The 5th Wave
By Rick Yancey
Publication date: May 7, 2013
Putnam Juvenile, 480 pages
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.
— Goodreads.com description
I don’t know if you’ve heard me say this before, but I LOVE APOCALYPSE BOOKS.* And I love books that involve survival in the wilderness.
Add in an alien invasion and holy cow, you guys, The 5th Wave was stunning.
I was amazed by how well Rick Yancey melded multiple points together, weaving together the stories until the very went when — pow! wow! did that just happen!? — it all came together perfectly.
And how he made me questions everyone’s allegiances? Ack! So good! I love it in a book when you don’t know whether someone is good or bad. Oh, I smell another “Things I Like in Books” coming up!
The 5th Wave is one of my most highly recommended books of the year so far. You have to check this one out! A total wow. Now, who’s going to make this into a movie? Or, better yet, a TV show? Get on it, Hollywood!
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