Fifth Wave invades teen entertainment

Aliens. Are they real? Are they not real? Do they exist inside each one of us?

The increasingly famous book and movie, “The 5th Wave,” bring these questions to mind.

Both are about a teenage girl, Cassie Sullivan, who survives an alien apocalypse and tries to find her missing brother. “The 5th Wave” is filled with action and romantic intrigue, and it has a fairly interesting plot line. The cool thing about the book was how the author, Rick Yancey, switched perspectives in how the story was being told. The story is being told from Cassie’s point of view, as almost the last human on earth, and then suddenly it’s being told from the point of view of Ben Parish, a teenage boy who also survived the apocalypse, but is going through entirely different struggles as he is being trained to fight the alien invaders.

Now, the movie adaptation was very similar to the book; however, there were some parts that were left out of the movie, but didn’t affect the plot in any way. I would even go as far to say that the parts left out of the movie helped to make it even better than the book.

I thought that in the book, Cassie’s character was very relatable at first, but she quickly progressed to being an over-emotional, fickle, rude, annoyingly sensitive character who I genuinely didn’t like. Her relationship with disturbingly-protective farm boy Evan Walker was ridiculously unrealistic  the way it was written. I wanted to skip the parts where Cassie was narrating. I don’t know if Yancey meant for her to be a slightly unlikeable character or if he just accidentally over-emphasized her most human and annoying aspects, but either way, her unlikeability kind of lessened my enjoyment of the book.

And yet, in the movie, Cassie was a lot better developed than in the book, and she really was an inspiring and fiercely determined girl just trying to find her brother.

The way that the story was told by all of the different viewpoints was weird in the book. It wasn’t told in chronological order, like most books. The book started off kind of in the middle of everything that was happening, and the characters basically told you what had happened before then through flashbacks. The movie was told in this way as well; however, it worked better in the film than in the novel.

Overall, the plot of the book was very interesting and well-developed, but some elements of the author’s writing style weren’t very appealing to me. The movie was very enjoyable and was not overly long. It was also an interesting and new production of Hollywood. It was intriguing and made me interested in watching the sequel to “The 5th Wave” instead of reading it.