As regular readers of this blog will know, I’m not a usual participant in the Waiting on Wednesday meme. I receive so many amazing books that it has to be something pretty special to push me to blog about it before it is even released, but The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey is that kind of book.
I’ve had the opportunity to read this alien invasion thriller, and I have to say that it kept me up far too late at night and on the edge of the bed over the two days it took me to finish it. That’s right – two days. It would have been one, but I had to do something approaching work somewhere in there. There wasn’t a moment in the book where I was able to sit back and catch my breath – and that’s a pretty rare kind of book for me.
The characters are flawed and interesting (Zombie! Ringer!), and the challenges they face are never-ending. I’m less enamored of Cassie than some of the others I know who have read the book, but I do think that’s the point – I think that, in times of stress, we become the kinds of people we need to be, instead of the kinds of people we think others want us to be. There are decisions made that you wouldn’t necessarily make in normal circumstances, and there has to be something that gets you through each day (I know – cryptic much? Sorry, I refuse to spoil anything for you – read the book).
There’s an emotional drain that you feel when you read this book, as if you are going through the same circumstances as the characters, and you’ll never quite know who you can trust. All in all, it’s a really compelling read, and I can’t wait for it to be released so that everyone can talk about it with me.
Here’s the link to the first trailer, released a few weeks back:
Now there’s a second trailer … and I like the way things are being presented:
The 5th Wave is published by Penguin Canada and will be available from Indigo, Amazon and your friendly independent bookstore. ISBN: 9780399162411, 480 pages