Book Challenge – January

Month 1! Month 1’s challenge was to pick a book made into a movie. My pick was The Fifth Wave, which comes out in a few days! It’s a trilogy, and I just started on book 2 – The Infinite.

Synopsis: 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.

After I read a book, I read the reviews. (Is that backwards? oh well) The negative reviews on this book seem to like the first half of the book and not the second half. I’m the opposite, I thought the first half was ok and the second half was much better.

It’s YA. Ya and Romance to me, are so heavily trope filled that it’s hard for me to take them much seriously. Especially when it comes to YA Paranormal or YA Sci-Fi. On a side note, I thought Thirteen Reasons Why was fantastic and original. Hopefully YA takes note and dishes out less trope and more awesome.

With that said, I actually enjoyed this book. It’s like The Host meets Hunger Games. (I said it was tropey, didn’t I?) There’s some major major plot holes in the story that bug me. It’s not like the type of plot hole where someone is injured in one part of the story but not the other. No, I mean plot hole as in a big stinking giant gaping hole right smack in the middle of the plot.

It’s hard to get past. Also, the whole teenagers save the world thing (back to trope) and adults are idiots. But I’m not the demographic and I distinctly remember thinking adults were idiots when I was a teenager. (not to be wildly disproven)

The writing was unique and I really hate to do this, but the style reminds me of how I wrote The Apocalypse. Seriously, read all my reviews – I NEVER compare my books to any of them. But I kept feeling very Apocalypse-y as I read this. I’m not sure if it’s a good thing – especially since at times I found the writing very jarring and almost confusing. (Now I’m questioning my own writing – of course). My only other issue with the book was the military depiction. It was cheesy. I really don’t think there was any military research done and that really bugs me. Mostly because if you’re writing to young readers, you should do them (and society) a favor and build in some accuracies.

Ok – but I still like the book. Overall, I enjoyed the story and got pretty creeped out. The author did a fantastic job of painting apocalyptic imagery. So good that I got depressed at times. The imagery is worth the entire story alone. At times, it was poetic. All in all, I recommend this as a read. I’m moving onto book 2 now and contemplating what I’ll read for next month’s challenge.

You can join the challenge any time! Just click here to read the challenge and don’t forget to share your January movie/book read in the comments!


The 5th Wave: The First Book of the 5th Wave Series

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