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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
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bookshelves: post-apocalyptic, aliens, everyone-loves-this-crap-but-me, not-worth-the-hype

-- Tried to reread it because of the movie but I still don't get it :/ --

I choose to start this book because of all the hype that it is having. They even had promo posts on the subway. The quotes were really interesting and the thing about a strong heroine in an alien invaded earth, how can it be that bad? And then we can add the alien-earth romance to have the spicy in the food. Well, it was promising enough. It should have been.

The writing in this book is really beautiful. It was beautiful, funny and direct. It has great quotes that makes you think about life and how small we are in the universe. Also, how ridiculous we can be with capitalism. How people think that they are better than others because they have more money but after death, they are just the same.

By killing us, they showed us the idiocy of stuff. The guy who owned this BMW? He’s in the same place as the woman who owned that Kia.

I usually like books with a lot of POVs. This one has it, a lot. The narration is captivating. There are action everywhere and I love when I have this hunger to know what will happen next.
However, the hunger wasn't really present while I was reading this book. As it starts between 4th wave and 5th wave, Cassie (One of the POVs) use flashbacks to tell us what happened in the others waves and how she ended where she was. So everything wasn't surprising because we new how it would end. Also, between the flashbacks we had some what-is-happening-now narrative. So it was kinda confusing. Past-present-past-present-past-oh-wait,-I'm bleeding-now-in-the-present. A lot was happening and nothing was happening. A lot happened in the past, but almost nothing was happening in the present. I wish the book just started from the 1st wave.

Aside from the flashbacks, having all the different views took out the element of surprise. Everything was so predictable or sometimes I thought people were just so dumb...

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In addition I hated how I was lost with the POVs. I was tired by trying to figure out who’s mind it was or if it was a new character trying to be introduced.
The really down part for me was the romance. Really empty without real feelings and made no sense. She liked him because he was handsome and, as there were not a lot of girls alive, he was giving her attention. He stopped his alien domination for a plain human because.... There is no because. He just did it for no apparently reason. I feel this is just one more Edward-Bella story all over again, The pray turns into the love interest without logic behind it.

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Anyway, as I really liked the writing and a lot of people liked the story. Maybe the problem is with me so I would still recommend it.

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Quotes Daiane Liked

Rick Yancey
“That's what you do when the curtain is falling--you give the line that the audience wants to hear.”
Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

Rick Yancey
“We’re here, and then we’re gone, and it’s not about the time we’re here, but what we do with the time.”
Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

Rick Yancey
“You know how sometimes you tell yourself that you have a choice, but really you don't have a choice? Just because there are alternatives doesn't mean they apply to you.”
Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

Rick Yancey
“Even the most sensitive person can get used to even the most insensitive thing.
Cruelty isn’t a personality trait. Cruelty is a habit.”
Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

Rick Yancey
“If I had faced it then, I wouldn't be facing it now, but sooner or later you have to choose between running and facing the thing you thought you could not face.”
Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

Rick Yancey
“I'm not encouraged by the silence. I can think of no benign reason for it. I'm afraid we may expect something closer to Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas than a scene from Close Encounters, and we all know how that turned out for the Native Americans.”
Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

Rick Yancey
“It's like a cockroach working up a plan to defeat the shoe on its way down to crush it.”
Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

Rick Yancey
“You can’t force yourself to trust. So you put all your doubts in a little box and bury it deep and then try to forget where you buried it”
Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

Rick Yancey
“It's almost dawn. You can feel it coming. The world holds its breath, because there's really no guarantee that the sun will rise. That there was a yesterday doesn't mean there will be a tomorrow.”
Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

Reading Progress

March 7, 2015 – Shelved
May 1, 2015 – Started Reading
May 5, 2015 –
page 400
87.53% "....I'm getting lost..."
May 6, 2015 –
page 450
98.47% "I swear I will finish it today... Sometimes I think this book is awesome. Others I think it's just pretty predictable and the characters are really dumb... Sorry world."
May 6, 2015 – Finished Reading

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Aj the Ravenous Reader Awesome review, Daiane! You expressed yourself very well and your points are all well justified. Like you, it's the writing that I loved the most. I read this two years ago so I wasn't very critical then yet. Perhaps if I reread this now, I'll spot those flaws. hehe.

Tamara OMG YES!! Somebody agrees with me. I hate the romance in this one. Evan is such a creep, I cant stand him.

Drewthereader19 I loved this book. I also loved the movie!

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Christina So I haven't read the book OR seen the movie yet *way late to the party*. Love the honesty and POV on the book that you gave :)

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Beatrice ~ Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic great review, Daiane! :) This is why I stay away from hyped books. I'm gonna give this a chance one day if I'm in the mood to read it. :)

~Anna's ƦªϻƁℓℹռg$~ Fab review, Daiane! Sorry you didn't like the romance:)

Nicay │The Nerdy side of a Queen I agree with you Diane. Though I love how "Uncle" Yancey gave the story interesting. I'm just a little bit off on how he narrate the multiple pov's of them. There were times that I can't comprehend easily with it. And btw, love the honest review. :)

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Sandra Fantastic review, as always Daiane! :)

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destini mia Wonderful review, Daiane!! Sorry this one fell a little flat for you :)

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Judith Great review,darling.Sorry it wasn't a total winner,xx

Adita ✨The Slumbering Insomniac✨ Lovely review, Daiane!! ♥♡♥

A Random Enthusiast I'm sorry you didn't like it! I also got really confused with the POVs especially Ben's, but I loved the book. Great review!

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J. Kahele Great honest review Daiane xxx

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Pang Haven't even watch the movie, yet girl! For the book um... I don't like multiple POV. much )': I'm always confused 'Whose POV is this???' so I'm not sure I gonna read this book or not. :/ Whatever, thanks for the review Daiane! :) <3

Donita Luz Too bad.. :( I really really loved this book and the movie, if you watched with the mentality of it being different from the book.. :) But I really did love this book a lot, i have issues along the way but chose to ignore it for evan alone. lol :)

Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog Fab review Daiane! :)
Sorry it wasn't better for you.

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Es Summer Super honest review, dear!! :))

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Aisling Zena Great review Daiane! Sorry it didn't work for you. Hope your next one is better. :)

&#x1f422;Eliza {Bat Tziyon}&#x1f338; Omg now I wanna read the series too!! Too bad this is like impossible to find where I live :/ Argh!

NiCoLeTa E. Sorry about this one, honey!!!
Great homest review, though!!!
I personally liked very much this book!!! ;-)) xx

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Sorry it wasn't a hit for you, to be honest I feel you on most of the things that bothered you

Daiane @Aj Thanks <3 Yes! I noticed that too. As we read more and more books we get more critical about them. This always reminds me of a movie I saw that had this girl who wished she could read her favorite book for the first time again. I don't remember even if it was a movie, but the saying got stuck in my head :)

@Tamara HI5!!! We are not alone! I'm so happy :D I totally agree with you!!

@Drew That's good! I think I enjoyed the movie more as they cut some parts I thought made no sense. However, I really liked the writing here :/

Daiane @Christina You go girl! Setting your book priorities right! Good job ;D huhj

@Bea You are right! But I have a really curious mind :/ I blame the little one who is always telling me to get the book.

Damn :/

Daiane @Anna thank you <3

@Nicay I also think it was interesting and for an alien book, it hooked me. I thought I was the only one confused with the POVs lol. Thank you!!!

@Sandra @Mia @Judith @Adita Thank you guys!!

Daiane @Honora Thank you!! Yes, Ben was really unpredictable :/

@J Thanks <3

@Pang Just like I was. Usually I'm okay with it when it's like NA and we have two POVs. But even with Cinder and the hundreds of POVs I was okay. I think it depends on how it's written and this one wasn't okay with me. Thank YOU!

Daiane @Donita Yes, usually I think about them as two different things. The movie looked more sequential while the book had some great quotes. I didn't care about Evan that much D: *runs* lol But it's great that you liked <3

@Patty @Es @Aisling Thanks guys <3

Daiane @Eliza Oh, why is that? D:Can't you get it with kindle? :/ I hate when it's not available for us :(

@Nicole Thanks sweetie! That's good :D

@Kat It's good to know I wasn't the only one thinking about those issues :D <3

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Paula Wonderful review, Daiane! :)

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Great honest review, Daiane. ;)

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Pearl Angeli Lovely review, Daiane! Xoxoxo

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