How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.
Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.
Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.
Oh my goodness. This book drove me crazy, not in a bad way but in a “what kind of world is this?” way. This dystopian world is so friggin’ scary. I don’t want our world to become like this. It doesn’t comfort me if this is our future. Not much I can say in the non-spoilers section since this is the second book and anything I say could ruin the first book and this one, as well. All I can say is, I enjoyed the 5th Wave more than this one. Don’t get me wrong, this book was epic as well but there were less things going on in this book. This book was more thought provoking, though. There’s a lot of thinking and metaphors and your whole view on this trilogy (series?) changes.
This book was one, huge WTH
What the hell is going on in this hell-bent, mind-boggling, torturous, inhumane dystopian world?! I don’t even know where to start.
So….Ringer. This book mainly concentrated on Ringer. I absolutely LOVE Ringer. I love how her minds works and how it evaluates and questions everything. I freaking adore her. She raises a lot of questions that are so questionable. One of the main one I think has stuck with all of us is that this whole idea that this “alien invasion” might not even be an alien invasion. Maybe it was the government who manipulated people like Evan and Grace to think they’re alien through the 12th system which is like this software thing that can upgrade people to be stronger and faster. And that’s what they did to Ringer, she’s been “upgraded”. We don’t actually know if this theory is correct but it does kind of makes sense but I don’t want it to makes sense. If that is true then this whole hoax killed millions of people for nothing. Like I said, mind boggling.
Ringer also goes through this book, trying to wrap her head around metaphors like rats and a big fat rock. What is concluded is that we are the rats. The Others look at us like vermin who are destroying our world and so instead of living among us, they exterminate us so that they can live in our home without “vermin” destroying it. At the same time, Cassie has another theory that this whole alien invasion isn’t about exterminating us because they could’ve done that a lot faster and efficient with their technology. What this is about, is hate. The Others hate the humans. They’ve purposely planned these waves to suck the humanity out of us, to make us suffer. This theory also makes sense.
There’s so many questions and theories, that we look at this whole situation differently. What is actually going on?
Another WTH, moment is the fact that everyone is dying and extremely injured but they still manage to drag their asses up and fight. Lets look at example numero uno, Evan. He has a badly fractured ankle, he’s literally covered in 2nd degree burns, he’s been shot like everywhere but still, he can beat up Grace who is relentless and freaking scary and then can still drag himself to the Hotel meeting place. Let me quickly mention that I HATE Grace. She is overly hormonal, she is all over Evan, it’s weird and I just want to punch her Nordic blond face. Good thing that she’s dead.
Example numero duo is Ben, whose shot wound keeps bleeding because his stitches keep bursting open and still, he can get the whole gang together and beat up Evan. And Evan is a tough one to beat up. So many people almost die, then doesn’t die. And we go, WTH.
Poundcake’s death was saddening. We got that little section of his life story which was heart-wrenching and we understand now why he has decided not to talk. It is because his mother’s last words were shut up. The fact also that he lost his little brother was also just heart-breaking. RIP, Poundcake.
I’m also really confused with Ringer and Razor’s relationship. I totally ship them together. Razor’s her only friend, then he helps her escape, then betrays her, then looks after her, then urges her to run. What?! Did Razor die? I kept re-reading that paragraph and I’m not sure. Ringer’s part ends with her jumping out a window like a Die Hard movie but then it stops. Another WTH.
In conclusion, I WANT the third book. Is it going to end as a trilogy? Because I cannot think up any possible conclusion to this series, its mind-blowing and thought provoking. Anyway, another round of applause to Rick Yancy!