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Publisher Description

The 5th Wave meets Beauty and the Beast in this fast-paced and heart-stopping novel about an invasion of murderous creatures and one girl fighting for her life at the end of the world.

He has no voice or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn’t know the details of the mission, only the directives that hum in his mind.
Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall.

His job is to protect his Offside. Let her do the shooting.
Until a human kills her…

Sixteen-year-old Raven is at summer camp when the terrifying, armored Nahx invade. Isolated in the wilderness, Raven and her fellow campers can only stay put. Await rescue. Raven doesn’t like feeling helpless, but what choice does she have?

Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend.

Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world, Eighth and Raven should feel only hate and fear. But when Raven is injured, and Eighth deserts his unit, their survival comes to depend on trusting each other…

Young Adult
August 29
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Grades 9 and Above

Customer Reviews

taylor_D2L ,

A hidden gem of a book

I’ll be blunt; I didn’t have very high expectations for this story simply because the subject matter is not something which typically appeals to me, and I’ve read a few books recently that sounded similar but which I found quite disappointing. Well, color me floored, I absolutely adored this book.

This is about as far from the typical “girl-meets-alien-and-they-are-instantly-attracted-to-one-another” trope as you can get. The story is told through the eyes of Raven and Eighth, who begin on opposing sides of a brutal alien invasion. Their coming together goes about as well as you would expect, with Raven still struggling with the loss of her friends and boyfriend (perhaps her entire planet) at the hands of Eighth’s counterparts and Eighth himself seemingly at war with his own fractured mind. The story and it’s characters develop slowly and secrets are revealed bit by bit. Prendergast proves herself to be an excellent world builder with a knack for writing intelligent and ever evolving characters. I happily pre-ordered the sequel and cannot wait to see where this story goes!

RZirkle ,

A solid start to a great new series!

I enjoyed this book more than I could ever possibly express! Told from an alternating POV switching from Raven (human) to Eighth aka August (alien), readers can only follow along as the planet is overrun with Nahx invaders. They dart the humans and leave them where they fall. That is their singular mission. Except some of the humans aren't content to lie down and die. These humans search for survivors and plot how they can overcome the invaders.

So many things are explored here... How well do we really know our friends and those we claim to love? When hope seems lost, are you capable of pushing on in the face of what seems insurmountable? Can common ground be found with something that is "other" than human?

Eighth is more emotional than any killer alien has a right to be. Raven is at turns stronger and snottier than any human has a right to be. They are headed together toward a specific destiny, but whether there will be any survivors when they reach it remains to be seen...

I will say that a little ways out, I could see where the author was leading us. It did not detract from the story at all though and made me want to see how the threads were all wrapped up. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.

I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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