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  • 26 person found this review helpful

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    The 5th Wave is told in alternating perspectives and types of narration. One of the two first person narrations is from the character of Cassie, who had a lot of personality. At times, I found her character to be a bit annoying, though. She is still really just a child, so her chapters are immature. She is strong, but also weak. While she portrays a very strong image, she is actually very fragile. I thought she had strong moments, but even those were clouded with her true weak nature. The second character who tells his story in first person narration is Ben. Ben was more developed than Cassie, but I think his character needed the development more because he goes through a transformation. Ben starts out sick and weak, but becomes a strong leader by the end. Overall, he's a strong character. Then, there are a couple other characters that we get a third person narration of. One of whom is Sammy, Cassie's five-year-old brother. I thought that Sammy's character was very well-written. Overall, I thought the characters were good, even with their minor flaws. I thought that Yancey's writing was good. He definitely has a unique writing style that changed accordingly depending on the point of view. The story was good. However, I don't think it's as good as a lot of other people/reviewers have been saying it is. There were a bunch of small things I didn't like about it, such as the insta-love and Cassie's chapters. I also found that it ended very abruptly, which was a little disappointing. There was no wind-down, just all of a sudden: BOOM, the story's over! I'm also unsure of my opinion of Evan, which is why I didn't bring him up in my character-breakdown. I don't understand him or the decisions he made. The thought of his decisions and just him as a character frustrated me. I think that teens would enjoy this one more than adults. I think that The 5th Wave is still enjoyable for adults, it's just that Cassie's chapters are a bit childish, which may or may not bother/annoy an adult reader (such as myself). I would recommend this novel to a younger audience or anyone who is a fan of Young Adult.
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    Great plot

    This book has a little bit of everything. There's some action, romance, and comedy. It was really enjoyable to read and the movie was really great to watch. Excited to read the next book.
  • 4 person found this review helpful

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    Exciting read

    Nice story building with excellent drama and ending. It follows a theory that many hold to be true!
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    The 5th Wave

    An excellent and original alien invasion novel for the teen genre that has appeal beyond just teens. A well constructed and well delivered tale from the teen perspective of the end of humanity from an apparently unstoppable and implacable invading force. I look forward to the continuing tale...
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    A fresh take on sci-fi

    5th Wave was a good read. I felt it slowed a little in the middle and the writer has an obvious strength and preference when it comes to writing his protagonist above all other characters. But overall it was a fresh take on an alien invasion and I look forward to reading the sequel.
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