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.
So many Feels! I loved the first book, and this did not let me down. I loved it! Honestly though, I did miss Cassie, reading some reviews I learned that some people don’t like her that much, and I just can’t understand that, she’s awesome. From what I understand they think she’s too swooney – well I disagree, she never really lets her guard down around Evan, and she resents herself for her swooney thoughts about him – and she’s still totally a bad ass. I did not like Ringer, and so when I started this I was kind of upset that so much of it was from her perspective, but by the end of the it I really like her, and I hope she and Cassie get a long better now that she understands more.
New characters! Grace and Razor. Grace is interesting, and she provides us with some background on Evan we didn’t get in the last book and helps us understand their feelings towards the aliens and people and general situation. Razor – I love him! He’s so great, he’s smart but plays dumb, and he’s disarming. I think throwing him and Ringer together was great, he really brought her back to life (to paraphrase Ringer) and made her more human again, watching her with him made me like her, she wasn’t so distant and cold anymore, but someone relatable. I really hope we see more of Razor in the last book – I am keeping positive, because without him Vosch has no leverage over Ringer, and we all know he’s too smart for that. Speaking of Vosch – the plot twist in this one, it’s so crazy! I thought the first book was good, this one is epic. I don’t even know what to expect anymore, I’m just hoping the next year goes by quickly so I can get the last book and finish this series (to then re-read them all like crazy).
I’m sure a lot of people are going to disagree, but I like the relationships between Cassie, Ben, and Evan. Cassie is still trying to figure out how she feels about Evan, though she obviously cares about him; has gotten over her crush on Ben, but they definitely have a connection, and I like it. I think Cassie is a lot better for Ben than Ringer (I just hate the idea of them together, especially now that we have Razor) since she still has faith, is optimistic, and so strong. And I like the tentative trust/distrust Ben has for Evan, ya we all know Evan is a good guy, but he can also bring them down pretty easily still – which we see with Grace. I just don’t know, I like the idea of her with either of them, but I also don’t want one of them to be hurt, though I’m not sure of Ben’s intentions, we know he’s a flirt but he’s handing out kisses here.
And l just don’t know what’s going on! Every time I think I’ve figured out what the aliens want/are doing I get thrown for another loop! This whole revelation about what Vosch did to Ringer, and what it means about Evan, it’s just crazy. And I need to take a moment to recognize Yancey’s writing, it’s simply amazing. I love how he can transition between voices so easily (and I like that they each have a section of the book, not back and forth), the language is simple yet complex, deep and meaningful but still something that you would expect real people to say. I love his writing and the way he makes the characters so real and relatable. If only I could figure out how to achieve that!