- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 12 hours and 45 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Listening Library
- Audible.com Release Date: May 7, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CDWRUQ0
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The Others have attacked humanity through different waves. The first wave of attacks leaves people without use of electricity. The second wave results in coastal destruction. The third wave brings plague. The fourth wave involves the Others, the aliens, hunting the last specks of humanity. So, what does the fifth wave of attack have in store? Yancey's plot weaves loss, fear, and questions of what comprises humanity in an epic, pulsating story. Told through a variety of point of views, The 5th Wave is about a girl, Cassie Sullivan, who decides to save her brother Sammy despite the insurmountable odds against her. Along the way, she meets Evan Walker who is a bit of a mysterious loner dude, but he just may be Cassie's only shot at rescuing Sammy.
Cassie Sullivan is hardcore. With an M-16 she follows the mantra, if something is shooting at you, shoot back. She was not always that way though. Before the invasion, Cassie was a frizzy haired girl that no one noticed. Yet, she adapts to her new life. Straight up, Cassie is incredibly compelling. I rooted for her to come out okay and unscathed for the whole of the book. I loved that she used her brains before she uses her M-16.Read more ›
Although the book started out promisingly, I had to force myself to complete it as it became more and more derivative and tedious - borrowing from TV shows like Falling Skies and books like The Hunger Games (and even The Passage) in a manner that bored and annoyed me. There is so little in the way of original thought here, I am stunned that the book has been so well received. Characters that seemed intriguing when they were fist introduced quickly become so predictable that you could almost anticipate their actions and statements before you turned the page.
As other reviewers have mentioned, the whole concept of the aliens and their mission in the story is not fleshed out enough to make it interesting or compelling. In fact, I found myself saying "oh please" out loud once or twice as the whole invasion seems constructed as a way for the characters to have certain experiences as opposed to a well-developed concept about these invaders and the larger implications for humankind.
While I do realize this is meant to be YA material, I still thought the book was far too one-dimensional and would bore most savvy young readers who have come to expect more for the whole dystopian genre.Read more ›
Why, Mr. Alien, you were watching us and twiddling your symbolic alien mustache of course! Yet that six thousand years of creeping on humanity doesn't seem to have done you much good. Since your plan to kill the Earthlings and take possession of the planet (if that even IS your plan--unfortunately, Rick Yancey has left your intentions vague), well, that plan kind of sucked.
Yancey's alien species has decided to destroy humanity in waves--1st wave, 2nd wave, 3rd wave, 4th wave. Almost 7 billion humans, dead. Now it's the 5th wave, a wave that will challenge what it means to be human. Here's my question, though: if the aliens are oh-so-smart thanks to millions of years of evolution and as evinced by their fancy mothership, why are they killing humanity in waves? Why are they reverting to methods that allow plucky teenagers to fight back? Why can't they simply exterminate all humans in a single blow?
...I don't know if there are any answers to those questions, so my first issue with The 5th Wave is a basic logic fail. Sorry, but I do not accept these premises!
Considering the 7 billion death toll, the aliens are deadly, but to me, they were never scary.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's an interesting read, am waiting to see if it diverges further from the "invasion", "they live" or "body snatchers".Published 1 day ago by paul
A promising premise turns into teeny-bopper crapola quick, but that's still giving it too much credit.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
It was good... except for the part that was written from the POV of Sammy - a 5-year-old.Published 2 days ago by needsomeshoes
In the beginning, there was light. And all of a sudden, darkness reigned.
The enemy struck the second time around, and soon everyone drowned. Read more
I loved this book! It really made me think about how I would react if suddenly my normal everyday life just vanished. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Kayla Caswell