“Takes a little bit before you get the full picture of what is going on, but once you get there you're hooked. Original spin on the post-apocalypse scenario...with all the craze about zombies...I find an alien invasion far more terrifying...I'd take a zombie over an alien any day. Looking forward for the next one!”Meghan wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This dystopian sci-fi thriller with a 16 year old female heroine is a fast read and well worth your time. The alien invasion is not at all what we've imagined. With themes of trust, courage and the balance between instinct and analytics, it charges along at cinematic speed while your head spins trying to figure it out.”Ron wrote this review Tuesday, November 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a fun fantasy alien invasion book for young adults, written by Rick Yancey.It captures a young adult attitude as a 9th grader, Cassie, the sole survivor of the 1st wave attack, tells the story.
A good book for 7th grade and up. In the classroom it could be used for class discussions with guiding questions. Also writing persuasive prompts based on issues in the book. There are a lot of chances to discuss new vocab as well.”
“I give this book 5/5.
If you are looking for sci-fi fantasy, this is the book you are looking for.
Diving into this book, I was expecting to find the stereotypical aliens with green faces, UFOs, and antenna. It turns out this book is about aliens with technology millions of years in the future. They find the smartest ways to invade our planet. Something that I really enjoyed about the book, was there was a confused love story. I really think anyone interested in sci-fi or dystopian this is the book for you.”
“Good book you should read it ”romanSAAS20 wrote this review Wednesday, November 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave focuses on the tragic and dramatic life of Cassie, who is struggling to live through an alien invasion or as she calls, them, Silencers. Her parents die during the 3-4th wave. She is left all alone in her little tent until she makes the decision to move for keeping a promise that was made during the invasion.
During her struggle she faces many challenges such as shortage of food, water, fear of getting killed by one of “them”, emotional breakdowns, etc. She feels that she could be the last person alive on Earth as the “Silencers” were killing everyone else.
As mentioned in the book the first wave apparently wiped of half of a million people from the earth, the second wave hit harder. It's amazing when in the book they knock out our power, and then destroy the coasts with controlled tsunamis before unleashing a plague that kills 97 percent of everyone left. Only then do the aliens begin to show their hands.
Cassie recovers from a potentially fatal injury with the help of a boy named Evan at his strangely pristine rural Ohio farm. Meanwhile at a nearby military base, Cassie’s old crush, Ben, is trained in alien destruction. Along the way, Ben’s joined by Cassie’s younger brother, Sammy. Cassie has been surviving only in the hope that she will find her brother, Sammy, who was separated from her after their dad’s death.
Yancey makes the story more interesting by starting the story, were it would probably make an ending to make it more interesting and let the reader know what all had probably happened during the invasion. To be honest the first 2 to 3 pages in count were annoyingly boring. But as you proceed it gets more interesting.
In all the book is filled with tragedy, a bit of romance, hope for a better tomorrow and the whole story is about one character grabbing another's hand. In all it’s a great book and is worth a read.
“Appropriate for ages 12 and up”Danville Library wrote this review Monday, November 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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“I set the book down multiple times trying to get into it, after about 1/2 way it sucked me in and I can't wait for the next book. If there is going to be a next book. Definitely for a more mature young adult group. A lot of violence, but a great post apocalyptic story.”Kali R wrote this review Tuesday, October 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I love me some good YA dystopia, and this one has a good premise and writing - unfortunately, the characters are woefully underdeveloped and frankly the series are all starting to blur together for me. (I was trying to think of which one it reminded me of - Delirium, Matched, or Divergent - but couldn't immediately call to mind which series was which. Sad. Maybe if I'd read this one first..but, oh, wait - I didn't.) I loved that the book started right in the middle of the action, but I never understood who Cassie was. I couldn't really care about her losing her family when I never had the chance to see them interact. I don't know what kind of music she was into, what things she liked to do, where she hung out, how she talked to her mom, etc. Perhaps the author deliberately made her a blank slate as device (who you are now is all that you have, etc.) but he missed the opportunity to let us get to know her. ”Amester wrote this review Thursday, October 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No