Thursday, January 21, 2016

Movie Release & Book Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Here's another series that I've recently become a fan of, which has a movie coming out this week! It's always exciting to see amazing books hit the big screen, and I'm proud to admit I've already purchased my tickets. :)
For those of you following The 5th Wave movie release, the first installment is about to hit movie theaters everywhere!  Enjoy this post to get an overview of the first book, my review, the movie details and trailer. 
The 5th Wave movie release is coming Friday, January 22, 2016.
Original Book Cover
The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1) by Rick Yancey
Published: May 7, 2013
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it's the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother--or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.
My Thoughts

A moment comes in war when the last line must be crossed. The line that separates what you hold dear from what total war demands. If he couldn’t cross that line, the battle was over, and he was lost…

That was incredible! High energy, amazing cast, and captivating plotline. I’m so happy I found a Young Adult series I can feel vested in for the coming months. 

I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to read The 5th Wave. Full disclosure… the only reason I finally decided to dive into it is because the movie is coming out, and I have a cardinal rule to never watch a movie before finishing the book. Any book nerd would appreciate that, I’m sure.

Well I absolutely loved The 5th Wave! Loved it! It was just what I was looking for in a Young Adult series… fast paced, absolutely intriguing, tons of twists and turns and loads of action… oh and don't let me forget the love interest…. not bad!

In this novel, the Earth is at the cusp of battling the 5th wave against an alien invasion. The 1st wave cut off all of the power. The 2nd wave created an earthquake felt around the world. The 3rd wave took out over 3 billion people with disease and pestilence that spread around the word. 

Cassie has survived up until this point, and she’s on a mission to find her little brother Sammy that was taken by “The Others.” However, she can’t do it alone, but the first rule for surviving the 4th wave is don’t trust anyone. The only way to stay alive is to stay alone.

First off, the cast was amazing! Every character in this book caught my attention. Cassie was exactly what every heroine should be – strong, hopeful, smart and calculating. I love it when female characters are deserving of their voice as the main character, and Cassie fit the part perfectly!

When I met Evan Walker, I immediately fell for him, but not without a fair share of skepticism. I can’t wait to learn more about him and how his journey continues with the next book.

Overall, The 5th Wave was absolute perfection. It’s not often that I fall into a SciFi book, but Rick Yancey has managed to remind me how amazing the adventures can be. Loved it!

We’re here, and then we’re gone, and it’s not about the time we’re here, but what we do with the time.

Now that I’ve finished the book, I can’t express how much I’m looking forward to the movie! Not only that, but I have the second installment in my hot hands ready for me to dive in! Bring it on!! 

In the end it wouldn’t be the lucky ones left standing…
5 Snowflakes

Movie Tie-in Edition Book Cover of The 5th Wave
The 5th Wave Movie Trailer
For fans of Evan and Cassie… here's another movie clip to enjoy!
The 5th Wave Movie Release Date: Friday, January 22, 2016
Be sure to let me know if you plan to see this movie! :)


  1. I read and loved the The 5th Wave earlier this month and I just finished The Infinite Sea (which was amazing too!). I agree with you about the characters - I was so invested in all of them and loved finding out about their backstories and how they got to where they are now. The one character I didn't really like was Evan. Sorry! He just weirded me out right from the moment we met him (I mean, he gave her a bath whilst she was unconscious and he should have left her underwear on...). This was definitely my favourite book of 2016 so far! It's always nice to get other people thoughts too : )

  2. I'm going to see this on Sunday. One of my favorite series, and I can't wait to read The Last Star.

  3. I still haven't read this one! I want to though and like you, with the movie coming out I knew I NEEDED to read the book before seeing the movie. I was hoping to have read it by now but I guess that didn't happen XD Hopefully soon though! Especially after reading your glowing review here! I love how you described the characters, the pace and all the twists!

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  5. If you are a fan of post-apocalyptic and sci-fi stories and you haven't read Rick Yancy's The 5th Wave, then I don't know what you have been doing. Get off your butt and go out and buy The 5th Wave. I promise you, you won't be disappointed.

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