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The 5th Wave Hardcover – May 7, 2013
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An Amazon Best Teen Book of the Month, May 2013 Spotlight Pick: Forget your E.T. version of sweet, harmless aliens--in The 5th Wave, Rick Yancey imagines a silent invasion that takes extraterrestrial intelligence to a whole new level. Alternating points of view peel back each new layer of the novel while death, separation, and love, push his diverse characters to survive in a terrifying new world. As a storyteller, Yancey is as cunning as his aliens, weaving the characters’ lives together in unexpected ways. After the first couple of chapters I found myself sucked wholeheartedly into the story, wondering who can be trusted and what chilling new twist is lurking around the corner. Book 2 can’t get here fast enough… --Seira Wilson
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Gr 9 Up-Cassie travels with just the essentials. First on the list: Luger, M-16, ammo, Bowie knife. Incidentals like food, water, sleeping bag, and nail clippers come further down. A nondescript 16-year-old, she is one of the very few people left alive on Earth. Aliens sent waves of destructive forces to eradicate humans: Cassie's family survived the 1st and 2nd Waves. Her mother died in the 3rd Wave (Pestilence) and her father in the 4th (Silencers). Her little brother may still be alive; he may even be safe in a military compound, as Cassie deals with the 5th Wave- a carefully orchestrated survival dance of kill or be killed. The aliens are never described in detail, and their reasons for wanting the humans gone are not clear. But they are ruthless and determined, and their methods for gaining control mean readers will never again see owls as the friendly, mail-delivering avians portrayed in the world of Harry Potter. The compelling story is told from the viewpoints of Cassie and Ben, who is now a soldier known as Zombie. Cassie crushed on Ben at school, but he never particularly noticed her. Now he has transformed from handsome high school sports star to focused paramilitary killer. Yancey's story is full of violent twists and turns, but character development continues along with nonstop action. Cassie and Ben grow out of high school self-centeredness and find leadership qualities. Cassie's interactions with an alien elevate him from a one-dimensional "bad guy" role. While the big body counts (billions die) happen largely offscreen, there are numerous more personal instances in which teens are both killers and killed. The ending has enough planned loose ends to practically guarantee a sequel.-Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TXα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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At first, I wasn't aware it was varying viewpoints, so the switch of perspectives took me off guard for half a second. Mainly because it is first person and it didn't outright show that it was a different character.
However, going back, I realize that the writing for each character is totally different!
Throughout the whole book, it was edge-of-your-seat exciting and intense. Once you think you know what's going on/going to happen, Yancey throws you through ten loops and changes EVERYTHING you thought was true.The plots were incredible as well as devastating.
The romance aspect, what little there was, I didn't like all that much, I think it might've increased my interest if certain plot points regarding the romance had taken a different turn.
But all-in-all, I absolutely loved this book. I was in the mood for aliens after reading 172 Hours on the Moon and The 5th Wave did not disappoint!
From the previous point of "Or at least they think they do": There are an absurd amount of false truths and lies, you never truly know if what a character is saying is true, especially if they aren't currently the main focus. You'll never truly know what's going, and this isn't something the 2nd and 3rd book drop lightly.
The 2nd book reveals a whole lot more lies and a whole lot more truths, which could very well be more lies.
The 3rd book (I'm currently still reading and have not finished yet), only 1 character know the "Truth", and everyone is stuck with their all their previous beliefs, and you just have to sit back and watch them act as if they have everything planned. I makes your heart race.
Don't worry, I tried to keep this as spoiler free as possible, it's a good series. The 2nd book is a bit slow in the middle, but the ending chapter is amazing, heartbreaking, relieving, and rage inducing all at the same time, I couldn't have asked for a better ending chapter.
It was entertaining and engaged me like decent rainy day escapist "sci-fi" fodder, almost romance novel in some parts.
I skimmed a lot because the language didn't really compare to a Jack Vance or something where every line is a gem.
It could be any number of movies/books in the same vein with the same story.
All the characters have the same personality.
It ended abruptly like the author just gave up. Maybe there'll be a sequel. I'd probably read it.