The Worst Book of 2013
I saw this book on a lot of people’s lists on Friday. And I’m probably going to get some flack for saying this, but The 5th Wave is probably one of the worst books I read in 2013.
I fell for the hype and by the end of the book, I was mad. The book was big right around my birthday in August and I picked up a sampler and had to read more. So I got a copy of the book…from the local library thankfully. I was so disappointed. It was a totally predicable plot with revolving narrators that were barely distinguishable from each other. The 5th Wave took all the latest YA crazes and mashed them together unsuccessfully.
I’ve read The Passage (which I didn’t like) and by the end of last year, I had finally read Ender’s Game (which I did like). I can see how this book is like The Passage for teens, but I have no clue how the book is ANYTHING on the level of Ender’s Game. I mean yes, there are some similarities (kids fighting aliens), but Orson Scott Card does a better job of showing the psychological games and its affects on young people than Yancey does.
Other books that didn’t rank high on my list:
- Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
- Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
- Free Four: Tobias Tells a Story by Veronica Roth
- Chick Unravel Time: Women Journey Through Every Season of Doctor Who Multiple Editors
- The Minute by Aaron Dietz (review posted last month).
What’s the worst book you read in 2013?