What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Friday, June 14, 2013

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

This book seems to be very popular. Or, have a very good promotional team, because I've seen it everywhere. To be honest, I wasn't that interested in it, even after reading the summary. But since it was everywhere, and so many people were saying good things about it, I decided to give it a shot.

Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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.
I have a few things to tell you, my lovely reader, before you read this review: First off, this is deviating from my normal style of What I Liked/What I Didn't. I tried to write this review that way and it just wasn't working, so I went at it from a more natural conversational position. Second, it's kinda mean. I didn't mean for it to sound that way, but that's how it came out. So you're being exposed to my honest thoughts. Some of these sentences came directly from my mouth when I was talking about this book with a friend. Third, and most importantly, THERE ARE SOME SPOILERS. I try to avoid them at all costs, but I think one slipped in, and I can't find a good way to remove it.

I decided, since I wasn't that interested in the first place, to experience this one as an audiobook. Sometimes hearing a voice with the characters helps me feel connected. And the two narrators were very good, and played their roles very well.

But oh my god, snooze. I could not get into this one at all. I've read it twice now (once as an audiobook, and once on my ereader) and I can't even tell you much about it. We started off with Cassie. She's on the run from....something, someones that are basically unknown. Okay, that's a little interesting. Not totally unique, but interesting enough. Then we start having the flashbacks. This is important to the story, because otherwise how would we figure out what led her to be all alone, traveling in search of...well, ultimately her brother. And okay, The flashbacks for me were the most informative part of the story. So much of the story was dedicated to these flashbacks that, like I said, most of this story is told within the flashbacks. So we find out that some sort of alien life force has started taking over the planet. The first thing they do to begin infiltration is the First Wave, and so on and so forth until we come to the present with Cassie - known as The Fifth Wave. As a main character, I needed more from her. She wasn't up for giving away much information, even just to us readers. While she had a strong back story, her character wasn't developed nearly enough for me to feel connected to her. At all. Somewhere in the midst of learning about what's been going on on Earth, we jump to a new character. A sick (as in ill, not psycho) kid turned soldier nicknamed Zombie. Now we're gonna follow him around for a while. We spend more time inside Zombie's head than we do Cassie's, and definitely get to know him a little better. But other than his soft spot for a six year old kid they call Nugget, and the fact that he's pretty darn smart, there was very little redeeming about him. Oh wait, I forgot about Evan. Hermit-boy in the woods who nurses Cassie back to health after she is injured in the woods. Evan is keeping one hell of a secret, although I wasn't surprised AT ALL when he finally revealed it (although Cassie was.) While she's being cared for at the Walker family farm, she's lost more than just blood, because her brain cells seem to deteriorate every time hunky farm boy walks in the room. Pay attention Cass and you might have figured it out before shoving your tongue down his throat. Whoops, did I give something away? Snooze, because even their romance is pure insta-love and boring. Finally, we get to the plot. Normally, I don't have a problem with nonlinear plots. And that wasn't really my biggest issue with this one here either. It was honestly the amount of supplots. Pick a storyline and explore it fully before you give it a million different branches. There wasn't anything that kept me hooked on this story, and sadly, I breathed a sigh of relief when I was finally finished reading it.

I'm rating this book 2 shots for creativity (and mostly because one shot from me is the equivalent of DNF), but I will not be continuing with this series.

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1 comment:

  1. Everyone has been raving about this book, and when i read it i had the exact same issues as you. I was very annoyed with the lack of information, the sudden shifts in POV and generally i was just really not liking it. Also seriously, POV from a 5-year-old? please. That was the most horrible pages to get through in any book i have ever read.
    But i think my main issue was the plot - and like you said, the amounts of storylines going on at the same time. Gaah, it was rather infuriating in combination with the other issues i had.
    I also ended up giving this book a 2-star-rating, because i liked the alien invasion a lot, and the overall idea was good. But this book really was not for me.

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