The sequel to The Fifth Wave does not disappoint. In addition to having lots of fighting and action sequences, we get to know an expanded universe asThe sequel to The Fifth Wave does not disappoint. In addition to having lots of fighting and action sequences, we get to know an expanded universe as we get inside the heads of new characters- people like Ringer, and Poundcake. Plot wise, this sequel has a huge twist at the end- one that redefines what it means to be a survivor of the war.
The only complaint I had was that there was too little time given to the main characters from The Fifth Wave. This is largely Ringer's story, and although her POV was gripping and well written, I still wanted more time with Evan and Cassie. There is a lot less romance in this version, as well.
But clearly, I loved it. It was an amazing follow up- pretty much everything I'd hoped for. Five stars, all the way....more
Wow! I may have liked this even more than Graceling, and I definitely liked it more than Fire- and I loved the first two books to pieces. (Literally.Wow! I may have liked this even more than Graceling, and I definitely liked it more than Fire- and I loved the first two books to pieces. (Literally. My copy of Graceling is falling apart.)
The story follows Bitterblue into the edge of adulthood. It's perhaps her most politically complicated tale, and I like that we got to know more about the shadowy "Council," which I never felt got much explanation. Still not a very clear picture, but more than we've gotten before.
We get to see the evolution of Bitterblue from a protected woman-child into a formidable young woman and queen. There are lots of familiar characters playing major roles, and even an appearance from some of the cast of Fire. The romance was almost a side note, which was oddly kind of refreshing. YA is just chock full of romance, to the point that it feels kind of obligatory, and it was nice not to see a woman lose her head over someone, although there is romance in the book, and a hint at some more in the future.
There are lots of mysteries dealing with the past and the present, as Leck's legacy is obviously still hanging over everything and everyone. Bitterblue has to figure out a way to help her people heal, and to figure out who is behind some nasty goings-on in Bitterblue City. She also has to learn to assert herself more with her advisers, her seem hell-bent on protecting her- she's just unclear from what. The accounts of her sneaking out of the castle, and her life as nameless thief, are great. Cashore does a great job describing the city in every detail- from the castle down to the meanest pub.
All in all, I'd give it more than five stars if I could....more
This isn't a bad little book, per se. I put it down because it really just wasn't my cup of tea. It seemed like it was written for a much younger audiThis isn't a bad little book, per se. I put it down because it really just wasn't my cup of tea. It seemed like it was written for a much younger audience- middle grade or younger- although there was something very eerie about it, that might scare some very young readers. Recommended for fans of fairy tales, or very simple but haunting tales told in first person. I'm thinking "The Silver Kiss" by Annette Curtis Klause. ...more
Holy gods. Where has this book been all my life? I've been going through something of an alien "thing" lately, and have discovered all kinds of niftyHoly gods. Where has this book been all my life? I've been going through something of an alien "thing" lately, and have discovered all kinds of nifty little subgenres. While the occasional alien romance is nice, I was just completely pulled in by this Walking Dead style apocalypse, where you're not even sure who the enemy is anymore. You just know it's not you. You hope.
The 5th Wave is good, solid, dense writing. The pacing is great, with lots of action punctuated by surprising moments of vulnerability and tenderness. The best, though? The characters. Yancey does an amazing job crafting complex, emotional characters with deep back stories and internal struggles. The supporting characters are great as well- they have depth and contribute to the story. So yes, another book that kept me up all night. And when I finally fell asleep, I did it with the lights on.
I'd describe this more as Jane Austen meets Blade Runner. I'm over half way through, and the part of me that's a sucker for the Austen-esque is purrinI'd describe this more as Jane Austen meets Blade Runner. I'm over half way through, and the part of me that's a sucker for the Austen-esque is purring. But the pastoral prettiness jars too much with the social message the book's trying to impart. I know that's kind of the point- high society exploits and feeds on the lower classes- but that's hardly an original plot. I mean, just turn on the news- the 99% and all that. And at over half way through, I kind of feel like I'm being hit over the head with a hammer: "Gentry=parasites. Lower classes= victims." Okay, yes. I got that, like, fifty pages ago. BUT. I am not all the way through yet, and perhaps things will pick up. Austen's Mansfield Park certainly did....more