Monday, February 8, 2016

5th Wave

TITLE: The 5th Wave
AUTHOR: Rick Yancey
PUBLISHER: G.P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
PAGES: 457 pages
SERIES: Book 1 in the 5th Wave series (Book 2: Infinite Sea, Book 3: The Last Star)
GENRE: Science Fiction
APPROPRIATE AGE: grades: 8-12 (some sexual references)

SUMMARY: Cassie is a survivor. She survived the 1st wave when all the world's electricity was wiped out by an electromagnetic pulse. She survived the 2nd wave when tsunamis wiped out all the coastal cities. She even survived the 3rd wave, called the Red Death, a plague that killed 97% of the remaining population, including her mother. The 4th wave sends Silencers, humans implanted with aliens. The worst wave of all, because you don't know who you can trust. But Cassie knows how to survive, don't trust anyone. 

FAVORITE QUOTE: "If you don't kill all of us all at once, those who remain will not be the weak. It's the strong who remain, the bent, but unbroken like the iron rods that used to give this concrete its strength."

WHAT I LIKED: I liked how this story keeps you on your toes. You're constantly asking yourself, "Is he an alien? Is she an alien? Can you trust him? No! Don't trust him!" I really have to admit that there were no slow parts to the story, it might be close to 500 pages, but I couldn't put it down. 

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: The story changes perspective frequently between Cassie, Evan, and Zombie. I feel like as soon as you get used to Cassie's voice and her storyline, her lone survival, it switches to Zombie in this tough, military lifestyle. At first it was annoying, but as you start to see the three storylines intertwine, and you begin to learn things that the character doesn't know. Then for all three characters to end up together, I really look forward to reading the second book and finding out how the clash of all the different characters and their personality help them all survive together. 

READALIKES: The Host by Stephenie Meyer

MOVIE RELEASE: January 22, 2016


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