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I Give The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey a Grudging 4-Star

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m giving this one a grudging 4-star.

Technically, it’s got everything right and properly edited. But it feels “manufactured” and does not offer a whole lot of originality, other than the general premise of alien invasion waves.

You can also see that the publisher’s marketing objectives have reverse-engineered into the book’s content. They want to gouge into the fat and juicy market segment of young adults, and therefore the author is referring to sex as “do it,” just to cite an example.

My major disappointment is that the writing does not do justice to the premise — we are talking about the demise of several billion people on earth but there is just not enough raw feelings of despair and pains coming through the passages.

In addition, the author has chosen to narrate the major progressions of the story in present tense. That forces the narrative to be linear and sequential in those major development and does not accord the author the freedom of reflections and after-thought. When you tell a story in past tense, you can filter it through memory; and memory itself can be a product of experience, feelings and even medical conditions, thus making the regaling much more colorful.

In conclusion: would I spend $700K of my grandmother’s money to market this book like its publisher is doing?

Most likely not.

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