But I liked this book more than the first one! The 5th Wave
5 plus stars
About the Book
How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.
Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.
Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.
Oh well. Stop it Mr. Yancey! How am I ever going to be able to write like you??? [sniff] 🙁
Rick’s is definitely one my favorite voices EVER. His writing is just exceptional. I random run into books were every single word counts. I tend to skim through books a lot and I didn’t skip one work of this book. I realized that this is because of the seamless flow of his writing style.
Rick’s personal combination of syntax, diction, punctuation, etc. works like a charm. From word to word, from sentence to sentence, from paragraph to paragraph, you are just happily sliding there in that current of words. And this is a book that has MANY flashbacks and backstories, which supposedly have to be used wisely and sparingly because they interrupted the action. Well somehow Rick makes it all work!
I loved that the second book adds another female character perspective [Ringer’s] because she was a mystery to me. In the first book Ringer was one kick-ass apocalyptic heroine that didn’t make roll my eyes because I didn’t know anything about her. For all I knew, she could have been a very young-looking Israeli female soldier expert in Krav Maga pretending to be a teenager. 🙂
Again, Rick stark voice filtered into Ringer’s making her very edgy and mature. There is a lot of philosophy and science in her internal monologue. Very entertaining and helpful to frame the apocalyptic world Rick is creating for the reader. But too mature for a teenager. Like, really, how many sixteen-years old girls reflect on the 10,000 years of humankind’s evolution while trying to survive in the cold wintery wilderness of an post-apocalyptic world? LOL
However, I did like Ringer. I thought Rick did a better job at making her feel real than he did with Cassie.
In general all the characters are developed better, but maybe it just felt that way because it was the sequel.
Rick also crafted great edgy, horror like scenes which he makes you experience in a breath-holding, creepy slow motion. And they all involve kids which increases the creepiness !!
So… that reminds me…
WARNING: There are surgical and invasive procedures done to kids and little children getting violently killed. Some readers may find this content disturbing.
OMG. What else can I say??? Rick is also one hell of a story teller! I loved how the invasion and colonization of earth is told with nail-biting, gripping suspense. Every aspect of an agonizing civilization is portrayed. How the things we take for granted cease to exist to be replace with and anarchy and chaos. Oh the plot… WHOHOOOO! I loved the plot devices! I loved how everything was explained but how everything was still a mystery. Sometimes it is obvious what the aliens are and want sometimes you are like …WTH? WTH are you??? WTH do you want???
OH YEAH! dystopian/apocalyptic heaven! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Finally, I loved that how thought-provoking this book was. It was like sitting in a philosophy lecture but thrilling and action-packed. What are we? What is our place in the universe? What else is there? What does it mean to be human? I seriously cannot remember at this point a book series I have enjoy more. And I have read MANY books! 🙂
I have to read the last book of the series!
Why do I ALWAYS procrastinate finishing series I LOVE???
What about you? Have you read this series? Did you like it?
Do you always procrastinate finishing series you love? WHY???
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