March Book Review: The 5th Wave and Solitaire

By Ellie White

Disclaimer: The following review may contain some spoilers revolving around the plot and background.

In these reviews I will rate the books in a starring system.

5/5 Stars: This book will land in my all-time favorite book list and you should stop what you are doing and read it, no matter what.

4/5 Stars: You should try to read it at some point in your free time.

3/5 Stars: If you are bored or going on a long trip, it might be fun to read.

2/5 Stars: I would not really bother unless you enjoy the author.

1/5 Stars: The book would make a better coaster for your Coke, than a book.

0/5 Stars: Congrats! You now have kindling! (just kidding, please do not burn books; just do not waste your money or your time with this one)!

The 5th Wave, by Rick Yancey, is a dystopian novel about an interesting cast of teenage characters dealing with teen angst and the apocalypse of all things.


The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey is about humanity dealing with the unbelievable war against aliens. This book primarily focuses on 16-year-old Cassie (Cassie for Cassiopeia) and her survival after the loss of both parents. The first thing you should know if you have seen the movie, is that the movie is pretty much garbage compared to the book. During the book, Cassie is on a quest to find her little brother Sammy. This is the main focus of the book along with the moral choices she must face along the way. The second main character calls himself Zombie, for reasons the reader will have to discover on his or her own. He is being trained by the army to, you guessed it, kill the aliens. His role in the book is providing the inside look at humanity last stand against the alien invaders. The plot of this book is fairly simply, but what made it enjoyable is seeing the different perspectives of the story, and thinking about the true definition of a human. This book is an interesting revisit of the alien invasion concept, blended perfectly with romance and adventure. My main issues with this book are the constant jump from each character’s perspective, because it’s not clear who is talking and the reader has to guess. The other issue is the romance feels incredibly forced. This is not a book for the faint of heart, as it features gruesome scenes and child soldiers. I would recommend this book if you are a sucker for dystopian novels and aliens. A thrilling book about humanity, rated 4/5 stars.

Solitaire, by Alice Oseman, is not a book for someone who likes developed characters and an interesting plot.


Solitaire by Alice Oseman is a book about a whiny teenager dealing with depression. Flat out. This book was also written by a teenager, so I can understand some plot holes or rambling, but the main character, named Tori, is incredibly judgmental and annoying. She is rude to the other characters in the book, who are supposed to be her friends, and they are absolutely fine with this. The saving grace of this book is how serious it takes itself on topics such as depression and LGBT issues. The main character is clearly depressed, however that is no excuse for being so pretentious. I understand that Oseman clearly wrote Tori to be brutal and honest, but she isn’t. She is just plain mean and acts like she is above the whole conflict of the book. The conflict is a group, called Solitaire, creating immature pranks in a high school, that are all about TORI, even though Tori believes “the world doesn’t revolve around her.” The whole mystery of the book is so obvious, and it focuses more on the fact that Tori is so “unique” and “damaged.” The plot isn’t interesting, and the best character ends up with the most selfish and annoying character in the book. This book just made me really angry; I would not recommend it to anyone. An offensive and generally boring book about a bratty teenager only deserves a rating of 2/5 stars.

Both the 5th Wave and Solitaire are available in the McNicholas Library. Do you have a book that you would like me to review? Please suggest it in the comments or send me an email via

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