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 is the dawn of the 5th Wave.

–Back Cover of The 5th Wave

I didn’t want to put it down. It was addictive.

I would give it a five, if it wasn’t for the insta-love, but more about that later.

First off, the characters. The book revolves around Cassie, Evan, and Zombie.

Cassie, short for Cassiopeia, starts us off. I liked Cassie. It showed her life before the Waves started hitting, and I feel like that made it all the more realistic. It showed her as a normal teenage girl sitting on her phone in class, thinking about boys, compared to the defensive, loyal girl that comes out when her family is in danger.

Evan was wonderful for the time being but a rather flat character in my honest opinion. He kind of made me swoon, but when I really think about it, that was his sole point. To make me swoon.

Ben, or Zombie, was the most fleshed out character in my opinion. He was a soldier, forced to be who he was. It really showed what fighting in a war can do to a kid.

Normally I’m not big on sci-fi. I don’t like the concept of aliens, but I feel like in this case it was scarily realistic above anything else. If an alien invasion were to ever happen, this is how I would expect it to.

My one main drawback was the insta-love experienced between Evan and a certain character. The second he saw them, it was like nothing else mattered. He was willing to change his whole belief system because of his “love” for one person.

Overall, it was a quick and enjoyable read. I would give it a 3.5.
Anyone who enjoys sci-fi should give this book a read.