Thursday, July 25, 2013
Book Review: The 5th Wave
When I originally picked up this book and started reading it, I knew very little about it. Only that it was this new dystopian Young Adult novel. If I had a nickel for every book that thought it could cash in on the Hunger Games phenomenon...but it wasn't entirely like The Hunger Games, although I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to fans. First of all it's actually about alien invasion. I can hear your collective groans. I groaned too when I discovered this, but it is done in an interesting way and it's not like the aliens have lizard faces or anything (I'm looking at you V: The Miniseries and the trauma that ruined my childhood).
If I had to liken this to any book it would probably be Ender's Game, although the main protagonist is female. There are kids, there a war games, and they are tasked with saving what remnants of humanity from the alien invaders. It is told in first person point of view, although it is told from the perspectives several different characters to keep things interesting. It's very well done, and the fast past action keeps you hooked.
Although it is long, this is a very quick read and once you think you have everything figured out, it changes and you don't. There are at least two major plot twists. Give it a read to see if you can figure them out yourself before they are revealed.
I would recommend this to young adults and adults as well. There is a little language, and some pretty mature themes, but it's good for teens.