You guys! The Last Star is out today in paperback!! If for some reason you don’t know this, The Last Star is the final book in the The 5th Wave series! Since I don’t want to ruin any of the suspense for the final book just in case you haven’t read this I’m going to share the details for book 1!The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
(Website, Twitter, Goodreads)Published by Penguin Young Readers Group on October 27th 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Alien Contact, Love & Romance, Media Tie-In, Science Fiction, Survival Stories, Young Adult, Young Adult Fiction
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.
The 5th Wave is a post-apocalyptic story of the irrepressible desire to survive. In the 5th Wave, we meet Cassie and through her we learn that Aliens have descended with the intent to remove all human life from Earth. Wave after wave of terror descends upon human life, from loss of energy and electricity, to forced natural disasters, to a plague carried by birds… the 4th wave has just arrived in the form of Silencers… Human forms who wander searching and exterminating any humans that still live. Those that make it past that wave have the 5th to look forward to… or dread as the case may be.
Cassie, is afraid she is the only human left. After losing her mother to the plague, and her father and brother in a raid, she is determined to keep the promise she made to her brother… she will find him. But it’s not that easy, an encounter with a Silencer leaves her injured and dying, only to be rescued by Evan Walker. One thing Cassie has learned since the beginning of the attacks is that she can’t trust anyone, and she struggles to understand who Evan is and why he’s helping her.
I loved Cassie. In the short time since the attacks she’s had to become someone completely different than who she was just that short while ago. The transition from teenager worrying about school and dating and her crush to young woman, determined to live and rescue those who mean the most to her was wonderfully done. I loved her flaws and I loved her determination, I loved her strength and I especially loved her sarcasm and snark.
A little, hysterical voice inside my head is screaming, what do you think you’re doing? You don’t even know this guy! But that same voice is going, Great hands; ask him for a scalp massage while he’s at it.
But this story isn’t told only from Cassie’s perspective. With the first POV change I was a bit worried. I won’t lie, but Yancey did a wonderful job with all the different aspects of the story. We get the opportunity to see the story from Zombie’s perspective, and I would be lying if I didn’t cringe a bit reading those parts. The idea of an army of children and seeing the training that takes place… it was frightening.
But we also get a lot of things revealed during this perspective. Zombie and his crew are trained to detect those who have been infected by the aliens and eliminate them. At one point I thought I had everything figured out and then everything turned upside down on me… I thought I was misunderstanding and I thought my guess was wrong… and Yancey does an amazing job of confusing me just as he did the characters.
Evan Walker… I wasn’t expecting him. I don’t even know how else to explain it. We spend so much time with Cassie alone and struggling that when he enters her life, I just fell for him. He’s determined to help her survive and do what he can to help her find Sammy. But like Cassie, I found myself distrustful of him…Unsure of what his intentions were and who he truly was. When everything comes out I found myself struggling to understand just as Cassie did, yet I wanted to believe everything he had said and done.
I feel his kiss more intensely now, in the darkness of the room where his sister died. In the quiet of the house where his family died. In the stillness of the world where the life we knew before the Arrival died. He tastes my tears before I can feel them. Where there would be tears, his kiss.
“I didn’t save you,” he whispers, lips tickling my eyelashes. “You saved me.”
He repeats is over and over, until we fall asleep pressed against each other, his voice in my ear, my tears in his mouth.
“You saved me.”
Yes… there is a bit of romance. But it’s doesn’t overwhelm the story or take over the plot. It’s necessary in this case and makes complete sense once you get into it. Yancey does a great job incorporating it and giving those of us who like the swoons our necessary bits.
I think the best part of the story for me though, was the intrigue and suspense… (okay, aside from the bit of romance lol) not knowing who I should be trusting, what was real and what was created as part of the intent to take over the planet. There are a lot of twists and turns in this story and I won’t say that they weren’t all unpredictable, but it won’t matter… or at least it didn’t to me. The plot is unique and wonderfully done, the story is paced perfectly and while the book seems long, I never felt the story lagged or slowed down. The writing is incredible with tons of action and tension and the characters are perfectly developed. (I’m running out of adjectives btw)
Can you tell that I absolutely loved this series?