Monday, February 15, 2016

Book Review: The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1) by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave 

(The 5th Wave #1) 
Rick Yancey 

Published May 7th 2013 
by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers 

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.

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The Prodigal Teddy Bear Returned

So…To be quite honest I hadn’t heard of this book until I saw previews for the movie. Light bulb! I was like what what? So I ordered the book then I looked at it…for a pretty long time actually. I wasn’t sure about what to do? Do I watch the movie first? Books are always better than the Movie. After a pretty serious heated debate with myself I was like who am I kidding! OFC I’m going to read this NOW. I’m so glad I did! Yikes, Bikes…Talk about scary not in a horror kind of way just in an overcoming so many obstacles I’m not so sure these characters will make it much longer. I cannot wait to continue the series but the third isn’t out until May and if #2 ends in a cliffhanger, I may just not make it. Book Nerd Problems…

The Story, the others have come and they are very effectively destroying the world’s population. Cassie is not a remarkable girl but certain situations allow her to do very remarkable things. Humanity is dwindling but the fire of those remaining burns bright. Cassie’s life changes drastically just like everyone else’s on the planet. Promises are sacred and she will do what it takes to be reunited with her brother. She goes from a large community to a small community and ends up completely alone. Her road crosses with a very unlikely ally but with careful planning and recuperation Cassie is determined to see her mission through the end. She can worry about the rest once she gets there.

The Characters, so I’ve already touched a bit on Cassie but here is some more insight she is willful, determined, intelligent, and perseverant. She has lost everything she’s ever known in a very short time. These events are what will power her with everything to be reunited with her brother. Cassie walks us bit by bit of all of the devastation that has befallen the world. There is a journal and yes a teddy bear. I love the teddy bear because his meaning is so deep. I may be reading too much into it but I think that bear represents humanity’s will. This bear is an extension of Cassie and her determination. You don’t want to know what happens to the bear at the end. I will say I was like bawling my eyes out. EVAN! My boy!! Hello?! Baker/ Brawny guy oh and super dreamy…There is total mistrust in the beginning but soon these two will bond in a way that will surely change the world! LOL GROSS…Head out of the gutter yall! I meant in a connection of wills not bumps. GROSS EARMUFFS!!! Gah…Oh before I move on to the end I want to point out Raven…She is like totally gnarly in the most amazing way!!! I totally love her and I guess Parish is growing on me…but it took a long time let me tell ya this guy had a lot of digging out to do.

The End, this is the part where you have to have an open mind…like tick tock goes the clock and the mouse ran away with the spoon. Things aren’t neat or pretty, to be honest they are downright explosive. Keep in mind this is fiction…its okay if things are a bit convenient or perfect. Regardless HE WILL FIND YOU! That was like my favorite line. I am beyond curious to see what happens. This is more post apocalyptic and Sci-Fi than anything else but a part of me wants to throw dystopian in there as well. Here in lies the trouble. I think I’ve only liked the way 2 dystopian trilogies have ended…Not gonna lie folks I’m harboring scars from Mocking Jay…Yeah, I need to let it go but Katniss’ selfishness burns deep. Anyhow I don’t see how this could end in the green. I feel like everyone is set to doom so I look forward to being confirmed in suspicion or delighted in surprise. You know who I’m rooting for…I can’t wait to jump into the next…

Until Then Pretties…

My Rating
4.5 They always start so good let’s hope it keeps it traction otherwise I will be way sad because I have high hopes!! Remember he will find you love filled stars!

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About the Author
Rick is a native Floridian and a graduate of Roosevelt University in Chicago. He earned a B.A. in English which he put to use as a field officer for the Internal Revenue Service. Inspired and encouraged by his wife, he decided his degree might also be useful in writing books and in 2004 he began writing full-time.

Since then he has launched two critically acclaimed series: The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, for young readers, and The Highly Effective Detective, for adults. Both books are set in Knoxville, Tennessee, where Rick lived for ten years before returning to Florida.

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