Series Wrap

Series Wrap: ‘The 5th Wave’, Rick Yancey

July 12, 2016

Series Wrap is a mini-feature where I sum up what I loved and loathed about a particular series upon completion. The rules are simple: I must have read and reviewed ALL books in said series and the series must be completed by the author. These posts are seperate from reviews.


About The 5th Wave series

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.


Quick Picks

Favourite Character/s: Ben Parrish
Favourite Pairing/s: Ben/Cassie?
Favourite Cover: The 5th Wave
Favourite Book: The 5th Wave

Summing Up

Why I liked this series

Having seen the film before reading the books, it’s impossible not to make comparisons. The film was cheesy (and the book was too, to an extent) but it did a better job at showing the alien ‘waves’ and really impacting you in that sense. The book, however, let you get a better handle on the characters and focused more on the time ‘after’ the waves, letting you explore the world and what it had become since.

There was a bleakness to the world that wasn’t there in the film. While the film made it look kind of like glamorous camping (seriously, Cassie never looked disheveled) the book was more gritty, dire and held more impact.

BEN PARRISH. Seriously, he was the highlight of this series for me (as well as the film). I felt like he was the only character that recognised the predicament they were all in, and never readjusted his thoughts on the matter. While Cassie was lovestruck over Evan, while Ringer was being too headstrong and getting upgraded with the 12th system, etc. Ben was struggling on.

Why I disliked this series

The romance between Cassie and Evan. Yup… it really took a lot away from the story for me, and made Cassie quite the unlikeable character. I actually admired her pre-Evan, but afterward, I despised her. If I had to hear about his ‘eyes like melting chocolate’ or hear her refer to his body as ‘Evanland’ one more time, I was going to puke.

The series also began to decline for me from the second book, onwards. It became clear to me pretty quickly that the ending wasn’t going to be something I was satisfied with. When all was said and done, and we got our explanation, I was just like ‘…. what? That’s it…?’. For a series that had been so urgent and action-action-action, it was a major letdown for me. There was nothing new from book one onwards, and you always knew that the main four characters (Cassie, Ben, Evan and Ringer) were quite ‘safe’, as the secondary characters existed to be alien fodder.

In Conclusion

Would I read this series again? No
Would I recommend this series? If the movie intrigued you, sure. But was it worth it? Not really…
This series in one word: Lacklustre.

Individual Reviews

The 5th WaveThe Infinite SeaThe Last Star

Did you read The 5th Wave series?
Have you seen the film?

1 Comment

  • Reply Zoe @ Stories on Stage July 13, 2016 at 7:54 am

    I read The Fifth Wave and was a bit meh about it, so I’m sorry to hear that the whole series feels that way. :( Not sure if I’m going to keep reading since it doesn’t sound like it improves. Nonetheless, thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts! <3
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