The 5th Wave: The First Book Of The 5th Wave Series

Paperback | February 10, 2015

byRick Yancey

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The #1 New York Times Bestseller, now a major motion picture starring Chloë Grace Moretz

The Passage meets Ender's Game in the first book in an epic series by award-winning author Rick Yancey.

"Remarkable, not-to-be-missed-under-any-circumstances."—Entertainment Weekly


"A modern sci-fi masterpiece . . ."—USAToday.com


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

An Amazon Best Book of the Year
A New York Times bestseller

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
Booklist 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults
VOYA 2013 Perfect Ten

Books in the series:

The 5th Wave (The First Book of The 5th Wave)
The Infinite Sea (The Second Book of The 5th Wave)
The Last Star (The Third Book of the The 5th Wave)

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The #1 New York Times Bestseller, now a major motion picture starring Chloë Grace MoretzThe Passage meets Ender's Game in the first book in an epic series by award-winning author Rick Yancey. "Remarkable, not-to-be-missed-under-any-circumstances."—Entertainment Weekly "A modern sci-fi masterpiece . . ."—USAToday.com After the 1st wave,...

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, r...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.28 inPublished:February 10, 2015Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

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Customer Reviews of The 5th Wave: The First Book Of The 5th Wave Series

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definitely Recommend!! Love this book. Read before movie. Movie was okay. Do not ruin this book by seeing the move first!
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Enjoyable After seeing a trailer for this movie, I said that I HAD to read the book. Forgot about it for months, until my mother gave me the book for Christmas. Started reading it and couldn't put it down. If you enjoy dystopian novels such as Divergent or the Maze Runner, you will certainly enjoy this book too.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The 5th Wave I bought this book so I could read it before I saw the movie, and boy, am I happy I did! This was an amazing book that kept you guessing. The movie seemed to focus more on the love story portion, but the book focused on the issue of people trying to find there humanity and trust. The twist of finding out what the 5th wave was and discovering who the invaders where and what their goals where brought up an interesting thought for me. It made me look at the characters and the people living in this world and the need for human connection, yet the 'Others' could be anywhere and anyone. I fear if I continue to elaborate I will spoil the book. I recommend this book for young adults or teens. 5 out 5 stars.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from it was alright the action and sci fi was great but I feel that the romance wasn't really romance. Kinda awkward. Maybe this book would've been good without it.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this! I absolutely love this book! 10/10
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book Very Intriguing
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! Really great book, very exciting. However, I feel as though the second and third books just aren't as good as this one. Be prepared for a lot!
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay.. It was a good introduction.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love this series this book series is so wonderful and its written so beautifully. I'm not a big fan of sci-fi but this was a really good book
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it It was really entertaining. It took me longer to finish this book & idk why but im glad I did. Loved it. I find Cassie's personal very much like mines. Cassie is one of the reason I liked reading this one.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it A lot of YA books are really into the whole dystopian thing right now, and I'm personally really tired of it, so I was pretty skeptical of this at first. I was scared it was going to be another cookie-cutter dystopian book, but it actually has a sci-fi twist with the aliens I really liked, plus it has a strong female lead which is always great. I enjoyed this a lot, an die it's refreshing twist on the whole dystopian genre.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay. It was okay, but it wasn't as great as I thought it would be.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from interesting I read this a while ago and I thought it was a really interesting take on the whole alien invasion story. I plan to reread it soon!
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! I got this book as a present and I love this book! I have read it many time
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay The plot was decent however I didn't really like the author's writing
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic Action packed, fascinating, different and amazingly written. I thought it was great and it never bored me. I sped through this book lightening quite. Highly recommend to everyone!
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING I really, really, really loved this book--I read it before the movie even came out. SO GOOD. Definitely would recommend.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from umm this was not the best but still great
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not at all what I was expecting. I hate to say it, but I honestly feel like I read a different book from everyone else when it comes to this one. For months and months I saw nothing but glowing reviews for The 5th Wave on goodreads, and the synopsis sounded extremely intriguing (aliens slowly infiltrating Earth and killing off the majority of the population), and so this became a must read for me. However, I literally can't even think of one thing about this book that I ended up enjoying. First off, there were way too many characters to keep track of what was going on. I ended up completely confused as to who's narrative I was even reading from chapter to chapter, and I didn't find myself connecting with any of them. Secondly, I found the writing to kind of be all over the place, and it was hard to track what was happening between one chapter to the next. Thirdly, I expected this novel to be suspensful and gripping, and have me hooked for page after page, but in reality, I actually found it extremely boring and felt like it dragged on way longer than it needed to Sorry to say it, but this particular novel just wasn't for me, and I don't see myself continuing to read this series in the future.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It is what it is... It starts off as one of the darkest teen novels I have ever read. Then, it quickly turns into a familiar teen novel, with an alien twist.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Teen fiction is my guilty pleasure and this one did not disappoint! If you like the Hunger Games and Divergent, I'm sure you will like this one!
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not the best It started off really well and I wanted it to be good but I gave up reading it half way through.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Omg This was amazing. Dystopic novels are the best and this was a great one!!
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Really good book worth checking out
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just bought this today! I just bought the book today and I am enjoying it a lot! Ive already seen the movie, and I enjoyed the movie so much. This book so far is as good as the movie.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Enjoyed reading this. Dont miss out.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from it was ok it was an ok read
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from If you love Dystopia.. The book is good, if you loved Hunger Games and Divergent, you will like this book too. The book is compelling and you want to know what happens to the characters. The story is good, just not all that original
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Refreshingly Original 4.5/5 stars. Fast-paced and the story line was refreshingly original, although this is my first novel I've read that encounters aliens, this it is not my first dystopian. It was an emotional and sometimes downright crazy journey to be inside these character's heads. As well the twists and spins were definite page turners. I've already picked up "The Infinite Sea"!
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved It The plot is very attention grabbing and there wasn't a second where I wanted to put the book down. The characters are very much alive and you can see how deeply Cassie cares for her little world and how terrifying of the world it is, when you do not know who is the enemy and who is the friend. The romance was very adorable, and I can't wait to read the next book.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh This was an ok book. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorites. One of my all time favorite books. 10/10 recommend.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay It wasn't a terrible read but it has been done before and it certainly isn't anything unique or special.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Was Alright This book was definitely not what I expected, and I had to really put in an effort to finishing it.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! Was a little weary at first when I picked up this book but it definitely didn't let me down!
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A solid 4 star! I managed to NOT see the thriller before reading this book, I hardly made it, but now I’m looking forward to see the movie! Rick Yancey did a wonderful work on writing from different characters. I enjoyed having the different views and perspectives. Cassie, Evan, Ben and Sam’s, all these characters are strong and well developed, I enjoyed all of them and they’re story before the first wave hit and the events that followed them. You got to know each one of them and felt for them. As for the story, it is not your typical sci-fi alien invasion of big heads and different languages type of thing, which I liked! A little let down for the ending, felt unfinished or I hate to say it, but predictable. I will be reading the second and third book, I highly look forward to figuring out what felt unfinished to me. Happy reading!
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed this! This book was endearing in Cassie's strange hopeless yet hopeful outlook on humanity. The main romance was a little cliché, but I still enjoyed it! Wonderful start to a series full of potential!
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What's the hype about? I did not like this book. The characters didn't do much for me, and every time I started to be remotely interested in what was happening the P.O.V. would change to someone else. If you liked it, good, but I regret buying this.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book I've read the book a few times and I love the plot and writing but I personally did not like some of the characters.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Dystopian This is one of my favourite dystopian novels! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read Loved this book. Lots of action and cool aliens! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read I Bought this book because a friend recommend it i was overall not disappointed.
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Alright It was a good light read, but I wouldn't have bought if it were not on sale as it is very generic and similar to so many other futuristic stories. The book dragged on a little and was rather predictable, but all in all, it was not terrible.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book Loved the story and the main character. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good! Simply amazing story.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's a good book I read this book recently and I'm so glad I did. All the characters are interesting, the plot makes sense, and there's a kick ass female protagonist whose just so realistic. Definetly recommend it to anyone looking for a solid story
Date published: 2016-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Starter to a New Series! I really enjoyed this one. I love alien encounter books and this one was up there as one of the best ones I've read. There were some cheesy elements (i.e. the whole healing montage for Cassie) and it was Very Predictable™, but I found that it didn't take away from my enjoyment of it. Actually, if anything, it added to it. I liked the characters, especially Cassie. I thought she had the right kind of inner turmoil about what to do and where to be as I would have in this situation. I think she was very relatable and felt really real. She wanted to save her brother (typically YA thing) but she really just wanted some semblance of normal in her life. It's why she carried around the teddy bear. Everything Cassie did was about survival. AND!! She talked about brushing her teeth and tampons! I was actually really excited by this tbh. And I get the whole eye roll over her staying with Evan and calling him sexy every ten seconds, but any time I read about that in reviews, it was never prefaced by the fact that SHE HAD BEEN SHOT IN THE KNEE. Like what did you want her to do? She couldn't walk, she couldn't kill him, nothing. The best she could do was lay there and do her best to survive with him. And yeah, she overlooked some of the signs, but fudge, I would have too. Don't try and tell me that you wouldn't cast away your suspicious for someone based on a nice smile and a hot face. Because then you're a liar. Cassie was determined, bada**, and took matters into her own hands in order to do what she needed to survive. As I said, the plot was very predictable, but it was still leaving me on the edge of my seat. I was furiously reading this one so I could find out what happened next. I thought there was some interesting alien technology in this one that really suited the purpose of the book. I thought the idea of them coming in waves was really interesting and I thought the whole "5th wave" thing was really well thought out. Two things bothered me in this one and account for the four star rather than five star rating: the passage of time was a little strange. It wasn't quite clear enough to me how much time had passed from one event to the next -- even in terms of waves. It seemed like everything overlapped (and maybe it did) but it wasn't as clear as I thought it should be because it left me just a tad confused. And the other thing was the way povs switched and how many there were. I thought that some of the povs made it really obvious what the plot would be and what certain reveals would be rather than letting the reader figure it out for themselves. I also thought there were just too many at one point. We didn't need to see the world from everyone's eyes because we already knew it was a crappy place to be. Overall I do recommend this one. I thought it was a really good read and had a lot of interesting aspects to it.
Date published: 2016-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thrilling, must-read A book that instantly captures your attention, its thrilling and filled with action and of course a love story. Have, and would again, recommend it to a friend.
Date published: 2016-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must-read Awesome book, just a little boring (for me) at the end... (Read Dec. 2014)
Date published: 2016-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book in a while! This book is absolutely delightful. So gripping, so intense, just so amazing. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I'm definitely going to buy the infinite sea and pre-order the last star. Rick Yancey has portrayed a teenage girl so well! It was probably one of the best books I have read since the hunger games and divergent. Here is a tip to everyone that still hasn't read it. In order to know when it switches over to a different perspective there should be a black and slightly thicker page dividing parts of the book. I haven't yet seen the movie but I do think it will add to the whole experience.
Date published: 2016-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Amazing This book is amazing from beginning to end and does not fail to make you completely mind blown.
Date published: 2016-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVED IT Its everything you expect in an action packed, sci-fi and romance of a book. great writing, awesome characters with an important meaning to the book.
Date published: 2016-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Alert! Alien Invasion! I picked up The 5th Wave because I wanted to read it before the movie came out. I can say for sure that I'll be watching the movie even though the book left me with conflicted feelings. The concept was interesting but the execution was slightly confusing. This book was told in multiple POV- something I completely did not expect. Imagine my confusion when the story ceased to make sense then my surprise when I realized I was in another character's head. I had to figure that out on my own since Rick Yancey gave no warning whatsoever. While I recognize that's perfectly normal, a little hint would've been nice to spare me from wasting time on being confused and re-reading a chapter :( The story started off rather slow but I was always interested to see where we were being led. We get to know the world through flashbacks and memories woven into the now. I wouldn't say I loved the writing style but the modern everyday tone felt real and true. The book was much easier to swallow once I became used to that. I loved Cassie's snarky, sarcastic persona. She was unapologetic and fiercely protective of her little brother Sammy. In fact, her promise to him was the fire that kept her going. Her will to fulfill that promise kept her moving on her feet. "Because if I am the last one, then I am humanity. And if this is humanity's last war, then I am the battlefield." (p.101). The fact that she felt she was the last one prompted her to fight harder for her life. Cassie was both afraid and unafraid and I totally wanted to give her a hug. One of the POV was tough to read. It's a spoiler so I won't name who but that life sounded like hell. What they go through is basically glorified abuse. Nothing like an alien invasion and humanity facing extinction to motivate someone and harden their resolve to fight. I breathed a sigh of relief when Evan found Cassie. Finally another human being and I can see some proper interactions lol. The push and pull between him and Cassie was yummy. It was hard not to be suspicious of Evan though. Things were too coincidental for me to not notice his impeccable timing. After hearing his thoughts and explanation I can't help but sympathize and love him. No matter the circumstance, he deserves to be happy. For what he does at the end, he is more than worthy of being loved. Clever aliens and their 5th Wave. What a surprising turnout that the Dorothys weren't so insane afterall. Thank god for people like Ringer with their sharp wit that humanity has a fighting chance. The escape scenes where the two sides merged together felt very anticlimactic. It lacked excitement. I didn't exactly expect a sappy reunion but it was so far from what I pictured I was disappointed. Though admittedly, it was nice to see things come full circle. Even though I feel the story was more of a 3.5 stars I gave it 4 stars because it left me wanting to know what happens next. Particularly I need to know if this one person survived. Overall, after reading the book I'm even more excited to see the movie and how everything will be brought onto the big screen!
Date published: 2016-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Wave Awesome book, couldn't put it down. Got part two, just stated reading it. Can't wait to see the movie. Of couse the books are wayyyyy better.
Date published: 2015-10-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not the worst, nor the best. It's not the worst, nor the best. It's OK, an nothing else. Personally I don't like the style of writing, I find it confusing and "jumpy". One moment we're in present tense, the next it past tense. It also feels like some events are skipped and you're not sure about what's really happening. Sentences feel backwards and...I don't know how to explain it other than to say it took at least two reads to make sense of some sentences. The first half was decent (and here I liked Cassie's voice) and I managed to read that in just a day, but the second half of the book took me so much longer and I had to fight to read it to the end (also Cassie's voice seemed to change and she became forgettable and boring, and just faded out into oblivion).
Date published: 2015-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Left me sitting on the edge of my seat! It was easy to pick up on all the emotion from the characters and most of questions were answered near the end. Wish the point of view didn't switch so much between characters, though that did add mystery.
Date published: 2015-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Absolutely worth the read, hooked me instantly. One of my faviourite series so far can't wait formore.
Date published: 2015-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not was I thought in a good way I was incredibly impressed with this book! I thought it was going to be teenish but no at all. Even scared me at some point because of its intensity!
Date published: 2015-07-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unpopular Opinion Time Get ready for an unpopular opinion in 3…2…1… I really was not a huge fan of this book at all. It left me with a feeling of disappointment especially considering the amount of hype that is surrounding this novel. Maybe that was the problem, there was just so much hype. Sometimes that can be a really good indicator as to how great a novel is, but sometimes it can mislead you into thinking you’re going to love the story when it turns out to be the opposite. I kept seeing review after review for The 5th Wave being posted on Goodreads, but I didn’t really know what the story was all about until I read the synopsis online. It definitely caught my attention as it was something completely different from the genres I’ve been reading lately. This could also be a part of the problem as to why I didn’t like this book so much. As stated earlier, the synopsis really grabbed my attention. I don’t think I have ever read an alien-oriented novel before to be honest. I thought the idea of a dystopian, not-too-distant future where aliens start taking over Earth in a series of different waves was a very unique concept. Rather than a quick invasion, these aliens slowly infiltrate Earth which causes a lack of action in the first half of the story. Instead, the story starts out with a re-cap of the first four waves of the alien invasion from the character of Cassie’s point of view as the story begins after the first four waves have already occured. The 5th Wave is broken up into many different sections. I actually liked the first little section of the book that explained the story so far through a series of flashbacks. It helped me get to know Cassie as well as her family and friends. Once the second section began, I was pretty excited because it was being told from a new character perspective. I usually love when a story is told from two points of view and I was particularly intrigued in this case because it was a mystery who this character was until the big reveal at the end of the section. It was pretty cool to see the difference in perspectives between one character who was out all alone on Earth while it was run by aliens mixed with the perspective of a character who was trained by an army to hunt and kill said aliens, also known as the “Others”. Now the third section is where the story started to go downhill for me. Yet another character perspective was introduced. As I said, I love dual character points of view, but more than one can be a little confusing. What really bothered me about this perspective the most was that this was the only section that was told from this point of view. Why do it at all? I understand it may have been done to gain a better understanding of the alien species that are taking over Earth, which is a pretty cool idea but if you’re going to introduce a third perspective, I would have liked to see it in at least a couple of sections rather than just one. I think the writing style was a bit all over the place. Don’t get me wrong, I think mixing genres such as Sci-Fi, Dystopian and Romance is very possible, but in this case it just felt a little messy, there was no smooth transition from one genre to the next. The Sci-Fi aspect worked well with the Dystopian genre, but the Romance felt awkward and misplaced. The characters were pretty decent for the most part. Cassie was a little too sarcastic and cynical at some moments. I’m sure an alien invasion that wipes out most of humanity could do that to a person, but she was the same way in the flashbacks before any of the waves began. Other than that she was presented as a very strong female character which is always a plus. It was pretty cool to learn about Ben (Zombie) and his past. Cassie had always praised him before the waves began and it was great to learn more about him and his life during the invasion which really humanized him. Then there is Sammy, Cassie’s little brother. We don’t get to see the story from his perspective, but he is the link between Cassie and Ben’s story lines. Evan is a character that I’m not sure about yet. I want to trust him and the writing style seems to make the reader believe that they should trust him, but there’s just something about him that I’m not too fond of. His moments with Cassie were really strange as well and that’s what threw off the romance aspects of the novel for me. On top of these main characters, there are a lot of minor characters and we have yet to learn their stories. I’m hoping that we do get to learn more about them in the sequels. The book ends with a bit of a cliffhanger, but nothing that has me unable to sleep with anticipation. Although I wasn’t particularly enthralled by this book, I do want to continue onto the sequel, The Infinite Sea, purely based on my curiosity as to what is going to happen with the main characters as well as some of the minor ones. As a graphic designer I feel inclined to comment on the cover of the book as well. The cover is beautiful and probably one of the main reasons for my decision to purchase it. I love the title being centred in the middle with an overlay effect that makes it slightly transparent. Also, I know this is a minor detail, but I love how the “th” in “5th” was placed within the number 5. The silhouette of a human in what seems like an abandoned landscape really adds to the eerie feel of an apocalypse. I also love the monotone feel to the entire image. Overall, this book took me a lot longer to read than I had hoped mainly because I was bored throughout a lot of it. It had a few moments that pulled me in, but those moments were overpowered by some long dry spells. I think that the amount of hype surrounding this book may have been what made it feel a little average to me. I prepared myself to be blown away, but unfortunately that just did not happen.
Date published: 2015-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Alien Invasion With A Twist! "The 5th Wave is a fast-paced, action-packed blend of science fiction, dystopian and romance that begins with an apocalyptic alien invasion. Sixteen year old Cassie Sullivan, her father and young brother Sammy have survived the wave of pestilence that decimated the population to settle in a colony of refugees at Ashpit. But their sense of security is short-lived when soldiers arrive in a yellow school bus to take the children, leaving her behind. When the soldiers begin killing the adults her father shouts for her to run, but life beyond this sanctuary is harsher and more dangerous than she ever could have expected. In Cassie's struggle to survive the cold of winter, a gunshot wound and to find her brother, she meets the enigmatic Evan Walker who nurses her back to health in his family's isolated farmhouse. But when Cassie asks about the loss of his family, his nightly forays and the smell of gunpowder on his clothes she receives evasive answers. Wondering whether or not she can trust him or if he's even human she knows her only chance of saving Sammy depends on gaining his help. Rick Yancey sets the stage for this exciting and captivating novel after an alien invasion. The Mothership looms over the planet as the Extraterrestrials have begun wiping out humanity with a breakdown in power after an EMP(Electromagnetic Pulse), earthquakes, tsunamis, pestilence, fires and the killing strike of drones. With the 4th wave the mood of this hostile environment is distrust, misery and fear as Silencers, sleeper cells of altered humans stalk the landscape killing the last vestiges of mankind so the planet can be colonized. In this plot Cassie after being wounded is on the verge of dying when she's rescued by Evan Walker and not only nursed back to health but taught to fight. When she tells him of her plan to rescue Sam who she feels is being held at Wright-Patterson army base the intensity and suspense of the plot heats up as their raid will pit them against the cruel ,heartless and sadistic alien leader Lieutenant Commander Alexander Vosch who is planning to unleash a 5th wave to cleanse the land. In an accounts by Cassie, Ben Parish (aka Zombie) and Sammy (aka Nuggett) the reader is swept into the chaotic desperation of a world where mankind could face extinction. The plot is emotionally- charged as families are torn apart and survivors are left broken and without hope in their despair. The atmosphere of violence, hatred, vengeance and death is often diluted not only by the perseverance, hope and friendship of those that survive, but also by the love of an alien for a young female human. Rick Yancey has created realistic, complex and unforgettable characters who struggle to overcome their brokenness in a world where " lies twist everything good into evil." Cassie Sullivan named after the constellation Cassiopeia, haunted by the death of her father and the kidnapping of her brother is stubborn, confused and defiant. Slowly she begins to question not only Evan Walker' s motivation for saving her, but his unusual behaviour. Resourceful, considerate, calm and rational, Evan is charmed by Cassie's obstinacy and bravery when faced with events out of her control. What neither expects is to find unconditional love and friendship amid all the death and despair. Sammy Sullivan is the brave, resilient and frightened five year old who faces the hardship of Boot Camp with determination, while Ben Parish the weak-spirited high school jock plagued by memories of his sister is toughened by the enemy into Zombie, a formidable pack leader. "The 5th Wave" is an intriguing story where the aliens are gearing up to use the trust, love and dependence of young children as an ultimate weapon against their kind. I thoroughly enjoyed this installment and can't wait to see what happens next to Cassie, her brother and her friends.
Date published: 2015-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even I loved this book please write more incredible sory line amazing carecters. The nme Evan remds me of the word even as in even when you're down you got back up
Date published: 2015-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great series I loved this series and would recommend it.
Date published: 2015-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best Dystopian books I've read since the Hunger Games. I wasn't sure about this book when I first started reading it. I felt that it was going to be a bit depressing and I didn't know if I was going to stick with it. But that hesitation didn't last more than the first three pages! I was quickly enthralled by the story. What did I love most about this book: the characters, of course. I am a huge character fan. And I loved how Yancey develops the characters of Cassie, Ben and Evan. The POV in this book switches between the two main characters, Cassie and Ben. They are two teenagers who don't really know each other and for most of the novel aren't even in the same place. But we get to see the invasion from different angles and perspectives. It's brilliant. In addition to outstanding character development, this book is jam packed with action. There are no "down" moments or points when I felt bored. Instead the book gallops along bringing readers on an amazing ride. From beginning to end this novel was outstanding. One of the best Dystopian books I've read since the Hunger Games.
Date published: 2015-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You will not be able to put it down! When you buy this book you will not be able to put it down until you have read the full thing. It's great for dystopian fiction readers and will captivate it's audience. The 5th wave is full of surprises, excitement, adventure romance and rebellion. Its a great book for teenager and adults.
Date published: 2015-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The 5th wave Awesome book, fantastic reading. Can't wait to start The Infinite Sea :)
Date published: 2014-10-04
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 3 out of 5 by from The Fifth Wave Good book. Felt I knew the psyche of each character as the author developed them so well throughout the storyline. There were three main characters - all older teenagers that exist in a dystonic society brought about by "the Others" whom have been watching & learning about humans from the beginning of time. What was a surprise was the fact that they looked like humans (us) & where very erudite in their thinking. Really enjoyed the novel - a page turner in its own way. Did not like or enjoy the excerpt from his new novel. Disgusting. Not one I would pay money for!
Date published: 2014-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal read An action packed exciting read. I very much look forward to reading the next installment.
Date published: 2014-07-03
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 4 out of 5 by from Great for a light read. Interesting ideas and post apocalyptic what if scenarios that may not be the most original, but certainly plausible. Nicely fleshed out characters that are relatable. Engrossing storytelling. Enjoyed the read, but this is no Ender's Game. If you dissect it too much, it won't live up to high expectations. Great for YA readers who want to get into SciFi.
Date published: 2014-04-24
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 3 out of 5 by from The 5th Wave Good start, good setting, good take on aliens. Could be better if the second half of the story concentrated less on teen angst.
Date published: 2014-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The 5th Wave I enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and definitely a page turner. I look forward to reading the sequel when it comes out.
Date published: 2014-01-23
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 The 5th Wave Excellent book, will definitely be looking for more by this author.
Date published: 2013-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The 5th Wave The 5th Wave is told in alternating perspectives and types of narration. One of the two first person narrations is from the character of Cassie, who had a lot of personality. At times, I found her character to be a bit annoying, though. She is still really just a child, so her chapters are immature. She is strong, but also weak. While she portrays a very strong image, she is actually very fragile. I thought she had strong moments, but even those were clouded with her true weak nature. The second character who tells his story in first person narration is Ben. Ben was more developed than Cassie, but I think his character needed the development more because he goes through a transformation. Ben starts out sick and weak, but becomes a strong leader by the end. Overall, he's a strong character. Then, there are a couple other characters that we get a third person narration of. One of whom is Sammy, Cassie's five-year-old brother. I thought that Sammy's character was very well-written. Overall, I thought the characters were good, even with their minor flaws. I thought that Yancey's writing was good. He definitely has a unique writing style that changed accordingly depending on the point of view. The story was good. However, I don't think it's as good as a lot of other people-reviewers have been saying it is. There were a bunch of small things I didn't like about it, such as the insta-love and Cassie's chapters. I also found that it ended very abruptly, which was a little disappointing. There was no wind-down, just all of a sudden: BOOM, the story's over! I'm also unsure of my opinion of Evan, which is why I didn't bring him up in my character-breakdown. I don't understand him or the decisions he made. The thought of his decisions and just him as a character frustrated me. I think that teens would enjoy this one more than adults. I think that The 5th Wave is still enjoyable for adults, it's just that Cassie's chapters are a bit childish, which may or may not bother-annoy an adult reader (such as myself). I would recommend this novel to a younger audience or anyone who is a fan of Young Adult.
Date published: 2013-10-08
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 4 out of 5 by from The 5th wave Didn't like the ending but very well written book :)
Date published: 2013-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Interesting plot with a number of good twists and turns. I found the overall character development a bit lacking, and the storyline at times very predictable. I still enjoyed it, but would have enjoyed it much more if the main characters weren't all teenagers, i.e. written with more of an adult audience in mind.
Date published: 2013-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The 5th Wave An excellent and original alien invasion novel for the teen genre that has appeal beyond just teens. A well constructed and well delivered tale from the teen perspective of the end of humanity from an apparently unstoppable and implacable invading force. I look forward to the continuing tale...
Date published: 2013-07-02
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 5 out of 5 by from ... THIS BOOK WAS THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ IN ALL OF MY EXISTENCE. And I have read more then 1000 books. I'm not even going to go into detail. Just read. Here that READ THIS BOOK OR ELSE! It's one of those that seems like the world will not be right again until everyone in the universe reads every single detailed line. So just go AND READ!
Date published: 2013-06-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The 5th Wave Kept me interested enough to keep reading it until the end.
Date published: 2013-06-02
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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1ALIENS 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 adorable? Forget about flying saucers and little green men and giant mechanical spiders spitting out death rays. Forget about epic battles with tanks and fighter jets and the final victory of us scrappy, unbroken, intrepid humans over the bug-eyed swarm. That’s about as far from the truth as their dying planet was from our living one. The truth is, once they found us, we were toast.2SOMETIMES I THINK I might be the last human on Earth. Which means I’m the last human in the universe. I know that’s dumb. They can’t have killed everyone . . . yet. I see how it could happen, though, eventually. And then I think that’s exactly what the Others want me to see. Remember the dinosaurs? Well. So I’m probably not the last human on Earth, but I’m one of the last. Totally alone—and likely to stay that way—until the 4th Wave rolls over me and carries me down. That’s one of my night thoughts. You know, the three-in-the-morning, oh-my-God-I’m-screwed thoughts. When I curl into a little ball, so scared I can’t close my eyes, drowning in fear so intense I have to remind myself to breathe, will my heart to keep beating. When my brain checks out and begins to skip like a scratched CD. Alone, alone, alone, Cassie, you’re alone. That’s my name. Cassie. Not Cassie for Cassandra. Or Cassie for Cassidy. Cassie for Cassiopeia, the constellation, the queen tied to her chair in the northern sky, who was beautiful but vain, placed in the heavens by the sea god Poseidon as a punishment for her boasting. In Greek, her name means “she whose words excel.” My parents didn’t know the first thing about that myth. They just thought the name was pretty. Even when there were people around to call me anything, no one ever called me Cassiopeia. Just my father, and only when he was teasing me, and always in a very bad Italian accent: Cass-ee-oh-PEE-a. It drove me crazy. I didn’t think he was funny or cute, and it made me hate my own name. “I’m Cassie!” I’d holler at him. “Just Cassie!” Now I’d give anything to hear him say it just one more time. When I was turning twelve—four years before the Arrival—my father gave me a telescope for my birthday. On a crisp, clear fall evening, he set it up in the backyard and showed me the constellation. “See how it looks like a W?” he asked. “Why did they name it Cassiopeia if it’s shaped like a W?” I replied. “W for what?” “Well . . . I don’t know that it’s for anything,” he answered with a smile. Mom always told him it was his best feature, so he trotted it out a lot, especially after he started going bald. You know, to drag the other person’s eyes downward. “So, it’s for anything you like! How about wonderful? Or winsome? Or wise?” He dropped his hand on my shoulder as I squinted through the lens at the five stars burning over fifty light-years from the spot on which we stood. I could feel my father’s breath against my cheek, warm and moist in the cool, dry autumn air. His breath so close, the stars of Cassiopeia so very far away. The stars seem a lot closer now. Closer than the three hundred trillion miles that separate us. Close enough to touch, for me to touch them, for them to touch me. They’re as close to me as his breath had been. That sounds crazy. Am I crazy? Have I lost my mind? You can only call someone crazy if there’s someone else who’s normal. Like good and evil. If everything was good, then nothing would be good. Whoa. That sounds, well . . . crazy. Crazy: the new normal. I guess I could call myself crazy, since there is one other person I can compare myself to: me. Not the me I am now, shivering in a tent deep in the woods, too afraid to even poke her head from the sleeping bag. Not this Cassie. No, I’m talking about the Cassie I was before the Arrival, before the Others parked their alien butts in high orbit. The twelve-year-old me, whose biggest problems were the spray of tiny freckles on her nose and the curly hair she couldn’t do anything with and the cute boy who saw her every day and had no clue she existed. The Cassie who was coming to terms with the painful fact that she was just okay. Okay in looks. Okay in school. Okay at sports like karate and soccer. Basically the only unique things about her were the weird name—Cassie for Cassiopeia, which nobody knew about, anyway—and her ability to touch her nose with the tip of her tongue, a skill that quickly lost its impressiveness by the time she hit middle school. I’m probably crazy by that Cassie’s standards. And she sure is crazy by mine. I scream at her sometimes, that twelve-year-old Cassie, moping over her hair or her weird name or at being just okay. “What are you doing?” I yell. “Don’t you know what’s coming?” But that isn’t fair. The fact is she didn’t know, had no way of knowing, and that was her blessing and why I miss her so much, more than anyone, if I’m being honest. When I cry—when I let myself cry—that’s who I cry for. I don’t cry for myself. I cry for the Cassie that’s gone. And I wonder what that Cassie would think of me. The Cassie who kills. 3 HE COULDN’T HAVE BEEN much older than me. Eighteen. Maybe nineteen. But hell, he could have been seven hundred and nineteen for all I know. Five months into it and I’m still not sure if the 4th Wave is human or some kind of hybrid or even the Others themselves, though I don’t like to think that the Others look just like us and talk just like us and bleed just like us. I like to think of the Others as being . . . well, other. I was on my weekly foray for water. There’s a stream not far from my campsite, but I’m worried it might be contaminated, either from chemicals or sewage or maybe a body or two upstream. Or poisoned. Depriving us of clean water would be an excellent way to wipe us out quickly. So once a week I shoulder my trusty M16 and hike out of the forest to the interstate. Two miles south, just off Exit 175, there’re a couple of gas stations with convenience stores attached. I load up as much bottled water as I can carry, which isn’t a lot because water is heavy, and get back to the highway and the relative safety of the trees as quickly as I can, before night falls completely. Dusk is the best time to travel. I’ve never seen a drone at dusk. Three or four during the day and a lot more at night, but never at dusk. From the moment I slipped through the gas station’s shattered front door, I knew something was different. I didn’t see anything different—the store looked exactly like it had a week earlier, the same graffiti-scrawled walls, overturned shelves, floor strewn with empty boxes and caked-in rat feces, the busted-open cash registers and looted beer coolers. It was the same disgusting, stinking mess I’d waded through every week for the past month to get to the storage area behind the refrigerated display cases. Why people grabbed the beer and soda, the cash from the registers and safe, the rolls of lottery tickets, but left the two pallets of drinking water was beyond me. What were they thinking? It’s an alien apocalypse! Quick, grab the beer! The same disaster of spoilage, the same stench of rats and rotted food, the same fitful swirl of dust in the murky light pushing through the smudged windows, every out-of-place thing in its place, undisturbed. Still. Something was different. I was standing in the little pool of broken glass just inside the doorway. I didn’t see it. I didn’t hear it. I didn’t smell or feel it. But I knew it. Something was different. It’s been a long time since humans were prey animals. A hundred thousand years or so. But buried deep in our genes the memory remains: the awareness of the gazelle, the instinct of the antelope. The wind whispers through the grass. A shadow flits between the trees. And up speaks the little voice that goes, Shhhh, it’s close now. Close. I don’t remember swinging the M16 from my shoulder. One minute it was hanging behind my back, the next it was in my hands, muzzle down, safety off. Close. I’d never fired it at anything bigger than a rabbit, and that was a kind of experiment, to see if I could actually use the thing without blowing off one of my own body parts. Once I shot over the heads of a pack of feral dogs that had gotten a little too interested in my campsite. Another time nearly straight up, sighting the tiny, glowering speck of greenish light that was their mothership sliding silently across the backdrop of the Milky Way. Okay, I admit that was stupid. I might as well have erected a billboard with a big arrow pointing at my head and the words yoo-hoo, here i am! After the rabbit experiment—it blew that poor damn bunny apart, turning Peter into this unrecognizable mass of shredded guts and bone—I gave up the idea of using the rifle to hunt. I didn’t even do target practice. In the silence that had slammed down after the 4th Wave struck, the report of the rounds sounded louder than an atomic blast. Still, I considered the M16 my bestest of besties. Always by my side, even at night, burrowed into my sleeping bag with me, faithful and true. In the 4th Wave, you can’t trust that people are still people. But you can trust that your gun is still your gun. Shhh, Cassie. It’s close. Close. I should have bailed. That little voice had my back. That little voice is older than I am. It’s older than the oldest person who ever lived. I should have listened to that voice. Instead, I listened to the silence of the abandoned store, listened hard. Something was close. I took a tiny step away from the door, and the broken glass crunched ever so softly under my foot. And then the Something made a noise, somewhere between a cough and a moan. It came from the back room, behind the coolers, where my water was. That’s the moment when I didn’t need a little old voice to tell me what to do. It was obvious, a no-brainer. Run. But I didn’t run. The first rule of surviving the 4th Wave is don’t trust anyone. It doesn’t matter what they look like. The Others are very smart about that—okay, they’re smart about everything. It doesn’t matter if they look the right way and say the right things and act exactly like you expect them to act. Didn’t my father’s death prove that? Even if the stranger is a little old lady sweeter than your great-aunt Tilly, hugging a helpless kitten, you can’t know for certain—you can never know—that she isn’t one of them, and that there isn’t a loaded .45 behind that kitten. It isn’t unthinkable. And the more you think about it, the more thinkable it becomes. Little old lady has to go. That’s the hard part, the part that, if I thought about it too much, would make me crawl into my sleeping bag, zip myself up, and die of slow starvation. If you can’t trust anyone, then you can trust no one. Better to take the chance that Aunty Tilly is one of them than play the odds that you’ve stumbled across a fellow survivor. That’s friggin’ diabolical. It tears us apart. It makes us that much easier to hunt down and eradicate. The 4th Wave forces us into solitude, where there’s no strength in numbers, where we slowly go crazy from the isolation and fear and terrible anticipation of the inevitable. So I didn’t run. I couldn’t. Whether it was one of them or an Aunt Tilly, I had to defend my turf. The only way to stay alive is to stay alone. That’s rule number two. I followed the sobbing coughs or coughing sobs or whatever you want to call them till I reached the door that opened to the back room. Hardly breathing, on the balls of my feet. The door was ajar, the space just wide enough for me to slip through sideways. A metal rack on the wall directly in front of me and, to the right, the long narrow hallway that ran the length of the coolers. There were no windows back here. The only light was the sickly orange of the dying day behind me, still bright enough to hurl my shadow onto the sticky floor. I crouched down; my shadow crouched with me. I couldn’t see around the edge of the cooler into the hall. But I could hear whoever—or whatever—it was at the far end, coughing, moaning, and that gurgling sob. Either hurt badly or acting hurt badly, I thought. Either needs help or it’s a trap. This is what life on Earth has become since the Arrival. It’s an either/or world. Either it’s one of them and it knows you’re here or it’s not one of them and he needs your help. Either way, I had to get up and turn that corner. So I got up. And I turned the corner.

Editorial Reviews

A New York Times bestsellerA 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 YearA YALSA 2014 Best Fiction for Young AdultsA YALSA 2014 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young ReadersA Booklist 2014 Best Fiction for Young AdultsA VOYA 2013 Perfect TenAn 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 The Stand . . . a sure thing for reviewers and readers alike."—Booklist *starred review*"This is DAMN and WOW territory.  Quite simply, one of the best books I've read in years."—Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author"Breathtakingly fast-paced and original, The 5th Wave is a reading tsunami that grabs hold and won't let go.  A postapocalyptic alien invasion story with a smart, vulnerable heroine."—Melissa De La Cruz, New York Times bestselling author of the Blue Bloods series"A fantastic read. The 5th Wave is an electrifying page-turner."—Kathy Reichs, New York Times bestselling author"Prepare to set everything else aside when you launch into this one. The break-neck pace and high stakes will draw you in, but it's the characters who will keep you turning pages. It's been a long time since I've read a story this compelling."—Cinda Williams Chima, New York Times bestselling authorOther awards for Rick Yancey:The Monstrumologist Series: Printz Honor Book, YALSA Readers’ Choice List – Best Book for Young Adults, Kirkus’ Best Teen Books, Booklist Editors’ Choice for Youth, Los Angeles Times Book Award Finalist—Best Young Adult Literature, Tayshas Reading List (Texas Library Association), NCTE’s Walden Book Award Finalist, Garden State Teen Book Award Nominee, Teen Choice Book of the Year Nominee, Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Readers Choice Award NomineeThe Alfred Kropp Series: A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, A Book Sense Pick Best Books of the Year, A BookBrowse Recommendation, A Texas Lone Star Reading List Selection, A Sunshine State Readers List Selection, Featured Author/Book - Scholastic Book Fairs , Nominated for the Carnegie Medal (U.K.), Nominee for the Grand Canyon Reader Award