The 5th Wave: The First Book Of The 5th Wave Series by Rick YanceyThe 5th Wave: The First Book Of The 5th Wave Series by Rick Yancey

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

byRick Yancey

Paperback | February 10, 2015

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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 . . ."—

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)
Rick Yancey ( 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...
Title:The 5th Wave: The First Book Of The 5th Wave SeriesFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:512 pages, 5.5 × 8.25 × 1.28 inShipping dimensions:5.5 × 8.25 × 1.28 inPublished:February 10, 2015Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0142425834

ISBN - 13:9780142425831


Rated 5 out of 5 by from great i saw the movie before i read it but it wouldve been better if i read it first
Date published: 2018-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprisingly Good This audio book surprised me by how interesting I found the story. I must admit that I wasn’t expecting much out of this story, but the world and characters really brought it to life. I think I liked this book as an audio book a lot better than I would have liked it were I to read it. The writing was well done and I really liked Cassie, until she annoyed me with all her repetitive romantic thoughts. Once I was able to overlook that, I was still intrigued and some surprising twists came my way that kept my interest. The end was a little clichéd, as well as not being a “real” ending which I normally don’t like, but here it seemed OK. I’m still curious as to what will happen but I enjoyed the story on its own which is a tribute to the writing and the story building. I will have to think about whether I continue this series, I probably will someday.
Date published: 2018-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't stop reading Damn. That. Was. AWESOME. This book is so intense, and the plot twists just keep coming. Action packed, likeable characters and a family dynamic. I absolutely loooved it! Starts off a bit slow, but trust me, it reeeallly picks up. Plus, it does help that the writing is absolutely phenomenal. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Couldn't finish it Nope, I just can't get past the awful everything about this book. Yancey can't write romance or female perspectives. Which is sad because his Will Henry character in his Monstromology series is fabulous. Too many topics/issues/story lines - pick one and stick to it! I couldn't figure out which to invest in. Host, meets Endar's Game, meets Twilight, meets Independence Day, meets Childhood's End. It's like he took the interesting plot points of of all those stories and thought "how can i go wrong?" Too many teenage dystopian clichés. (See my comments section) and it predictable. Maybe I'm too old for this book?
Date published: 2018-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Could barely put down Very good book, finished it over the course of a week. MUCH better than the movie, if the movie is deterring you from giving the book a chance. I'd definitely recommend.
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing I read this after I watched the movie, and I enjoyed the book more. I found the romance quite sappy in the movie but it was more believable in the book. It's an intriguing premise and I look forward to the next books for the conclusion.
Date published: 2018-07-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this! At first, It was really slow to get into the story since the process was slow, however, It quickly redeemed itself and became enjoyable to read! The action and thrill was great.
Date published: 2018-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Action packed in this novel! Can't wait to see what's in hold for the 2nd novel. Only wish it continued to be a movie!
Date published: 2018-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed this ! This book was great, I really enjoyed reading it. I first discovered the story after watching the movie and soon after watching the movie I decided to read the book and was not disappointed with it at all. It is a great read and I highly recommend this book. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I loved this book and I think it was way better than the movie version for those who maybe didn't like the movie so much! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome so much action! So many twists! who can you trust? How will you survive?
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So cool I loved the characters. The mix between bad and good was so easy to see but so hard to determine
Date published: 2018-03-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, Not Great This book caught my attention because of the concept, characters, and hype; however, as I continued reading it, I became confused with the alternating perspectives and the entire concept as it further developed. I found the romance in this book was just there for the sake of it. I am personally not a fan of romances that are rushed and have not been properly developed. I would rather have no romance than one that is unsatisfying. It was a really creative and intriguing idea, I'll give it that. There were some moments where my attention was caught, but I felt that most of the time the book was just dragging on. Some may be captivated with this book, while others are disappointed.
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from His writing... His writing... it's absolutely amazing! Everything he writes is complex yet understandable and so utterly deep and masterfully created.
Date published: 2018-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed I enjoyed this book and it was an easy read. You can finish it quick!
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay I liked the beginning of it and it carried on pretty well but at times it was rather slow.
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Series I love reading YA books even though I'm an adult. I share with my teen and preteen. The 5th Wave Series was one we really enjoyed. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was ok It was ok, I can say that the book was definitely better than the movie. But just not my kind of book.
Date published: 2018-01-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hyped but not worth it Slow pacing. CONFUSING perspectives. Weird characters (ahem Evan is creepy af)
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved it! The book was for sure better than the movie. A must read.
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright It was kind of slow in the beginning but became more interesting near to the end
Date published: 2017-12-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good A pretty good book. I found it pretty interesting and action-packed. The POVs were confusing but the story was great (once I figured out who's POV it was). Not sure why its a trilogy - the second two books weren't as good as the first and they dragged the story out way to long. But, overall - a good book!
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Did not live up to hype Unrealistic and weak romance. Guy is creepy at times. The plot and world is very scary and well thought out. The pacing was slow at the beginning but it picked up. The different POV's confused the heck out of me. Overall an okay book but I didn't really feel it.
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Action Packed I really enjoyed this one, it was a little tough figuring out who's POV I was reading at first but after a while it was easier to tell who was who. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprised it's part of a trilogy I really enjoyed this book and felt super satisfied by the end..... then I found out it's not a stand-alone novel. That kinda threw me off because I really felt like it was great on its own.
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love it! It is a great book filled with lots of things that dont overwhelm!
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love this book this book is something very unique and the way the author writes just grabbed my attention
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book I'm not exactly a sci-fi person but this book was good regardless.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read This is a great sci-fi book. A unique and intriguing take on aliens that combines both a harsh survival story and psychological fear and invasion. An interesting read.
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Shallow, Sexist Writing This book is just one big statement declaring men to be superior to women - AKA, hormonal, sobbing, hysterical messes. The male characters are rational thinkers who have everything figured out, while the one female narrative consists of indecision (do I want to kiss him or hit him?) and irrational anger towards the one person literally trying to save her life. Clearly, the author prefers his male characters, which is fine, but begs an answer to the question of why he bothered writing from a female perspective in the first place. Hated every minute of this book; will not be continuing with the trilogy.
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this this is one of the only sci-fi i have ever read. i dont usually read this genre but i enjoyed it so much
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is an awesome book. I bought this book like a year ago and I was absolutely satisfied with what I bought. I couldn't put it down once I started and basically cut myself off of everything and everyone till I finished it. Everyone should ty it and it would be a shame if you hadn't.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it It was a very fast read which manage to keep my interest through its entirety. The characters were all very lovable and relatable.
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Way better than the movie So much better than the movie and it was a bit confusing, but I got it.
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good It was a bit confusing at first but overall pretty good.
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! A fast, action packed book! Never a dull moment. The characters were raw, real and relateable. The main character Cassie kept me laughing the whole way through the book. A beautiful cover, and a great size! I would definately recommend this book to people who enjoyed The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins or Blood Red Road by Moira Young. :) #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rick Yancey is an amazing author! I've never been one to read science fiction novels... but I absolutely loved this book. I enjoyed that Cassie wasn't this perfect heroine-type character, but you still cheered her on and felt for her nonetheless.
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh A little unoriginal. As far as alien invasions go this one doesn't offer anything special. Cassie is a very interesting character however. She makes the book worth reading
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mysterious and Intriguing! Loved the sci-fi elements and the characters
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good I would have given this four stars had I not been so confused at the beginning. I had read about half of the book before I ended up giving it a break for awhile. During this time I watched the movie and really enjoyed it. I recently picked it up and had a hard time putting it down.
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from liked this I liked this book, I bit slow
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I Don't Know I was really intrigued by the plot despite not being much of a sci-fi type of person. It started out really well and I could not put it down. But I was really disappointed by how the story ended to the point where I lost all interest in the novel and had no motivation to finish the trilogy.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really cool! I love this book so much! Unlike any other sci-fi books i've read
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing - Alien invasion with a twist Brilliant concepts and plots. This book was full of excitement and intrigue. There were also inspirational thoughts about human resilience as little gems. I am glad that I found this wonderful read. This series was written and aimed for teens and young adults. There were a lot of teen thoughts and references, which might be a bit boring for the comparatively more mature. Nevertheless, this is not to be kissed. I am looking forward to start reading the next installment soon.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyed this I really enjoyed the first book in this trilogy. I found it easy to connect with the characters, and while similar stories have definitely been told before, I liked the different spin that this one took. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a splash of sci-fi
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Loved every minute of this book! Great read!
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book This book is slightly different then the movie but still an amazing storyline and adventure to read/watch very much looking forward to the second movie to come to theatres so I can compare the second book to it!!!!!!!
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good The sci-fi, apocalypse setting used for the book is really cliche, but I thought the book was a good read.
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great book I got this a couple months ago, and it caputered the true essence of the emotions within the characters
Date published: 2017-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good story - Well written I really really liked this book! It's a good mellow Sci-Fi book where you develop something with the characters. There are a few but they are so different anyone can find someone that makes them think of themselves. Easy to read. Overall a very good book!
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved This Book World Building: fantastic /Characters: great /Romance: yes yes yes /Pace: great /Feels: sorta /Able to put down: nope /Worth the read: absolutely
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good! I bought this book after seeing the movie and the movie does not do it justice... there's so much more in the book that allows you to connect with the characters and feel the things they feel during such a horrible time, instead of just the Cassie-Evan romance like in the movie. Overall a great book!
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Captures the attention of the reader from the very first page. Overall very well written. If you love science fiction I definitely recommend!!!
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating Not a moment passed where I have regretted purchasing this amazing book
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Action Packed! Super interesting, different, and action packed! I love these characters!
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great action a fun, action filled book!
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good! It was exciting and captivating. A definite recommendation for anyone who wants an intense and exciting read
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love This book was amazing to me. I thought it and it's sequel were awesome. Way better than the movie by far!
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good I thought it was a decent book
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book The main character was kind of annoying at some parts, but the book was pretty good.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting book I read the entire series, loved it!
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice This is a nice "survival" type of book.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great This is a nice "survival" kind of story.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not what I expected I expected this to be better than it was but I still enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good. It was a good book. Sort of average, but I guess it depends on who you are as a reader.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so good SOOO much better then the movie
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read I really enjoyed this book and plan to read the next two books
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Novel A Definite read for a Book Club!
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome! I just finished reading this book and I LOVED it! Action packed and suspenseful, I couldn't put it down. Definitely recommend the series.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read I loved the concept to this book. I loved the characters and how the story played out. A very suspenseful and entertaining read!
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mediocre? Amazing? It varies, on who you are Personally this book had a great and original idea. It was good, and exciting, but all these things going on at once kind of left me confused. The story is a little rushed, but otherwise, it's perfect. read them all before the movie-it'll ruin your book experience....
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from SO GOOD When I started to read this book I wasn't sure if I was going to like it or not. However, by the end of it I became way to emotionally invested in the book, which is why I need to read the next book in the series. I wouldn't say that it was the best book I ever read, but I did only read it for one character.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Entertaining Keeps ya hooked! The story unravels in a strange way, and I love it, great read.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh It was okay. Typical YA story, this time with aliens.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Story This is a very good YA dystopian book. Much better than the movie.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Scary I, as someone who is always afraid of everything, found this book quite scary. I really did enjoy it, but I had to hide it in my attic for a few months until I got over my anxiety. Overall, it was very suspenseful and entertaining.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun book to read Interesting story, some slow spots but a nice light read
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good YA book I thought the premise was excellent but the voice of Cassy was typical for a teen girl (angst....lots of angst).
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Conflicted with this one I have NO idea how I feel about this book The first page gave me goosebumps, and I said to myself: "Whoa, this is going to be a good book!" But then..... I found the first 150 pages to be quite boring, although there were a few parts within those pages that I did enjoy. And although I found it mostly boring, I kept reading anyway, because I just had this feeling that it was going to get better. It confused the hell out of me when the perspective changed for the first time, and it didn't say anything to indicate that. I had to reread that first page of the new person's perspective THREE times before I figured it out. Throughout the rest of the book, I caught on when a new person was telling the story, but towards the end, there were a few times where I didn't know the perspective had changed until halfway through the page and I was super confused, just saying to myself: "HUH???" So for one, the book would have been better if there was something at the top of the page letting you know that someone new is telling the story. Less confusion is always better when reading a book, I think. The book did get more interesting and more intriguing, but at the same time, I found it pretty predictable. I knew way early on who the aliens were. It was no surprise when I was right. The writing had a LOT of short sentences that were NOT necessary and that bugged me. It was also not very descriptive and I found for some action-y parts, the lack of description made it a little bit confusing. So what did I like about the book? I liked Zombie. Especially his relationship with Nugget. I wasn't a huge fan of Evan, even though I'm pretty sure I was supposed to be. He just wasn't that dreamy to me. But Zombie, I liked. Nugget, I liked. Cassie, I liked her too. I really liked the one chapter that was told by the "silencer". I wish there were more parts of the story told by him, because I thought that part was well written and it really intrigued me, having the story told from the other side. Despite the lack of descriptions and short, choppy sentences, the story was interesting enough to keep me wanting to read more. (even the boring 150 pages kept me going for some reason, so I guess that has to mean something.) The last 100 pages were intense and gripping, and I was anxious to get to the end. So... what rating do I give this book? I still have no idea. Parts of it bugged me a lot, a big chunk was boring, and it was predictable. But it was interesting, I liked the characters, and the end was really exciting. Does this sound like a 3 star rating? Somewhere in the middle? Good, but not amazing? Sure.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting story, okay writing I watched the movie and thought the story really fascinated me. After reading the book, I can say that while the story is interesting the writing is just okay.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from YA fun Yes, it's sort of a formulaic YA dystopian, aliens take over the world kind of book, but the writing was really good. I liked the different points of view the story was told from and liked how they came together to make the big picture. The characters were engaging and the character development was excellent. Rick Yancey took existing tropes and made them his own - well done! I doubt the movie will be as good as the book, but they never are....
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good A little tough to start but turned out pretty good.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping, Mind-numbing, Insightful Really into post-apocalyptic novels, but was especially amazed by how the relationship between two siblings was written. #plumreview Even better, the one-liners that Rick Yancey put into the mind of young Cassie.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Once I started reading the book, I couldn't stop!
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, Not Great Most of this book fell flat for me. The overall pace of the novel was sloowww with sudden bursts of action in between. Another disappointing aspect was the way the characters were written. Despite alternating perspectives, the characters sounded the same, at times they literally thought the same "independent" thought verbatim, which is lazy writing. While I enjoyed the overall story, I won't carry on with the series
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay, but boring I bought this book after I saw the movie. I really liked the movie, it was full of action. The book, however, was really boring to me. The end was great, but the beginning seemed long, and nothing really happened. I think the plot and the caracters were interesting though.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting I like how it keeps you guessing and unsure about who the real danger is.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good just not great. Exciting at times, overall just ok!
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good Slow at first but I couldn't put it down towards the end! Please read before watching the movie!
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Confusing I found the book confusing, and slightly boring. He didn't do a very good job switching between characters, the same phases kept popping up in all the characters, which I found weird. It had a very interesting story line but I wouldn't recommend it if you want a quick Read. Most of the book was what the characters were thinking, feeling, questioning not a lot of actually action
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic novel! I actually read this book after watching the movie (which I liked, I know I'm one of the few) and enjoyed it! It was the perfect mix between action and romance. I also really liked the prose in this book, even if I know it's not one of the common pros of this novel. A thrilling read!
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read! This is a good book, but wasn't amazing. I will continue to read the rest of the series, but it's definitely not a priority read.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good Saw the movie first and enjoyed it. The book was pretty good as well.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from i wanted to love it Wasn't asgreat as I had hoped. it was an okay read but I wont be reading the sequels.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read before the Awful Movie This is a fantastic novel that was lessened by the onscreen portrayal of it! This novel combines science-fi and romance likened to "The Host" by Stephanie Meyer. If you enjoyed that invasion story, this one is for you. A good story about the bonds of family and what makes us human. Thought invoking with just enough action to keep you hooked.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow I have never really been into sci-fi but this book change my opinion completely. It was that good of a book.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Christmas gift I bought this on a whim for my son as a gift and he absolutely loves it. Apparently it was a book he wanted to read. So I have now bought him the second book in the series as an Easter gift.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from overhyped I can't believe I just gave this book a one star. I thought I would love this, but the writing just wasn't for me. This was way too long and the romance felt cheesy and very random. I really liked Evan and Cassie when she wasn't with Evan but the whole love story took away from the bigger alien invasion thing. I didn't like Zombie's interactions with his squad because his squad was soo boring.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Extradionary I bought this book having high expectations but I was sadly disappointed. It was not that terrible but it wasn't amazing either.
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow A bit slow and draggy in the beginning, but carried a meaningful message about the human experience. If you can stick through the beginning it is a great read. I would definitely recommend the movie more though.
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not What I Expected This book was over hyped for me. All I heard for months before I read it was how amazing it was, but I thought it was fairly slow and kind of muddled at times. I was never invested in the story, and that always kills a book for me. The plot is interesting enough and I didn't mind the characters, I didn't hate it. I just didn't think that it was anything special.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from i loved this book i love thisbook so much that i read it like 20 times
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book This book was as good as the movie!! Recommended read!
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good read different from what i usually read. kept me entertained
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Read So, so, so good! Can't believe I waited so long before actually reading it! But once I started, boy, I just could not stop reading it, which means staying up till 1 am in the morning. Oops. Anyways, this book is just so unique and incredible, so if you hadn't read it yet, go try it out. It is just so amazing. Plus, there is a movie of it! (But the book is so much better)
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I thought it was very enjoyable and action packed
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked it This book was sloooooooow, but it gave a great importance to character's backstory. If you think this is about an action-packed alien invasion, I would not recommend picking this book up. But, if you care about your characters and can wait until the end of a 500 pages book for gripping action, go get it.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Probably wont read the next one This book started out really strong. The beginning had a really good buildup to what was happening. And then it started falling apart. The second half and especially the last quarter of this novel fell into some real cliched happenings. Seriously, got too romancey. I know its YA but I have to think when you are nearly dying everyday and most of the world is dead you are not really thinking about your highschool crush all that much. That's just weird. I wish the author had worked on building the core elements of the story instead of a wishy washy romance followed up with some real teen angst. Stop that. Go kill some aliens instead. Probably won't read the next in the series.
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fabulous!!! I bought this book because I didn't have the time to watch the move, yes, I know, the books are always better than the movie (its true!), but thats my reason. When I first read it, it was a little slow at the beginning, but once I got about 1/3 through, it good really good and exciting! I recommend this book to all teens who like sci-fi/dystopian!
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it ! This was such an amazing read. I absolutely loved the character development, the plot, the dialogue. Everything was so fun to read and I got lost in the story. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I can only say, this was such an epic, awesome, action filled read. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2016-12-05
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 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 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 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

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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.”—“Makes for an exhilarating reading experience.”—“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."—"Step aside, Katniss."—The Cleveland Plain Dealer"Action-packed intrigue."—*"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