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The 5th Wave

by Rick Yancey

Putnam Juvenile | May 7, 2013 | Hardcover

The 5th Wave is rated 4.1765 out of 5 by 17.
"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

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 480 pages, 9.33 × 6.32 × 1.5 in

Published: May 7, 2013

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0399162410

ISBN - 13: 9780399162411

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's the alien apocalypse! A great read! The aliens have come to claim Earth, and through a series of planned waves of destruction, humans start to lose hope and their lives. The first wave consists of shutting down their power, making their electronics and means of communication useless. Earthquakes and tsunamis were wave two. For wave three, the aliens used birds to spread disease among the humans to decease their population more rapidly. Then there came the Silencers, alien agents in human bodies, who were assigned to hunt down the remaining humans in the fourth wave. In the novel The 5th Wave, readers find out what the aliens have planned next for humanity. The story is written in first-person through several characters? points-of-view, but primarily between two protagonists, Cassie and Ben. Some authors who choose to tell their story this way don?t execute it well, and I find myself wanting to skip some characters? chapters to get to the ones I favour more. But, Yancey does an excellent job using this method. Every time there was a shift in perspectives I always wanted to learn more from the character, but was eager to get back to the other character too. During one moment in particular, it created a perfect and heart wrenching episode of tension. While I love that the heroine, Cassie, takes center stage during most of the story, I feel like she didn?t have much character growth. She felt like the same girl from beginning to end. The only way you get a sense that she grew as a person was through a series of flashbacks, from shy school girl to cautious survivor. Most of the time, I felt like Cassie was telling me how things happened rather than Yancey showing readers. I believe I would have had a better sense of any character growth if I had gone on the same journey with the characters, experiencing each wave and their losses. Complete Review: http://feistylittlewoman.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/review-the-5th-wave/
Date published: 2014-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I couldn't stop reading! I loved it. This was my first Rick Yancey book and from the first page I fell in love with the writing style of this book. I was humorous, the way the main character, Cassie would speak about the alien invasion was like a over hyped book. Everyone was talking about it and she was going on with life as if the "hovercraft" weren't watching them. Going into this book I didn't know anything other than it's supposed to be a book about aliens, which would be the first book I read about aliens and it was great. The 5th Wave has opened the door for me to try out more alien books. Without telling you much about the plot, lets just say this is more than just about aliens and I loved that Cassie is the main character giving us a female protagonist as strong and independent as her to fight aliens and defend humanity. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars even though I loved it just because coming close to the end I felt it starting to drag a little bit. The book was full of action and kept you guessing then we hit 100 pages left and I was starting to loose interest but pushing through 50 more pages the book went back to action packed and ended great for the sequel. I would definitely recommend this book if you enjoy Sci-Fi or wanting to get into Sci-Fi. I wouldn't let the size of the book to intimidate you because it's easy to read and the pacing keeps you wanting to read more.
Date published: 2014-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After The 5th Wave has received plenty of hype and advertising, and my biggest concern when I began reading it was that it was undeserved. And while this first book in a new series wasn't quite what I anticipated it to be, I was enjoyed it so much and I truly believe that all this hype is well-deserved. The 5th Wave reads like a great introductory book to science fiction and apocalyptic tales, because it's set in a world so very similar to ours just with an alien invasion taking place. But surprisingly, I didn't feel like that was the entire focus of the story which made it an even greater novel. Reasons to Read: 1. A fresh take on aliens and the end of the world: I typically enjoy reading stories in an apocalyptic setting, and I'm always intrigued by aliens because they always freak me out a little bit. I loved that Rick's aliens aren't your standard martian fare. They're eerie and disturbing, but also seem very plausible. It really struck me how real this story felt, which lends to its horrifying nature. And I appreciate that he used aliens to bring about the end of the world in The 5th Wave, because I love zombies and natural disasters but it's nice to read something different too. 2. A heartbreaking story of survival: Cassie is kinda like a more cynical, sarcastic Katniss. It's a fair comparison. I loved her sense of humour, which stood out even at the worst of times, and you could really tell how much heart and inner strength she has from her story. But her life is filled with so much tragedy and such difficult challenges, I can't even imagine being in her place. It really helped me connect with the book though, and I think reflected some of the more thoughtful aspects of the book. 3. Something for every reader: You want action? There's PLENTY of that. Crazy fight scenes. Tense excitement through the entire. darn. book. Teensy bit of romance? Just enough to appeal to those who love it, and distract readers from all the depressing deaths and dismal future. Super BIG secrets and plot twists? I kept trying to guess and I couldn't keep up! There are plenty of shockers, but they fit so well with the story. Plus there are a number of different characters featured, all different from each other and you're bound to find one you relate to or just prefer reading about. 4. Strong character relationships: I've noticed recently that one of my favourite things to read about in books are sibling relationships. I seem to connect really well with them, and I appreciated that Cassie's relationship with her brother was one of the driving plot lines in The 5th Wave. And to me, The 5th Wave is really about our relationships with other people and community more than anything else and that's why I found the book to be so striking. It's a struggle to connect with others, because of the setting, and it becomes increasingly obvious how terribly lonely this is for the characters. And how it just might very well be their downfall.  I had a harder time with Evan as a character though, and I struggled with how conflicted my feelings were towards him. I have to admit I was always completely intrigued by him, although I didn't find him to be terribly surprising and I really hope we see more development for him in the next book. He was the kind of character I really wanted to like, and at times I did but there were others when I was skeptical... He's just a seriously complicated guy. And honestly, the book wasn't as scary as I had anticipated. It's dark and very disturbing, but it didn't thrill me the way I expected. That may not be such a bad thing, but I just didn't expect such an introspective type of read when I picked it up.  But this is still exactly the kind of book I've been saying I want to see in the YA genre for a while now, and the release of this book is just so timely for where my tastes currently are in literature. I love creepy and exciting, and I love that Rick Yancey is such a talented author to pen this book. ARC received from Penguin Canada for review; no other compensation was received.
Date published: 2014-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page Turner i found this book a real page turner and different from other apocalyptic books... only disappointment is the end which was a bit anti-climactic and left loose ends... however, i understand that there will be a sequel which i look forward to...
Date published: 2014-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The next best trilogy This book is somewhere in between The Host, The Hunger Games & The walking Dead!  It is written from the main characters perspective & is suspenseful & has a touch of romance in it.  It was really easy to read & I had a hard time putting it down to do anything else.  If you like dystopian Science Fiction novels, read this, you won't be disappointed. I can't wait for the next book to come out & to see the movie when it's made!
Date published: 2014-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! Ok, i'm not usually one to like books about aliens, but this ibook was amazing! I was hooked and couldn't stop reading. I like it that they didn't really give the aliens a true form, that way it didn't sound stereotypical or the opposite or whatever. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!!!!
Date published: 2013-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT BOOK READ IT!!!!! 
Date published: 2013-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Will Keep You on the Edge of Your Seats! Now this is the perfect book that will grab your attention! In this amazing novel by Rick Yancey, this book will either shock you or make you want to have the next book in your hands. When I got to read an advance copy of this book I was so excited because I heard amazing things about this book. It had everything I loved: Science Fiction, Romance, and Action. Rick Yancey really know how to grab your attention with his characters and plot. This is a book you MUST Buy!! In The 5th Wave Aliens have invaded earth and has left only 3% of the population left. One of the lucky ones was sixteen year old Cassie. She went through all Four Waves and is trying to stay alive. The one thing Cassie goes on is the promise to her little brother Sammy to come and find him. Then after an encounter with an assassin, Cassie meets Evan Walker who saves her and helps her regain her health. He is an interesting character himself since he has so many secrets and he could also help Cassie find her little brother. These aliens are for sure the most destructive and they will definitely catch your attention while reading. All this adrenaline while reading was making me go crazy since I was a bit confused with the many point of views but each one is important because of the things that are beginning to happen during the book. Cassie is a really tough character who many can identify with from the beginning. When she meets Evan, a lot of interesting things happen and you couldn't help falling in love with him since he can be so lovable. Evan is another strong character who is strong and shy but dont under estimate him since he does have secrets of his own. The secondary characters also make an impression since we follow Sammy (Cassie's little brother) and also a leader where Sammy is being held. These characters have a lot to say since they go through a lot of training and many other things. Poor Sammy. I really did like the ending since it left you wonder what is going to happen after so much has been revealed. Rick Yancey knows how to grab your attention with this high thriller and making us wonder what will happen next. This book was exciting and flawless. It was one rollercoaster ride that I never wanted to get off since all the twists and turns have you on the edge of your seats. To even wonder what was going on I had to re-read some parts because I did not believe this was happening. I need the next book immediately!! 2014 hurry !!
Date published: 2013-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Sci-fi I've read many books which take place within dystopian worlds with strong heroines/heroes who inevitability save the world from destruction, but I must say, I was pleasantly surprised with this novel. There are many things that really stuck out to me, including the interesting plot line and good character developments. [Spoilers Ahead] Cassie starts off as your typical teenage girl who has found herself living in a chaotic world where humanity is no longer a thing of existence, or at least, this is what she initially believes. Aliens have threatened to invade Earth and in doing so, have destroyed most of the world's population in the form of attacks known as waves. These waves start off small and progressively grow to the point where billions of people are killed in the process. Trust is something that is not known to survivors. Trust no one and you spare yourself the chance of being killed. Emotions cannot get in the way of survival, and Cassie continues on believing this until her brother, Sammy, is taken away and her father is killed. With no one to care for, Cassie begins a journey to find her brother, but she ends up being caught in a troubling situation that ultimately leads her to meet Evan. Cassie and Evan work together to find her brother Sammy who is being held in a military base known as Camp Haven, along with other young children and teenagers. But this camp is no haven, it is dangerous and cruel. Another main character is Ben Parish, Cassie's believed to be long lost crush. He is also being held at Camp Haven, where he crosses paths with Cassie's younger brother, Sammy. The deeper Ben delves into this world that is Camp Haven, the more he begins to learn about the dangers of it. He must work with his friends to reverse the chaos and make the world liveable once again. Having this story told from the perspective of both Cassie and Ben, provides the reader with two interesting stories, and this makes the 5th Wave that much more exciting! (Sammy also has a few parts of his own, although they are limited). Overall, I highly recommend this novel for readers who are interested in a stories of mystery, suspense and romance. 5/5!
Date published: 2013-07-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not my favourite I love sci fi, but this didn't thrill me. It came highly recommended by teacher librarian friends of mine, so I was disappointed. I did like the twist about what the 5th wave was, although I did figure it out. I was glad I read it in paper rather than as an ebook as I kept going back to figure out what the different waves were. I can't really express why I didn't like it - which is of no help to you, but I wouldn't recommend it.
Date published: 2013-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Action packed invasion story The first wave knocked out the power, the second wave drowned the coastlines, and the third wave released a deadly plague. The 5th Wave opens in the middle of the fourth wave which sees our merry band of survivors being separated from their loved ones. Told in alternating perspectives, the reader gets to see the invasion and resulting war from all sides as the characters prepare for the as yet unidentified fifth wave and there are enough twists and turns that had me second guessing who the bad guys were. Only weak spot was the romance which was underdeveloped and felt a little forced. Its the first in a planned trilogy, however, this installment tied up enough loose ends to keep me satisfied.
Date published: 2013-06-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from first half really good.... but i found the ending rushed. things were left open in the air although maybe it is suppose to be that way. great characters and development- cassie, nugget, zombie povs when you find out what the 5th wave is....pretty scary. i like the sci-fi dystopian mix. i thought the book was going to go a completely different way. i was probably use to the typical plot lines, but turns out to be something different and you will like it.
Date published: 2013-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different From What I expected... It was different from what I expected. I thought the overall Idea was amazing but I thought that the plot was just a little too fast and a little confusing with who was telling the story during that moment. But it got better and there could have been some more detail in some areas but the plot events were really good.I thought that they were totally different from things I've read and the characters were just amazing too. There were things that you normally wouldn't see in a person clearly and even though it wasn't realistic, it was still nice to see that. Really good and I thought the Idea was a really cool one. :)
Date published: 2013-05-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Better alternatives out there. First of all, I had a little laugh, looking at how many to people immediately marked The Monstrumologist as to-read, once they finished off with this book. Let me spoil the fun, by saying that book is not like this book. That book was an eye (haha) opening experience, and left me thinking while I laid down to sleep every night. That book was perfection, and this was a little sub-par. I never expected to give this book less that five-sparkly stars. I mean, come on, it's RICK YANCEY. The Monstrumologist is one of my all-time favourite books and Will Henry remains one of my all-time favourite book characters. I can see the appeal of this book and I understand why most people LOVE this book, but in my opinion, there are better books out there that offer more intensity, more betrayals and more heartbreak. The two books/series I am talking about is the Chaos Walking trilogy and Ender's Game. First, I would like to talk about what makes the Chaos Walking trilogy a better substitute: A: It offers superior alternating POVs, switching between male and female. When Patrick Ness ends one of the perspectives, he stops at somewhere that leaves you thinking, and you almost have to put the book down and reflect on life for a good five minutes. I think that occurred a couple of times throughout The 5th Wave, but most of the other times, it stops at a cliffhanger. Cliffhangers are great and they gets your heart pumping, but that is quickly sputtered out by the other POV, which is in its build-up phase. That excitement inflicted by the cliffhanger is sent into hyperpolarization, which is a term used to describe neurons in our brain. It basically means my feelings for this spiked, an now, as I see a new POV is beginning and it is in its build-up phase, I get bored. My feelings about whatever exciting just happened, drops. It drops below even the boredom of the incoming POV. Because I know I have to sit through ~30 pages before I get back to that cliffhanger. Pretend the Resting Membrane potential is me reading, and something exciting happens and action potential occurs, but the disconnection of the POVs puts me in to a screeching halt and drop into hyperpolarization. This is the exact reason why I steered away from A Game of Thrones. The anticipation dies after George R. R. Martin goes through about 15 other characters (exaggeration) before coming back to the one I was really excited about. B: The enemy seems more invincible. I know Rick put a lot of effort into making the Others appear powerful and destructive, but I never really felt like that last drop of hope evaporated. I loved how devastated Chaos Walking made me feel, every time something bad happened. (DARN YOU MAYOR PRENTISS!) It's the same way the Joker makes his readers feel. You feel like the Joker is always a step ahead, and no matter how hard the Batman tried, he'll always be behind the curtains, unable to get a full view of the Joker's plans. I really wanted to get frustrated, and have my heart pulled out of my chest, yet it never really happened. Now, moving on to why Ender's Game was better written. I admit, I don't really have that much of a problem with this part, as I did with the halting POVs; I just felt like rooting for Ender more. Whatever hardship happens in The 5th Wave, I never really felt sympathetic of them, and they go through a lot of crap. Life is hard for them, yet I never connected with any of the characters. That was my biggest problem. Lastly, I want to address Cassie. Every other review seem to raves about her: how tough she is, how she is such a badass, and how much she cares about her little brother (this is good, other two points, not so much). I am a little bit tired for characters being labelled as tough, when all they are is stubborn and sassy (and a little bit whiney). There is too much physical toughness in YA female characters, and while that is great, we can't forget mental toughness. I think being clever and cunning is even better. When someone you don't completely trust tries to help you, I get your hesitation. But, can we not go through the whole "I didn't your help because I am not a damsel in distress" thing? That just shows rudeness and how stubborn you are. Instead, try and act nice, and thankful. If they are trying to play you, play them back. Keep them guessing what your true intent is, and be tough mentally. That is what I want to see in a female character. Someone who is witty, cunning and deceptive. (Another reason why Chaos Walking is the Crème de la crème). I would like to thank Cersei Lannister, Margaery Tyrell, Diana Ladris 1.0 and Mistress Coyle for being cunning b*tches who played people like puppets. tldr; This book was a subdued lovechild of the intense Chaos Walking trilogy and Ender's Game.
Date published: 2013-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Terrifying Invasion Story Pros: horrifying invasion story, believable protagonists, compelling story / Cons: / For Parents: some swearing, kissing, the violence isn't graphic but there are child soldiers, executions, and murder / Cassie has survived the first 4 waves of the alien invasion: light's out, surf's up, pestilence and the silencer. Seven billion people didn't, including her mother and father. Her five year old brother was taken away in the 4th wave. Now she waits for the 5th wave and the courage to keep the promise she made to her brother, that she'd come after him. / This is a brutal invasion story. These aliens know how to wipe out humanity and do so in sweeping waves, each more destructive than the last. Through Cassie's eyes we learn about the 4 previous waves, and through her eyes, and those of a few other characters, we slowly learn what the 5th and final wave is. / There's a fair amount of violence, particularly when the child soldiers come into the picture. But it's violence that serves a purpose and isn't graphically portrayed. This is a book that questions humanity. What will humans do to survive? What makes you human in the first place? The book doesn't answer these questions, making it a great jumping point for discussion. / The characters are believable, falling apart under the pressures of the new world and picking themselves up again because doing otherwise means death. This makes the book difficult to put down. The writing is intense and while you may see the revelation that is the 5th wave coming, it doesn't stop it from being horrifying in its implications. / The ending is very tense, though I'm not sure I believe the kids could accomplish everything they do, and it ignores the larger picture. But it does give a good closure for the book. / I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2013-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A heart pounding read So you may have heard of this book by now. It is the YA book of the spring. Everyone is talking about it. And with good reason. The 5th Wave has been compared to The Walking Dead, The Hunger Games, The Road, The Passage, Ender’s Game….The list goes on and on. Is it similar to any/all of these titles? Yes. Will knowing that in any way prepare you for what you are about to read? Absolutely not. The 5th Wave is one of those action packed, edge of your seat reads. I was so absorbed in this book I couldn’t do anything else until I was done reading. It consumed me. And when I wasn’t reading I was constantly thinking about the book. It made my heart race and it made me genuinely afraid of alien attacks. Seriously. This is how we’re going to die. These aliens were so direct, so cold and calculating. Each different wave was a completely plausible event. No techno babble or science fiction fantasies. No nonsense. Think of all those terrible monsters throughout science fiction history. The Daleks. The Borg. These aliens are that level of terrifying. They will stop at nothing to achieve their ultimate goal – total alienation of our species. In the middle of all that fear however I really fell in love with Cassie. I thought she was an incredibly complex character. She was brave. Braver than I could ever be. But she wasn’t invincible or fearless. She was scared for her life and nervous about trusting anyone. More than once she considers hiding/running. But these fears make her stronger because they are motivated by the love she has for her family rather than self interest. In a way she reminded me of Katniss. She was brave and held herself together pretty well, but her concern and fear for the safety of her family was her central motivator. When I started reading I didn’t realize the book was going to shift perspectives. I was perfectly happy just reading about things from Cassie’s point of view. But I like multiple perspectives. I like looking at stories from different angles and seeing how a particular event (or series of events) effects people differently. And I think Yancey’s choice to go that route for The 5th Wave was a smart one. I do think however that the perspectives that weren’t Cassie were a little under developed. Those sections were shorter and snappier and you just didn’t connect with those characters in the same way. They were still captivating and had me hanging out to their every word but they weren’t as fleshed out as I would have liked. Above all I loved all the questions this book asked about humanity itself. What makes someone human? Is it simply biological or is it something deeper? Something more abstract? And when it comes time for humanity to make its last stand will we stand together or will fear get the better of us? Recommendation: A fantastic edge of your seat ride that will have you watching the sky for our inevitable invasion. Easily one of the best alien adventures I have ever read. This and other reviews at More Than Just Magic (http://morethanjustmagic.org)
Date published: 2013-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is one great sci-fi book! Cassie feels like she’s the last person in the world. Her parents are gone, and all she has left her little brother who is counting on her. She’s been alone for so long she doesn’t remember what interacting with another human feels like until she meets Evan Walker who ultimately rescues her from herself. Together, they go on a journey to fight Them and take back what is rightfully theirs.. Their own lives. The book starts off slow, but it picks up speed and it never stops. Oh boy, it doesn’t stop at all. This is one book that will have you reading the entire 480 pages in one sitting. It’s that epic! The 5th Wave is a wonderful story full of survival, heartache romance, action and adventure. The plot is simple, and the characters are overly complex and developed. That is why I’m in love with this book. You know exactly what Cassie wants, but Rick doesn’t let you off that easy. There are twists and turns that you didn’t even see coming. I like how it’s the end of the world and Cassie still carries books around! Shows how much of a BO-OK NERD she is ). What’s not to love about the characters in this one? Cassie is one heroine to watch. She is incredibly intelligent, strong and also completely vulnerable when love comes into her life. That’s also what makes her completely relatable. She also talks a lot about how she thinks God abandons her and some of the best quotes were from these thoughts. That’s not to say the other characters fall flat. Evan and even some other secondary characters are also one of my favourites just because you feel so emotionally connected to these characters. (It’s set in multiple viewpoints which I wished were more clear cut because I didn’t even notice it changed. Here’s to hoping that the finished copies will address this issue). This one book that will put the Hunger Games to shame for its sheer emotional character development, fast-paced action and a simple but true plot that I’m highly recommending this to everyone I know. Seriously. Characters Incredibly detailed character personalities. Love them all. Pacing/Length Slow start but then it picks up fast. The length is long but I didn’t care after a while. Cover/Design One word. LOVE! Plot Simple survival story, but Cassie’s journey is what makes this novel epic in my eyes! Overall, if you like survival stories, multiple viewpoints and aliens, then this book is for you.
Date published: 2013-05-06

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The 5th Wave

by Rick Yancey

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 480 pages, 9.33 × 6.32 × 1.5 in

Published: May 7, 2013

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0399162410

ISBN - 13: 9780399162411

About the Book

"The Passage" meets "Ender's Game" in an epic new series from an award-winning author. On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker.

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  1   ALIENS ARE STUPID. I’m not talking about real aliens. The Others aren’t stupid. The Others are so far ahead of us, it’s like comparing the dumbest human to the smartest dog. No contest. No, I’m talking about the aliens inside our own heads. The ones we made up, the ones we’ve been making up since we realized those glittering lights in the sky were suns like ours and probably had planets like ours spinning around them. You know, the aliens we imagine, the kind of aliens we’d like to attack us, human aliens. You’ve seen them a million times. They swoop down from the sky in their flying saucers to level New York and Tokyo and London, or they march across the countryside in huge machines that look like mechanical spiders, ray guns blasting away, and always, always, humanity sets aside its differences and bands together to defeat the alien horde. David slays Goliath, and everybody (except Goliath) goes home happy. What crap. It’s like a cockroach working up a plan to defeat the shoe on its way down to crush it. There’s no way to know for sure, but I bet the Others knew about the human aliens we’d imagined. And I bet they thought it was funny as hell. They must have laughed their asses off. If they have a sense of humor . . . or asses. They must have laughed the way we laugh when a dog does something totally cute and dorky. Oh, those cute, dorky humans! They think we think like they do! Isn’t that ado
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From the Publisher

"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

About the Author

Rick Yancey (www.rickyancey.com) is the author of the New York Times bestseller The 5th Wave, The Infinite Sea, several adult novels, and the memoir Confessions of a Tax Collector. His first young-adult novel, The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, was a finalist for the Carnegie Medal. In 2010, his novel, The Monstrumologist, received a Michael L. Printz Honor, and the sequel, The Curse of the Wendigo, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. When he isn''t writing or thinking about writing or traveling the country talking about writing, Rick is hanging out with his family.

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A  New York Times  bestseller A  USA Today  bestseller   Winner of the 2014 Red House Children''s Book Award  2014 Children’s Choice Book Awards Finalist for Teen Book of the Year A YALSA 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults A YALSA 2014 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers A  Booklist  2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults A  VOYA  2013 Perfect Ten An Amazon Best Book of the Year "Remarkable, not-to-be-missed-under-any-circumstances." — Entertainment Weekly “It has the dark, swoopy adrenaline of  The Hunger Games , but the elegiac tone of  The Road . Who cares what shelf you find it on? Just read it.” —EW.com “Makes for an exhilarating reading experience.” —Tor.com “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 "Step aside, Katniss." — The Cleveland Plain Dealer "Action-packed intrigue." —MTV.com *"Gripping!" — Publishers Weekly , *starred review* *"Nothing short of amazing!" — Kirkus Reviews ,  *starred review* *"Yancey''s heartfelt, violent, paranoid epic, filled with big heroics and bigger surprises, is part  War of the Worlds , part  Starship Troopers , part  Invasion of the Body Snatchers , and part 
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