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The 5th Wave Series by Rick Yancey

Have you watched the 5th Wave movie played by Chloë Grace Moretz as Cassie Sullivan? You’ll know that the story ended without any conclusion.

There’s no plan to make the rest of the story into a movie, and I think it was a letdown because I felt the story was much better in a film than what was written in the book.

Title: The 5th Wave
Author: Rick Yancey
Genres: Science Fiction > Dystopia > Aliens
Read Format: Kindle Edition
Total Pages: 1,143
Reading Date: 18th March 2022 – 27th March 2022

The Reading Order – How to Read The 5th Wave Series by Rick Yancey

  • 1 The 5th Wave
  • 2 The Infinite Sea
  • 3 The Last Star

The 5th Wave

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…

I don’t relish reading a book that I already know about the ending. But since I watched this movie a long time ago and have completely forgotten the plot, it’s acceptable to read this book.

The person who mentioned this book to me was Aisha Hani, and I’m glad she did, even though it isn’t a genre I usually read. But thanks to her, I finally will be able to get closure to the story since the movie stopped just after they rescued Sammy.

But to be honest, I almost stopped reading this book after a few chapters because I got bored with Carrie’s rants. There wasn’t much going on in the beginning. But a few chapters later, when the disasters started to roll in, things started to get interesting.

Then again, I got frustrated figuring out which characters’ POV I was reading. It would be nice if the author wrote their name at the beginning of the chapter. It didn’t take much time or space!

Soon after finishing the book, I rewatched the movie and noticed some differences in the story, such as the creeper AKA Crisco didn’t exist. Thus, the way how Carrie got separated from Sammy was different. Carrie also did not talk with Ben about babies on a bus but a different topic at a party. Evan’s girlfriend also wasn’t mentioned, and many others.

There were many more points that I would like to address, but enough with my rants, let’s continue reading the next book!

The Infinite Sea

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.

My thoughts…

Damn, it’s still the same. I had to play a guessing game on whose POV I was reading, and to top it off, what exactly transpired in the story? Apart from a clue to what needed to be done to defeat the alien, there’s nothing much happening. Is that why this book did not make it to a movie?

Perhaps the others would appreciate knowing more about side characters’ life stories, such as Poundcake or Ringer? But, I found the only part that I enjoyed reading was Ringer’s POV, and I believe her condition and role would significantly affect the next book🤞. Otherwise, why bother with it? Poundcake with his heroic act and Ringer? We’ll find out in the next book!

The Last Star

The enemy is Other. The enemy is us.

They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.

But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves.

In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves…or saving what makes us human.

My thoughts…

Finally, in the last book, the author acknowledged our difficulty and made an effort to write the character’s name before every new chapter began. Story-wise, especially the conclusion, I disliked it! It wasn’t bad, but it’s not the kind of ending that I envision for some characters.

Hopefully, if, let’s say, Rick, follows through with his announcement about releasing three more books for this series, we’ll get nice twists and surprises! PM me if the book came out because I would love to give it a go.

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