Book Addicts: ‘The 5th Wave’ will keep you riveted until the end

August 18, 2013 

  • ‘5TH WAVE’ by Rick Yancey; Putnam Juvenile ($18.99)

Publisher’s summary: After the first wave, only darkness remains. After the second, only the lucky escape. And after the third, only the unlucky survive. After the fourth wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the fifth 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.

My take: This book hooked me from the very beginning. The main character, Cassie, has a very unique and strong voice, and the way that Yancey married together the backstory of the alien invasion with Cassie’s current situation was nothing short of interesting.

The story reminded me strongly of a mash-up of Stephenie Meyer’s “The Host” and Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game” (which I despised); but Yancey created a version I actually liked. “5th Wave” is full of action, fighting, on-the-edge-of-your-seat drama, a little bit of romance (that could’ve been built up to give the reader a bit more anticipation), and a whole lot of violence. Which is why I warn the parent or sensitive reader, this book deals with a rather heavy concept of children being made into lethal soldiers and a lot of death.

The ending is a bit of a cliff-hanger, but the book is still a pretty good self-contained story.

My rating: As long as you aren’t sensitive to violence or aliens, it’s a must read.

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