Book Review – The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey

16101128The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey

”There will be no awakening”

Trust no one. Those three words literally describe the whole book, trust no one. Earth has been invaded by aliens, determined  to destroy humanity and take over the planet. Cassie thinks she’s the only one alive. With her brother’s teddy bear in one hand and her trusted M16 in the other, she searches for her brother who was taken by what seems to be the army.

Right, I know I’m a bit late to the party, but better late than never. Everyone has been raving about this book and I kind of understand why it might appeal to some people, but personally, I didn’t love it as much as I expected. However, I’d be lying if I said it didn’t leave me with something to think about. And no, it wasn’t the love story, it was the psychology behind the whole story itself. What happens to us when we can’t trust anyone except ourselves? What would we do if we don’t have access to the technology we’re used to? What would we turn into? Brutal killing machines? Would we try to help or would we only care for ourselves? So many questions.

I honestly found myself feeling nauseous many times while reading. There were so many parallels that could be drawn to the  holocaust during WW2. It made me see humanity in a different light.

The only thing that made me cringe was the love story between Cassie and one of the other characters (no spoiling). You don’t just fall in love and stop thinking rationally as soon as you meet a person. But when I think about it now, maybe you do, especially when you’re scared, lonely and constantly in danger?

Even though I didn’t love it, it was well worth a read. If you like dystopias and playing with thoughts of alien invasions and what would happen to humanity, you should definitely give this one a try.

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