Thursday, May 22, 2014

The 5th Wave

So it's been a while since I've posted, being busy with school and work and other things. But now that I've graduated, and it's summer, I finally have time to read again, which means that I have time to blog again!

I've started out my summer by reading The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. The book starts out following Cassie, who has survived the first four waves of the alien invasion and is one of the last people left on Earth. Her family survived the first two waves, her mother died in the third, her father in the third, and her brother is missing. Now, finding her brother is her only mission. Until she meets Evan Walker, who may be Cassie's only hope. What does the 5th wave have in store for Evan and Cassie? And can they survive it?

At first, it was difficult for me to get into this book. I couldn't really connect with Cassie, the main character, and it took a while for things to be explained. The novel starts out right in the middle of the action, which I typically like in a book, but I was confused for a good 100-150 pages into the novel, which made it difficult for me to get into the story. But, once I got into the second half of the novel, I found it was difficult to put down. There were a lot of twists and turns I wasn't expecting, and looking back, it was really well written. Things fit together perfectly, and I think if I read it again, I would have a different opinion.

One of the things I definitely like about this novel is the fact that it is told from different points of view. While at first, I was a little confused. And typically, it would take me a paragraph or two to figure out exactly who was talking, but by the end, I liked trying to figure out who was talking by the little clues, what was happening, the other characters who were around. I also was able to figure out the voices of each character by the end of the novel, and I think this is a true mark of a good writer. Overall, I think I've decided that I like this novel. It's well written, an interesting concept, and I might consider reading the sequel when it comes out in September.

Up next: Scars by Cheryl Rainfield. Until next time, happy reading! :)

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