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Book Review: The 5th Wave

Title: The 5th Wave
Author: Rick Yancey
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Reviewer: Lea
Rating: 2.5 stars

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.


                  I can finish off my review with just one sentence: it was really bad.

                  It was a tremendous waste of time.

                  All I'll say is this: I had so much hope because of all the positive reviews— but the story was just downright terrible.  

                  Yes, the entire idea/ the overall starting idea was creative— which again, is why I had so much hope. But the actual plot build-up?? So so so so bad I wanted to cry.

                I'm giving the author credit for the way he wrote— I recognise the fact that his style of writing is unique and creative; the way he constructs his sentences and paragraphs is really different and distinctive— but that's about it. It was just really terrible.

                  Even the love story— it was so incredibly awkward that it was hard to read.  Ethan Walker is, in general, awkward. I really don't want to talk about him— it's that hard for me to even try to reminisce. 

                  Cassie though, is an interesting character, which is what allowed me to continue reading till the end— but really, she isn't the best character in the world either.  I'm giving her credit for being pretty feisty, and acting like a true survivor and all.

                Then there's Ben's story, the second POV, which was pretty interesting too.  There was a mystery behind the Camp he was staying in— which really made the book more interesting. The suspense never rose to a considerable degree more than once or twice, and the plot stayed in a, more or less, steady pace— so it could never be amazing

                     It's honestly so sad how I had so much hope and I continued reading even until the later hours of the evening— and nope; //I hated it//  I remember I kept on looking miserably at the pages I've left to read. 

                 I know I should be giving it a second chance by reading the second book,  but its terribleness is just too traumatic, and I don't want to waste my time again. So tell me if it isn't because I //hate// writing bad reviews.

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