The 5th Wave - Rick Yancey Yancey paints a world that is devastated He somehow leaves the character and the reader hope. There were many chapters where I had to stop reading because I was crying, or I needed to think more about what I had just read. This book was entertaining, heart-stopping, and fast-paced, but inside these pages it also held a love letter to the human condition. This is THE YA book of 2013, and I am so glad it lives up to the hype.