Rating: 2 Stars
I was really disappointed with this book. I heard this was such a great novel, the next big thing, better than the Hunger Games! But, no.
It was predictable, overdone, and quite honestly, horribly written. The main character annoyed me, the plot annoyed me, and the writing annoyed me.
Everything annoyed me.
From reading this novel alone, I will avoid all other Rick Yancey novels, because he seems to lack the general knowledge it takes to write a good book. Like how to speak in persons, or how not to have the corniest dialogue on the face of the earth. “I love you… my mayfly.” Really? Save me the insta-love-spew-fest.
I heard this book was great. I must have only read the reviews that the publisher paid to have written, because this book deserves a max of 3 stars. I’ve read better self-published YA dystopian fiction.
Okay, just to get all of my thoughts in one place, let me break it down (with pictures!)
The plot of The 5th Wave is that of an alien apocalypse. The aliens attack in 5 waves to wipe out humankind. They do the whole EMP thing, the disease thing, the whole taking-over-human-bodies thing. All been said and done.
Then they start training kids to take out other humans… ummm okay? Tell me, if you are a giant alien army who has wiped out so much of humankind already, why do you feel the need to TRAIN human children to do the rest for you? That’s just so freaking stupid!
Now, romance is normally an extremely difficult hurdle to jump when writing a YA novel. Partially because it’s so hard to stay away from the insta-love-do-anything-for-the-girl-I-just-met piece, and partially because if you avoid romance completely, it makes for a very boring novel. (Don’t deny it readers, you may roll your eyes at the romance, but you’d be bored without it.)
But one of the worst things an author can do it try to merge a powerful love story with a powerful plot. There just simply ins’t enough room in a single book for both. If the plot is overpowering, we get The Hunger Games: Mockingbird where no one, not even the main characters, give a shit about what happens in the romantic plot. If the romance is too overpowering you get so many crappy YA novels that I can’t even single it down to one example.
I digress. In this book, they introduce an insta-love romance plot, and then just kinda disregard it.
Let me tell you, if (view spoiler)
I don’t have much to say about the writing except that it was awful. Absolute shit.
As I mentioned in one of my updates, the author switches from first to third person and back, which is the #1 do not do of writing. I wanted to stop right then, but I paid for this book, so I’ll be damned if I don’t finish it.
Also, the book is insanely repetitive. I wish I had counted how many times the author states not to trust anyone, or that the alien’s genius plan was to have the humans unknowingly kill themselves (which, as I said before, is fucking stupid).
I need to stop now or I’m gonna over-do it with the GIFs, but as you can see, I wasn’t a big fan of the book.
P.S. Whenever I am with someone in a bookstore, and they see this book, they go “What’s the five wave… I don’t get it.”