Series: The Fifth Wave #2
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Published by Putnam Juvenile (9.16.2014)
Hardcover, 320 pages
Source: I own it
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.
I’m afraid this is yet another book that has second book syndrome for me, sadly. It just didn’t have the magic that the first book had!
I still highly enjoyed Rick Yancey’s writing style. His prose is beautiful! I’m afraid, though, that I didn’t really connect with the story like I’d hoped. As you can see in my Assessment section, my feels were fairly low. Even the super shocking scenes didn’t spark much for me. No gasping, no gaping, no WTF?!s here. I felt the shock, but it wasn’t really reactive, if that makes any sense.
I didn’t enjoy the characters as much in this book, either. I think the main thing that dragged it down for me was that I didn’t like reading from Ringer’s POV. It’s not that I don’t like her, necessarily – I just don’t care about her. And she was so unfeeling about everything that I felt the detachment, too. And that wasn’t a good thing. View Spoiler »At first, I still cared. When she shot Teacup by accident, I cared. How awful would that be?! But in the end when Razor shot Teacup and then got shot himself, I didn’t care. There was NO emotional reaction from Ringer at all!! Wtf? Even when she was betrayed, there wasn’t any upset there. « Hide Spoiler She was so emotionless about everything!
Not much really happened in this book. It’s not that it was boring – I was still interested, Rick’s prose is interesting – but there was little to no plot. I suppose maybe I was expecting more after the explosive first book, which set my expectations for the rest of the series sky high.View Spoiler »The fact that the aliens were never physically on the planet was an interesting twist! I didn’t see that one coming. « Hide Spoiler
I know it’s a second book, but I felt very unsatisfied when I finished it. I don’t even think it’s the fact that there’s loose ends. It’s that I wanted more. Much more. Plus, the lack of feels killed it for me. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed it. I love the writing, and the premise is awesome. The set up of the alien invasion was still interesting. I definitely still want to continue the series!
Writing style: 4.5/5
Overall rating: 3.5/5