Book review: the 5th wave

The book I will be reviewing today is the 5th wave by Rick Yancey. Surviving on your own is hard especially when your entire family has been taken away from you. This well thought out story is worthy of putting on your to-read list.

I usually don’t read fiction but I bought this book after seeing that the movie was on Netflix. (Yes, I read the book before I see the movie, who is with me?) I prefer non-fiction and specifically books that will change my mindset in a certain way, but I decided to give this a try, and I’m extremely glad I did. I will share with you a small summary and my overall opinion. So grab a cup of tea, make a delicious sandwich or a chocolate bar as I would and enjoy this pre-read about the 5th wave.

Cassie Sullivan is a teenage girl. Living with her father, mother and little brother Sammy, besides having a huge crush on Ben Parish, her life seems peaceful and perfect. Until 4 waves strike the earth, all caused by aliens. They start with cutting off all electronics on the planet and after the third wave more than 50% of the world population is gone. Cassie’s mom also passes away. When her father, Sammy and Cassie herself are taken to a military camp, to secure their safety, something strange happens. Cassie ends up alone in the woods and after nerve-wrecking events a strange man, named Evan Walker, brings her to his home where he takes care of her. From here on they make a plan to get Cassie’s family back but their plan gets a surprising twist….

This is one of those books where you just can’t stop reading. When you go to bed, at breakfast and through the day, this book will be calling your name and whispering in a Voldemort-to-Harry-way that the next chapter is waiting for you. How poetic. The two-sided story is truly magnificent and it had me guessing for a couple of days. The book is divided into (around) 14 ‘parts’ with interesting titles, but which make sense later in the chapters which I think it’s interesting itself. Looking at the writing, Yancey wrote down exactly what a teenage girl would actually feel and what a teenage boy would, in real life, do and I don’t see that everyday (well, I don’t read that everyday). That honesty is rare but satisfying to read. It drags you along this nerve-wrecking route that you don’t want to stop following.

I would recommend this book especially to young adults because it’s not all too hard to read and it’s so easy to be caught up in the book. It actually taught me some useful things if I ever get kidnapped or am held hostage (you never know) so you might learn a couple of tips too! Summer is coming and if you haven’t read this one yet, be sure to buy or lend this book and give it a shot!

Final grade: 9.0

(I know that the two books I have already reviewed both have 9.0 as final grade so I promise next time I will have a different final grade, I promise!!)

Hope I informed you enough about this book and that you are convinced, whether you’re buying it or not!

Have a great day and don’t forget to smile:)

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