[DNF Review] The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave
(The 5th Wave #1)
Author: Rick Yancey
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Publication Date: May 7th, 2013
Pages: 457 (Hardcover)
Genre: YA – Post-apocalyptic

The Passage meets Ender’s Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey.
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.



Prior the publication date last year, I kept seeing positive reviews for The 5th Wave and alien apocalypse!! Who am I not to feel excited for this one? Plus, the blurb makes it sound so badass and amazing and I was like OHMYGOD GIMME THIS RIGHT NOW. And then I read it.

And behold, my hopes and dreams:

Picture doesn’t belong to me!

Crushed to pieces.

From the top of a skyscraper plunged straight into the bottom of Tartarus.

I had been warned that the beginning is slow but I didn’t know that it is THAT SLOW. I mean, I was halfway through the book yet nothing significant has happened besides flashbacks and POV switches. Right now I can’t even recall what happen in those 240 pages I read. I was like, COME ON SOMETHING IS SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN -_- Frankly, I was frustrated. Especially there is this POV in which there is no dialogue AT ALL, only huge chunks of paragraphs to add the boredom.

So when I hit the middle of the book, I decided to put it off and read other books that appealed more to me. But I hadn’t given up on it yet because many people have said that the second half is better. Skip a few months later, I wanted to continue it again but BOOM. I picked up where I left and I remember NOTHING. Like, NOTHING other than the protagonist’s name. *shame* I was too lazy to start over again so yeah, finally DNF’ed it. I am the black sheep again.


10 thoughts on “[DNF Review] The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey”

  1. Awwww :/ The synopsis does sound really good! I think this book is also on the NYT Bestseller list. But I cannot imagine how it ended up there if it’s so slow paced, because this sounds like it should be action packed with lots of thrilling moments. Considering it’s relatively long with 450 pages, I don’t think I would be willing to suffer through the first half just to hope that the second part will get better either. Better luck with your next reads!

    1. Yepp the blurb makes it sound like the book jumps into action immediately…turns out there are lots of flashbacks and POV switches that I thought weren’t really interesting. :/ This book has the potential to be one of my favorites but the execution is just crappy.

  2. Lol don’t worry, Kezia, you’re not alone in this! I also DNFed 5th Wave and I wasn’t too sad about it. I just need a lot of dialogue in books for it to work. What a shame that neither of us like it *sarcasm*

    1. I’m glad at least we agreed about this. I was disappointed considering that it was one of the most anticipated books in 2013…heck I immediately bought a copy when it comes out in here…but now I’m not too sad anymore lol :p

  3. OMG I’m so glad SOMEONE agrees! I literally was like the first blogger to write a review saying how much I disliked it and I just felt intimidated coz I just felt like everyone was glaring at me. I don’t know how I finished the book but lets just say this book put me to sleep more than once. I was so excited to read it and then my expectations were smashed. Great review, I totally agree!

  4. I know what you feel, Kezia. My bookstore got this like 2 days early so I went ahead and bought it with much gusto, but… ._. It was disappointing. And Samm’s POV was like… random. Out of nowhere. And there were a lot of other problems too. If you need closure though… I have to say that you didn’t miss out. HAHAHA.

    Faye @ The Social Potato

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