Teen Review: The Fifth Wave

July 4, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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The Fifth Wave  by Rick YanceyReview by Elsa, age 15

The Fifth Wave, by Rick Yancey, portrays a story of a girl named Cassie Sullivan, who never dreamed that the imaginary world she watched in movies or read about would become her own. One day she’s trying to find her way through school and get her crush to notice her and the next thing she knows her brother has been kidnapped and she's watching her father get shot to death.

I enjoyed many aspects of this book; what follows are some of them. There are very few books that I have read that have multiple point of views where I feel that it helps you understand the characters better. For example, the character Evan is someone who just pops into the book out of nowhere and decides to help Cassie so you don’t really know much about him. In the book, it shows that he has been following Cassie around and reading diaries that she wrote, details you wouldn’t find out if the book wasn’t in different point of views.

Another reason I enjoyed this book is because the main character, Cassie, is no different than characters in books like Divergent or The Hunger Games. I say this because Cassie says at one point, “What doesn't kill us sharpens us. Hardens us. Schools us.” This is no different than anything the main characters in Divergent or Hunger Games would say since all of them carry the character trait of bravery; not only that, but somehow they all started from being normal girls with not much experience in the field of fighting and survival; not only that, but they manage to live through deadly scenarios.

This book also is great for any dystopian readers, and I also very much like the fact that it is another book with a female lead. All in all, it was a very great read.