The 5th Wave is being turned into a movie!!
WHY DIDN’T ANYONE TELL ME!?!
The 5th Wave - Rick Yancey
After annihilating the human race one disaster after another, Cassie and her family are gearing up for the next disaster, the 5th wave. They have no idea what it is and when it will strike, but they know they are in danger and running out of time. The creatures who only look human are after her and Cassie does all she can to stay alive. After the abduction of her brother, Cassie must face her fears, understand her surroundings and learn who to trust if she ever wants to find him again.
I was hooked from the first page. Yancey’s writing, which is so different when compared to his Monstrumologist series, has a way of keeping me engaged. It’s very structured, to the point and not overly dramatic. The dark atmosphere of the whole book is ever looming and you never quite feel safe as you read through. He’s created a vivd, albeit stark, world that just draws you in and makes you question everything you encounter. You feel lonely and exposed in this world and you get a sense of how Cassie is feeling as you journey and fight right along side her.
Cassie is strong and independent. She know’s that she is the last hope her family has and does all she can to help them survive. I immediately felt a connection with her and applauded her for the cause she was fighting for. I never thought that she was fake, I hardly ever questioned her decisions and even through the romantic scenes I thought she handled herself well. The romance was one aspect of the book which deterred me slightly only because it felt like a giant roadblock that prevented Cassie from getting where she needed to go. I understood that Cassie had been lonely so being in the company of the ever-charming, though sometimes creepy, Evan Walker was a welcome change in her life, but it was frustrating watching her get so caught up when there were such bigger things to worry about. I would’ve like to see these scenes compressed as I don’t think they served much purpose to the overall story.
One aspect of the book that I loved was the dual narrative. It was a writing technique that I wasn’t expecting so after a few chapters in it was a pleasant surprise. It really flipped the story around and gave us a whole new perspective. We meet Ben Parish, a soldier training to defend the earth, and follow him through his trials. It was fantastic to see how these two story lines intertwined and overlapped with each other, usually in unexpected ways, which made the storytelling interesting and constantly fresh. You never really know what to expect and I found myself guessing what would happen next throughout the length of the story.
Rick Yancey is slowly becoming one of my favourite authors because of the worlds and characters that he creates. The environment is so alive with personality and his characters are flawed and real. He has a way of weaving fantasy and science fiction together with real world issues and he manages to keep the reader engaged until the end. There’s a constant tension and the urge to survive throughout the story and he forces our characters to make life altering decisions. Who do you trust? How far will go? How often do you get up?
I just bought my first cook book yesterday and It’s called “Hamburger Gourmet”
The main reason I bought it was because it was designed so nicely and it just looked so sexy and my designer geekiness was exploding and I was making the most uncomfortable sexual noises in the store and arrghhhh!
Latest Book Haul!
Winger - Andrew Smith
If I Stay - Gayle Forman
Wonder - R.J Palacio
We Were Liars - E. Lockhart
Noggin - John Corey Whaley
Hollow City - Ransom Riggs
*Slight spoilers ahead*
One of the main drawbacks that I have with ANY book is the beginning. It has to really catch me or I get incredibly lazy to continue any further. The opening chapters of books such as Ready Player One by Ernest Cline or The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey are fine examples where the introductory pages are gripping and begged me to continue onwards. Unfortunately, Hollow City didn’t fall into that category. The beginning was probably the main aspect of this novel that I was not in love with. It crawled at a minuscule pace and introduced characters that were forgettable and to be honest - boring. Anything with talking animals, and I usually find myself jumping ship. This was no exception. I found the whole chapter in the animal loop extremely childish and unnecessary. I found that this chapter (and some other chapters in the book) were only added so Riggs was able to utilize some old photos that he found. This was also one flaw that I had with the first book.
However! I forced myself to continue because the first book was one of my favourites and I didn’t want to jump to conclusions without finishing the rest of the story. Luckily, it does get better. Once they leave the animal loop the story picks up and I found myself invested in the characters again and interested in the cause they were fighting for.
There were great moments such as the old fairytale with the giant and the little kerfuffle they had with some soldiers (which highlighted the badass-ness of Hugh and his bees). We were also introduced to some new peculiars and it forced our characters to interact with strangers and experience life outside of their loop. There was a little issue of believability when you slowly discover that EVERY person they met was peculiar but it does make for great scenes where our characters needed to think outside the box and learn how to fend for themselves.
It feels like there is a lot of negativity with this review, but by the end of the book, I didn’t hate it, I actually quite liked it. Also with the twist ending, it really begs for a follow up novel and introduces a new array of questions. It had a terrible opening and I did feel that some chapters needed to be left out (i.e. the animal loop and the gypsies) but it did maintain that same charm that I found with the first one. It wasn’t as dark as the first and it came off quite childish at times but it allowed me to once again venture into a really unique setting and follow some unlikely heroes.
yay! Love them!
hehe yeah they are pretty cool, but don’t you find it hard to turn the page? It frustrates me so much when I can’t get a good handle on the next page, but the edges make the book look so cool… oh the struggle…