Disclaimer: I am not a huge sci-fi fan. It’s just not something that tends to appeal to me, though there are exceptions, with Star Trek: Next Generation being the biggest. That said, I did enjoy The 5th Wave enough to recommend it to people who do like science fiction.
Overall, this was an enjoyable book. I didn’t mind spending money on it. I plan to read the rest of the trilogy because I want to find out what happens.
So, I knocked off two stars because of the way it’s written. It jumps back and forth between points of view, Cassie and Ben, and it can get a bit confusing because this happens at least a dozen times. It’s difficult to keep the story line straight when things change so often. There were parts in the action scenes where time seemed to skip, or things weren’t clearly explained so I wasn’t 100% certain what was going on. I see that a lot in action scenes, where bullets are flying and things are exploding and you’ve got a lot of detail to cram into a short space and make it seem real. It’s a tough trick to pull off, and while the book was good overall, I don’t think Yancey quite pulled that off.
But, I am looking forward to starting book #2 in the series, so definitely go out and buy The 5th Wave if you enjoy sci-fi, aliens, dystopian fiction, or all of the above.