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Title: The 5th Wave
Author: Rick Yancey
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Publication Date: May 2013
Hardcover: 480 Pages
Free copy provided by Edelweiss
The 5th Wave by Robert Yancy is a summer blockbuster type YA novel. It is the book to put in the hands of teens this summer, especially fans of dystopian and alien attack stories. The dystopian genre which is the new in genre at the moment is full of clones of the novel that started the craze. (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins) With so many wannabes out there what sets this book apart? For me it was the alien attack scenario.
Most YA dystopian books like The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch or Divergent by Veronica Roth take place with a society that has blown itself up. This time the collapse was caused by an alien invasion. After four waves of the attack The 5th Wave starts with the final phase of the attack. The humans don’t know who to trust and desperately need to find safety in numbers.
When Cassie (our heroine) watches her brother Sammy bussed off to safety, she knows she must stay alone to stay alive but do anything she can to find her brother. Desperate and alone she begins her quest.
There were many things about this book that I really liked. I liked the action ,fast pace, and the fact that the romance did not overpower the action. I was not crazy about the multiple narrative style. It took time to adjust to this style of multiple narrators and figure out who was telling the story.
Overall, I would say that this is still a good book to put in the hands of Avid readers as the multiple narrators and at times slow pace will discourage reluctant readers. This is definitely a book for fans of Divergent and The Darkest Minds. ”
“Newly-arrived aliens' intentions soon become chillingly clear: extermination. -- Bookmarks No. 65”Bookmarks Magazine Selections wrote this review Sunday, June 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“True to the advertising, The 5th Wave will appeal to both Sci-Fi and Dystopian fans. Aliens are beginning Wave 5 of their takeover of Earth. Over 97% of the population is gone and the ones left don't know who to trust. The story unfolds from different perspectives - Cassie, Ben, Evan, Sammy. Some of the timelines overlap and it takes a good part of the book to tell the story of waves 1-4, bring the separate characters/stories together and really begin moving forward. For me, it didn't become a page-turner until the last 1/4. Cassie and Evan's distraction with romance (while in the midst of an Alien infestation) may appeal to teens, but most of it seems out of place in such a horrific backdrop. But, aside from that and the slow start, I did end up really liking the story. Just when things start really happening, Yancy brings this story arc to a close and we are left to wait for the next book to come out to find out what happens next. ”lindajoy wrote this review Saturday, June 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I've probably read too many books in this genre...it was good, I just didn't attach as much to the main character. But overall, a good read.”JorieG wrote this review Friday, June 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Entertaining, if implausible, apocalyptic YA book.”Jennifer P wrote this review Friday, June 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“interesting and compelling page-turner. Having recently read Wool, I feel it lacks that depth of story and interest, but still solid”Ms. L wrote this review Thursday, June 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“4.5* Good story and story-telling, disturbing in a good way”Megan S wrote this review Thursday, June 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A surprisingly great story from a writer I had never heard of....hoping for an equally compelling sequel”MrShaggy78 wrote this review Wednesday, June 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Amazing book, it keeps you hooked! I don't want to give too much away but imagine that one day, everything changed and within 6 months you just might the last human being alive. This book was not what I expected but its one of those stories that you just need the sequel and are disappointed when the release date is not out yet. ”Kristen S wrote this review Monday, July 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A page turner of the best kind. A blend of War of the Worlds and The Hugner Games. Set in the future, the earth has been occupied by The Others, but they are in the form of humans- making it impossible to know who is who and what is what. Each successive 'wave" has further crippled surviving humans, until the 5th wave, where the line betweenus and them is so blurrred, it is just impossible to tell where you start and their evil begins. ”JRoberts wrote this review Monday, June 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No