The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey | What makes dystopia so APPEALING

5th wave

I was 100% sure that I had already written a review for the first book in the series – «The 5th Wave». I even spent good 20 minutes searching through my blog/drafts/posts and just any document that might contain a hidden almost 2-year-old review. I found nothing!

As I just finished the second book in the series, my hands are itching to write some feedback because it was AMAZING and I LOVED IT WITH ALL MY DYSTOPIAN HEART!

16101128GoodReads Blurb:

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.

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)

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Remember those times when I used to babble about my love for crime and thriller novels? Well, forget about them! It is time to declare my love for dystopian and Sci-fi novels! And this one is a perfect example of everything I love about this genre.

What makes dystopia so appealing?


1 – The  WE ALL GOING TO DIE, PLEASE SOMEONE SAVE US. This never gets old. The world is ending. Aliens conquering the Earth. Virus spreading all over the world. Natural disasters. The possibilities of different thrilling scenarios are endless!

«The 5th Wave» has a little bit of everything, hence the five waves! How can you not love it?!


2 – The survival instinct that kicks in during these harsh scenarios. I admire characters that are brave and come up with crazy solutions just to survive. If it would be me, I’d build a fort out of books! Unless my wall of books would protect me from zombies or aliens.  Either way, it means I need to buy more books ASAP.

Thank you dystopian novels for yet another excuse to feed my book buying obsession!


3 – Call me weird, but I love to see destroyed cities, empty fields and humans used as a weapon against the humanity itself. What is wrong with me? Good question but we don’t have all day to sit here and talk about me, do we?!

Just embrace the fact that cities on fire (IN MOVIES AND IN BOOKS ONLY!) are climactic and super scary! Maybe I don’t find thrillers thrilling anymore and that is why I moved on to dystopian? That is something we can discuss later on!


4 – Usually dystopian novels have a bunch of great characters. There are evil characters, who usually want to end the entirety of humanity. There are good characters, who are brave and smart and many things that I am not! There are different sides and groups and just all variety of people trying their best to survive. I like that!


5 – Sometimes and only sometimes, because people love tragic romance during horrific circumstance, we can encounter a book so light on romance that I actually end up enjoying it! Or, in some rarer cases, there is no romance at all!

Many people told me to read V.E. Schwab books because they are usually romanceless. I should listen to these people more often…

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When it comes to «The 5th Wave» it has all those good qualities I love in this genre. I enjoyed the second book a tiny bit more than the first, but that might be due to the fact that I actually read the first book in Russian and the translation quality was not the best. I couldn’t see the distinct writing style of Rick Yancey.

Besides the dystopian elements, there are also a lot of secrets and mysteries. Who is attacking? What do they want? Why are they doing it?

And to answer those questions I need the third book, and I need it NOW!

My rating:
★★★★★

Let me know in the comments down below if you share my love towards this series or maybe there are even better dystopian books out there that you would like to suggest!

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2 thoughts on “The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey | What makes dystopia so APPEALING

  1. i’m so glad you liked this, now I want to read it!!! everyone I know says it disappointed them but usually I love books that disappoint my friends, it’s so sad but truuueeee c:

    I agree that dystopian is amazing, the setting!!! THE TRAGIC CHARACTERS!! I haven’t read dystopian since, oh god, I think it’s been since Hunger Games??? Right now my only dystopia fix is The Walking Dead on Netflix

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