“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.”


This book was both a hit and a miss for me.

There was a lot of things that I really liked about the story but also a ton that I didn’t like about it.

First of all, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the writing style. It was great at some points and not so great at some other ones. It was kind of bland in my personal opinion. it just wasn’t for me.

The characters were this book’s strong suit. I like Cassie as a main character. I would hate to have to be put in the situation she was in. She had a great personality to her and her dedication to her family was great. Knowing that she was going to do everything that she could to do to protect her friends and family was an extremely brave of her.

The other characters in this story were also pretty interesting. I liked reading from the perspective of Zombie. I think getting a perspective from one of the members of the invading aliens (or alien-like beings) was a good inclusion put into this book. It was probably my favorite perspective we got in this book.

The romance was one of my least favorite part of this book. The romance between Cassie and Ben was so INSTA-LOVEY (one of my most HATED tropes in YA novels). It was cute a times but, it was just not for me. Too much of the story was focused on the romance and it kind of took over the main storyline in way too many ways.

The plot of this book (as well as the way the story was layed out) was were this book lost me. There were way too may things going on at one time. I didn’t like how each chapter was from a different character. It made the story way to confusing for to follow along with. If we had just stuck with one or two perspectives, maybe I would have enjoyed it a lot more. I will say that this book did get better as the story progressed and it had a lot of twists and turns that I enjoyed.

Overall, this book was just ok for me. It was one of the more disappointing dystopian books I have read. The plot and the romance ruined it for me. The twists and turns that came along as the plot continued did make me consider continuing on with the series but as of right now, if I do consider continuing on, I will not be for a long, long time.