Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Source: I won a free ARC from goodreads' First Reads and Penguin.
Purchase: Barnes and Noble | The Book Depository
I kept putting off writing this review. I'm still not even sure exactly how I feel about this book. Giving it a star rating seems to be almost impossible. I guess I'll just start by telling you the the great, the good, the bad, and the ugly and go from there, and then maybe I will be able to give this one a solid star rating.
The Great: Cassie is a really kick ass heroine with her human flaws and all. Seriously, this chick rocks. I love her crazy/snarky narration. It actually reminded me a lot of the movie Zombieland. She was the best part of The 5th Wave. (Yes, she has one scene where I really wanted to strangle her and be like "you are making no sense," but besides that she is great.) The other great thing is the high creep factor in this book.
The Good: The different view points. We get to see and feel what several different characters are going through and this added a lot of depth to the novel. The only downside, when the point of view was first switched I was really confused and had to reread a few pages to get a grasp on what was going on. It would have been nicer for a little heads up. Oh and another good thing, there are some pretty cool action/survival scenes and totally unrelated... a good evil person, although way too obvious.
The Bad: This book is pretty predictable. I didn't feel like there was a whole lot of new ideas being brought to the table. It was kind of overly easy to tell what would happen next and who you could and couldn't trust, which was ironic since Cassie keeps saying over and over again that you can't trust anyone. Anyway, after all the hype I was just expecting more twists. I just didn't get the feel of this being a unique alien novel and I don't even read that many alien books. Also, it could be confusing at times, in a bad way, and too unbelievable even though "I know I'm reading a book and this isn't real." .
The Ugly: The ending was no good. The worst part about this is that I can't even tell you why it sucked so bad. Let's just say that if the ending is really going where I think it is then I won't be reading the next book. I mean come on...it is totally unnecessary and doesn't really make a lot of sense. Plus, it didn't leave me wanting more and didn't have a good set up for the next book. I'm keeping my fingers crossed though.
The Cover: I really liked it before I read the book and I loved it after. I think it works perfectly for this creepy book.
In the end I still say to give this book a shot. If you don't like it then you don't have to finish it, but so many other people have loved this book and just because I am not in that camp doesn't mean you won't be. I will say that this book kept me hooked and interested enough to keep me reading to the very end. That counts for something. So if you are a fan of aliens or survival books in general you will probably enjoy this.
** Thanks goodreads and Penguin for a free ARC of The 5th Wave. Receiving this did not affect my honest review.
My Rating 3/5