Can you survive the 14th wave of Bryan and Robert? Listen to our review of The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey!
Bryan’s quick summary:
Humanity never expected aliens quite like this. After four unexpected waves of attacks exterminate most of humanity, Cassie is one of few humans left on earth. When the malicious visitors take on human form, Cassie must rely on a mysterious hunter to save her brother and preserve whatever scraps remain of civilization.
The Fifth Wave is by Rick Yancey.
So what did we think? (From a reader’s perspective)
1. (Bryan) Man, I loved the concept of this book. Aliens figuring out what humans expect and then attacking them in the complete opposite way. Very cool and action packed. I liked the characters too and the way the story was told. An entertaining yarn for sure that’s sure to keep readers excited.
2. (Robert) ) The story is fast-paced and has a great hook to start, with Cassie camping out in the woods, obviously having lost her family. The back story and the waves evolve nicely as her quest to stay alive unfolds. I found the book genuinely exciting, even if some of the action was hard to believe, or insufficiently explained to be able to suspend disbelief. Warning: There’s some mild sexual content and plenty of “romantic scenes”, so age 13+ for this “young adult”.
3. (Robert) The different “waves” make for fun descriptions (although always prompting the question: these aliens are super-advanced. Why such archaic, PHYSICAL methods of extinction?). It’s easy as the reader to put yourself in the place of a typical human, somehow trusting that we’d survive, yet hopelessly out-maneuvered by a superior race.
What did we think from a writer’s perspective?
1. (Bryan) Maybe I’ve read too much dystopian and watched too much sci-fi, but I thought it was a little predictable. Of course the guy being trained is going to be Ben Parrish. Of course the guy who saves Cassie is an alien. That didn’t diminish my enjoyment, but it may have been a bit paint by numbers. I may have liked the setup more than the payoff, but that’s just me.
2. (Robert) I agree with many of the 1-star reviewers that there is so much in this novel that seems unbelievable. Super-powerful aliens who insist on odd plans. Young girls who cart around M16s and ammunition like they grew up in the Middle East (and with not much explanation). Clichéd romance scenes. Clichéd EMP burst events, but no explanation as to how they got power and vehicles working again (if they’d been “fried”). Hard to believe escape sequences. None of which would make me give this book a 1-star review, as I still enjoyed all the excitement and action! Strange ending though.
3. (Robert) The author tries a little too hard to convince us he can write a female character, and because of this, the character suffers from sounding a little stupid (searching for tampons?). This clearly disturbed plenty of female reviewers!
Bryan and Robert’s Famous Takeaways:
1. Raise the stakes. It doesn’t get much higher than 7 billion people killed.
2. This is still an enjoyable novel, for anyone who loves alien dystopian stories. Yes, maybe there are better, but it’s still a great read … and hopefully one day an amazing movie.
3. Research your genre and make sure your use of weaponry is accurate, as well as testing your assumptions about alien behavior and how to “explain” it.
Prompt of the Week:
What would you do if you were the last human on Earth? How would you spend your days and how would you survive?