening with some major plot points of this story. I'm not sure if that's because it's harder to pay attention to audiobooks, so it's my own fault that I missed those details, or if that's because those details weren't explained well in the story. I'm going to finish the trilogy and see if I understand the story better as I progress through it. I hope so. I think there is a lot of potential here.

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