"Remarkable, not-to-be-missed-under-any-circumstances."—Entertainment Weekly (Grade A)
The Passage meets Ender's Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey.
After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.
Now, it's the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother--or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.
"Wildly entertaining . . . I couldn't turn the pages fast enough."—Justin Cronin, The New York Times Book Review
"A modern sci-fi masterpiece . . . should do for aliens what Twilight did for vampires."—USAToday.com
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Sixteen-year-old Cassie Sullivan has boy problems: Did her high school crush survive the alien invasion? Is her new boyfriend human…or something else entirely? Okay, so these aren't the usual teen issues, but The 5th Wave isn’t your typical YA novel. We’re not surprised the first book in Rick Yancey’s sci-fi survival trilogy has already been made into a movie. It’s a twisty, turn-y, can’t-put-it-down saga with all the key elements of a blockbuster: love, death, sacrifice, suspense, explosions, and a very memorable hair-washing scene.
Yancey makes a dramatic 180 from the intellectual horror of his Monstrumologist books to open a gripping SF trilogy about an Earth decimated by an alien invasion. The author fully embraces the genre, while resisting its more sensational tendencies (rest assured, though, there are firefights and explosions aplenty). A rare survivor of the invasion, 16-year-old Cassie, armed with an M16 rifle and her younger brother's teddy bear, is trying to reunite with her brother and escape the "Silencer" (assassin) trying to kill her. Meanwhile, 17-year-old "Zombie," an unwitting military recruit, is facing a crisis of conscience. The story's biggest twists aren't really surprises; the hints are there for readers to see. Yancey is more interested in examining how these world-shaking revelations affect characters who barely recognize what their lives have become. As in the Monstrumologist series, the question of what it means to be human is at the forefront in the words of cartoonist Walt Kelly, "We have met the enemy and he is us." It's a book that targets a broad commercial audience, and Yancey's aim is every bit as good as Cassie's. Ages 14 up.
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Great read, odd non-ending....
Had I known this was a prequel or part of a saga, I wouldn't be so disappointed. I loved the writing style and story but it ends -- in my opinion -- in the middle. I hate reading books like this without forewarning because it takes me back to my Harry Potter-salivating-with-anticipation days! Had I known this I would have waited before biting into the first book, giving the author time to catch up with my Need to Know More syndrome. It's a really good read...just disappointed with the non-conclusive ending. If its Part I, no problem. But then please call it Part I!
The 5th Wave
Interesting but ending leaves you hanging.
I'm blown away and begging for more. Even though I just finished it, I'll probably start reading it again right away. The review that led me to read the book in the first place compared it to Ender's Game; high praise in my book as a former English teacher. It didn't disappoint. The writing style is refreshing, using references that clearly speak to the current generation, never failing to point out the ironic humor that arises even during trying times. I'd strongly recommend it to anyone.