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review 2017-09-18 18:14
The 5th Wave Series
The 5th Wave - Rick Yancey

This review is for all three books in the 5th Wave series. I liked the first book marginally better than the other two. I'm actually torn on this series and wonder if my enjoyment would have been a bit less if I hadn't just bailed on another series that was driving me nuts. Cassie was quite refreshing after the disappointment I was feeling from the other series! She was sarcastic in a way I enjoyed and she was strong for most of the series.

 

I didn't mind the Cassie and Even romance that developed in the series. Could it have worked without the romance? Probably. But what I took from it was that even in the darkest of times, when you couldn't really trust anyone, we still want to believe in love. We want to believe that it's possible for love to defy the odds. 

 

The romance I didn't get was the one between Zombie and Ringer. I just didn't get it. At all.

 

My biggest struggle throughout the entire series was that I just didn't really get it... I still don't fully understand why the aliens thought their approach was the best way to achieve their goal. And the actual goal is a bit sketchy too. There were parts that felt they were in there just for the shock factor or dramatic effect.

One example is the part where they turned the kids into bombs. It seemed the message the aliens were trying to send was that the humans couldn't trust anyone - yet no one survived the blast, so how would anyone else know what the aliens were doing to the children?

(spoiler show)

 

As a whole, the series was just OK for me. I'm glad I read it, but I had hoped to enjoy it much more than I did. 

 

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review 2017-07-16 12:35
Der letzte Stern
Der letzte Stern: Die fünfte Welle 3 - Roman (German Edition) - Thomas Bauer,Rick Yancey

Die erste Welle brachte die Dunkelheit, danach kamen die Zerstörung und der Tod. Die vierte Welle hat das Vertrauen der Menschen weggespült und nun steht zu guter Letzt die fünfte Welle am Programm.

„Der letzte Stern“ ist der Abschlussband von Rick Yanceys Trilogie um das Ende der Menschheit und wie sie von Aliens vernichtet wird. 

Menschen sind tot, Häuser sind zerstört, ganze Städte liegen als ausgebrannte Gerippe brach, und die Menschen bringen sich gegenseitig um, weil dein bester Freund, eigentlich dein Feind sein kann.

Mitten in diesem Inferno gibt es nur mehr wenige Überlebende. Cassie, Ben und Evan stellen sich dem Kampf gegen das Ende, auch wenn ihr eigenes Leben der Preis dafür ist.

Die Handlung ist grandios! Rick Yancey hat ein wahnsinnig komplexes, düsteres und exzellent durchdachtes Szenario erschaffen, dass an Perfidität kaum zu überbieten ist. Die Menschheit wird systematisch von der Erde getilgt und die Aliens scheinen tatsächlich an alles gedacht zu haben. Wie soll sie sich gegen die Vernichtung wehren, wenn sie sich niemals zusammenschließt? Die fünfte Welle naht und damit wird die Erde letztendlich den Anderen gehören …

Trotz der großartigen Handlung hat mich der Autor mit seinen vielen Perspektivenwechseln verwirrt. Einmal ist man Cassie, dann wieder Evan, ist mit Ringer unterwegs oder bekommt von einem fremden Priester die Welt erklärt - ich glaube damit hätte die Spannung angeheizt werden sollen, jedoch hat es bei mir stark den Lesefluss gehemmt.

Denn von den Figuren sind meinem Empfinden nach nur die Sichtweisen von Cassie und Evan wirklich gut ausgearbeitet. Sobald ein Abschnitt aus ihrer Perspektive erzählt wurde, wusste ich, mit wem ich es zutun hatte. Bei den anderen Charakteren war es mühsam, sich zu orientieren und sich zu erinnern, wie diese Person ins Gesamtbild passt. Es ist wirklich schwierig, den Überblick zu behalten, weil die Vielzahl an Figuren auch noch zwei unterschiedliche Namen hat. Damit hat sich der Autor meiner Meinung nach selbst ausgebremst und das Lesevergnügen deutlich beeinträchtigt.

Schon im Mittelband ist mir dieses Punching-Ball-Verfahren negativ aufgefallen. Ständig wird man von einer Perspektive zur anderen und von einer Figur zur nächsten geworfen, dabei auch noch im Kreis gedreht, bis man ganz wirr im Kopf vor der Gesamthandlung steht. Ich hätte mir gewünscht, dass Yancey zu seinem ausgezeichneten Stil aus dem 1. Band zurückfindet, was leider nicht der Fall gewesen ist.

Das Ende hat mich doch im positiven Sinn überrascht und ich habe mich gefreut, dass der Autor Nägel mit Köpfen macht. Es wird dramatisch, es wird brenzlig und spannend zugleich, wobei aber die meisten Geheimnisse schon im Mittelband gelüftet sind.

Ob man sich den Abschlussband wirklich gönnen soll, kann ich nicht beurteilen. Ich denke, wer den Mittelband mochte, sollte auch noch das Ende miterleben, weil es von der Handlung her schon lohnenswert ist. 

Alles in allem finde ich es schade, dass Rick Yancey durch den wirren Stil meistens die Spannung aus seinem großartigen Endzeit-Szenario nimmt. Ich hätte es gern mehr genossen und mich an die Seiten fesseln lassen, was leider durch die zu abwechslungsreiche Erzählweise nicht möglich war. 

 

Die Trilogie:
1) Die fünfte Welle [Rezension lesen]
2) Das unendliche Meer [Rezension lesen]
3) Der letzte Stern

Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.co.at
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review 2017-06-09 00:35
Flat characters and no logic
DC Super Hero Girls FCBD 2017 Special Edition (2017-) #1 - Shea Fontana,Monica Kubina,Yancey Labat

Why are Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy in a superhero school?  I don't know.   Some villains are still villains and some aren't.   Harley Quinn in particular seems an... odd choice.  Popular, yes, but it just seems odd to include her, especially since they defang her completely.   She's the class clown, smart, but doesn't seem to have a mean bone in her body.   Poison Ivy will do anything to protect her plants, but doesn't seem to hate humanity at all. 

 

Why?

 

And the characters all seem flat, and furthermore nothing like they really are.   This is a cute story and some of the things it teaches - like friendship and being honest is good - are told in a fun way.   I think it's a pretty good thing for younger kids, but it's just annoying that they betray the characterizations like this.   They might as well have used original characters at this point - although that wouldn't have the name recognition.   That gets more children reading this, which has good lessons for children, so it serves its purpose - and also seems like a grab for cash with all the dolls and stuff that really only teach kids about buying things.  

 

So, eh, conflicted, so two and a half stars. 

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review 2017-02-27 18:05
Rick Yancey: The 5th Wave
The 5th Wave - Rick Yancey

Rick Yancey has a lesson for the people of Earth, an invasion is coming and they are going to use any mean necessary to take Earth:
 
The first wave was darkness, they took away electricity; The second wave they used mother nature against humans; The third wave a plague where only a few survived; The fourth wave you cannot trust anyone but no one was prepared for the fifth. Cassie was one of the "lucky" ones most of her family was able to survive the waves but not everyone made it. Now with her brother and father they make their way through the world to a camp where everything is about to change.
 

I will admit that I watch the movie before I read this book, so I knew basically how things were going to play out and true to form there were things in the book that did not make it to the movie, but overall I think that the movie was a fairly good representation of the book. It was an interesting premise and I how smart the Aliens were in their approach to eliminating the human, really I cannot think of better ways in the end. Although, typical that the invading species underestimates the other.
 
I never felt really attached to any of the character like I think Yancey wants you to be. I will say that Cassie was the biggest disappointment for me. I did not mind Cassie in the beginning, I actually thought that she was going to be the strong female lead in this book, but I could not be more wrong. The further I read in the book I found she became a weaker character, she relied way too much on Evan and went against her gut feeling too many times. She does have some redeeming qualities in that she is loyal to a fault especially towards her brother and she does have times of bravery, but the whole middle portion of the book really just had her portrayed as a weaker character. Overall, she was not the strong female protagonist that I wanted her to be.
 
This leads me to the wish that there was a point of view from Ringer as she is who I wanted Cassie to be. She is tough, at time ruthless and smart enough to know there is more going on and she does not second guess her gut like Cassie does. She also has a compassionate side that is under played at times due to the situation but you can see that it is there.

Although I liked the Alien invasion aspect of the this book, I really could not get invested in any of the main characters in any way. So I do not think at this time that I would continue on with this series, although I might consider it if the next book had Ringer point of view.
 
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text 2017-02-13 23:19
Week 6 of 2017
"Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights?" (All the Wrong Questions) - Lemony Snicket,Seth
The Bad Beginning - Brett Helquist,Lemony Snicket,Michael Kupperman
The Reptile Room - Brett Helquist,Lemony Snicket,Michael Kupperman
The Wide Window - Brett Helquist,Lemony Snicket,Michael Kupperman
The Miserable Mill - Brett Helquist,Lemony Snicket,Michael Kupperman
The Austere Academy - Michael Kupperman,Lemony Snicket,Brett Helquist
The League of Frightened Men - Rex Stout
Too Many Cooks - Rex Stout
The Final Descent - Rick Yancey

This post is a little late this week. We were without internet since Sunday morning after a truck driver came through and took out a cable.

 

Books Read: 9

 

"Why is This Night Different From All Other Nights?": This is the last book in the All Wrong Questions series and just like A Series of Unfortunate Events, it doesn't end on a positive note. 4 stars.

 

The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, The Wide Window, The Miserable Mill, The Austere Academy: After finishing the All the Wrong Questions series I had to go and start reading this series again. I didn't realize it had been so long until I looked at my shelf on Booklikes. This is one of those series that I could read over and over again. I will say as much as I enjoy this series, I find that it doesn't really pick up until the fifth book The Austere Academy, though the preceding four books are still enjoyable. 4 stars for The Bad Beginning. 5 stars for the other four.

 

The League of Frightened Men, Too Many Cooks: Two more Nero Wolfe books and two more re-reads, I really am trying to cut down on re-reading. I'm actually enjoying these more the second time around and I'm curious how I'll rate the other books in this  series as I work my way through. 4 1/2 stars.

 

The Final Descent: This is the final book in The Monstrumologist series and I have to say, I don't think I have ever been so disappointed in a series ending (excluding Sherlock Season 4, I'm just pretending it never happened and hoping for another season). The author warns the reader going in that the format of this final book is quite different than the others, but it was still annoying. The ending itself was just ... I knew it was headed in that direction from the previous book, but I was just so unsatisfied in the ending. 1 star.

 

Ongoing Reads: 2

 

The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Reveled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime: This book is quite interesting, but it's a slow read as well. I'm stuck reading this book only at home because my co-workers, who have never previously taken an interest in what I read, insist on coming over and asking a million questions about it. Aargh!

 

Champagne For One: Another Nero Wolfe book and I actually finished it Sunday morning, but it didn't seem right to count it in the previous weeks tally.

 

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